Success stories


“My own aim for life was not to rely on Centrelink.”

Jamsheed Shaharyar, refugee from Iran


Quality services and support for vulnerable communities

Settlement Services International is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, foster care and disability support in NSW. SSI is the largest not-for-profit humanitarian settlement organisation in Australia. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Business start-ups

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  • "Growing up was very complicated"

      Sarah Yahya, 19, was born hearing impaired in Iraq in 1995, to a Mandaean family that lived in fear for their safety. The Mandaean ethnic-religious group has been increasingly persecuted since not long after Sarah arrived in the world. Sarah Yahya: "I think I learnt a lot about...

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  • Young refugee Bashir Yousufi shares his story

      Bashir Yousufi was just 13 when he set out on the long journey from Pakistan through Asia to Australia.  His father had been killed in Afghanistan by Taliban extremists, Bashir said, because he was of the Hazara ethnic group, and his mother had died from cancer.   Taking his opportunities: Bashir...

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  • "Have you heard of boat people? I'm like them"

      Customers of Sydney bank teller Asif Haideri come and go, never suspecting he is much different to them. Those who he strikes a conversation with are shocked, he said, to learn he is ethnic Hazara from Afghanistan and was once kidnapped and tortured by the Taliban.  Sydney bank teller, and asylum...

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Volunteer with us

Every day our volunteers make a huge contribution to our services. Contact us about joining the program.

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Become a foster carer

Contact us if you are interested in providing a nurturing home for children in care and maintaining their cultural connections.