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Refugee Support

The Humanitarian Settlement Program provides essential early support and information to refugees and humanitarian entrants. Learn more

IgniteAbility

IgniteAbility Small Business Start-ups is a pilot program established to facilitate business creation for people with disability. Learn More:

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Local Area Coordination

SSI is partnered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to support people aged 7 and over to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and other mainstream community services. Learn more

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SSI Employment

Employment is integral for newly arrived refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and for other vulnerable people in our community. Learn more

SSI News Blog

Looking back on 2020: Ezidi refugee children thrive at Armidale's Intensive English Centre - Redland City Bulletin

Two years ago, when Ezidi refugees arrived in Armidale in northern NSW, a local teacher Sarah Mills started teaching an intensive English class at Armidale High School. Click here to read the full article.

Victoria’s $69m package for multicultural communities - Neos Kosmos

On Tuesday 24 November, Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence talking to multicultural media announced a $3m investment in multicultural media as part of a $69m package for multicultural communities. Click here to read the full article. 

Peak body backs NSW plan to set aside quarantine places for international students - SBS News

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants to bring in up to 1,000 international students and skilled migrants a week to help boost the economy. Click here to read the SBS News article. 

New translation app interprets COVID-19 screening information for non-English speakers - The Mandarin

The CSIRO and Victorian health service Western Health have developed a free mobile app that aims to support health workers involved in COVID-19 screening processes when assisting patients from non-English speaking communities. Click here to read the full article. 

ETHNIC MINORITIES IN MELBOURNE FELT TARGETED BY VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT REFERENCING ‘LARGE FAMILIES’ - THE FEED

The ‘second wave’ in Victoria has subsided but some of the state’s ethnic communities have felt hurt by the government’s use of language around large families. Click here to read the full SBS News article. 

Quality services and support

SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.

SSI draws on its expertise and experience to advocate for the people and communities it serves. Through the work we do, we empower people to change their lives. Through our advocacy and representation, we influence ideas and policy.

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 reach their potential.