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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

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Career development

At SSI we are committed to your personal and professional growth. We have a wide range of in-house programs and training available to staff. We encourage growth through continuous on-the-job development.

Vision and values

SSI’s 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.

Social Justice — Equity and access to all

Diversity — Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory

Compassion — Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others

Respect — Co-operation and mutual respect

Quality — Dynamic, flexible and responsive service

Ethics — Professional practices and accountability

Innovation — Commitment to partnerships and excellence

Internships

An unpaid internship is different from student placements (which are approved by an educational institution) and other voluntary work. Interns generally progress time-limited projects or scope work for larger projects in which they have an interest.

Internships can suit recently-graduated, almost-graduated, or postgraduate students who want to build their industry exposure outside of the course requirements of an educational institution. Interns at SSI are generally not involved in service delivery and are supervised by a senior member of staff.

The length of internships may vary. A typical internship is about one (1) day a week for a period of three months. However, SSI will offer a high degree of flexibility based on a person's availability and preferences.

Interns will not be paid for their participation but they will have access to SSI office resources including a hot desk, printer and photocopier, as well as guidance and mentoring from an SSI supervisor. SSI will also refund all pre-approved costs incurred in relation to the internship.

Potential benefits to interns

Interns can gain valuable industry knowledge, mentoring, a referee and a reference letter to use when seeking employment and the opportunity to observe and participate in initiatives at SSI under the supervision of highly experienced staff.

Application and selection process

All enquiries for unpaid internships should be directed to the Volunteer Program Business Partner. Applicants will be asked to complete an Application Form. There will be an initial assessment of the programs and applicant's capacity to undertake an internship with SSI. If an applicant is suitable, there will be project established that is a good match to the person's skills and interests. Applicants will be requested to attend an interview to assess their capacity and interest in the proposed internship project.

If an application is successful, the nominated SSI supervisor negotiates a project plan, induction and orientation to SSI, and on-going supervision and line management. The SSI supervisor will also be responsible for processes at the end of the internship including issuing a reference letter.

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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.