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SSI Speaker Series: Stronger Starts, Brighter Futures

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Early childhood education in the pre-school years is critical to a strong start in life. However, with more culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australian children starting school, many are missing out on early childhood education and are more likely to be developmentally vulnerable. 

We invite you to join Settlement Services International for the launch of new research that shines a light on the need to increase the participation of CALD children in early learning and development.

Learn of actions that governments, policymakers, service providers and civil society can pursue to reduce barriers and increase access to early education for culturally diverse children and their families.

When: Wednesday 31st March, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Where: Australia at Home online platform

Registration is free, but essential. Please ensure you register your attendance to receive the zoom link.

Click here to secure your place


The launch of Stronger Starts, Brighter Futures will include a response to the findings from Anne Hollonds, Australian National Children's Commissioner, followed by a panel discussion featuring esteemed speakers:

 

Sally Brinkman 

Sally is a paediatric epidemiologist with the majority of her research focusing on societies’ impact on child development. She is the Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative of the Telethon Kids Institute in partnership with the Department for Educationin South Australia to enhance research translation into policy and practice. Sally is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide with over 150 publications covering topics such as child development, early education, child physical activity and nutrition, poverty, inequality, and teenage pregnancy prevention.

Jay Weatherill

Before becoming Premier of South Australia, Jay was Minister for Early Childhood Development and was inspired by the work of the late Fraser Mustard, Carla Rinaldi of Reggio Children, and many others.As Premier of South Australia, he supported the development of more than 100 centres for early childhood development and parenting across the state. These centres are designed to provide integrated services, and support highly qualified practitioners seeking to connect families with the latest, evidence-based understanding of early childhood development.He is now advocating for system reform across Australia as CEO of Thrive by Five, a campaign to make Australia's early learning childcare system high quality and universally accessible.

Yamamah Agha

Yamamah joined SSI in 2011 as the Manager of the Humanitarian Settlement Program. She leads all of SSI’s Settlement Programs (HSP), which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. With over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, Yamamah has a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. She has a particular interest in women's rights, and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their potential.

Myra Geddes

Myra brings significant experience to Goodstart, as a driving force of social policy and reform that has helped transform and improve the quality of life of Australians. She has been the senior social policy advisor to two Australian prime ministers and has worked across early childhood education and care, schools, community services and health policy at state and national levels. Myra co-wrote Preschool – Two Years are Better Than One with Dr Stacey Fox at the Mitchell Institute which aimed to help compel Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all three-year-olds have access to high-quality early childhood education by offering a second year of preschool.

Anne Hollonds

Anne Hollonds commenced as National Children’s Commissioner in November 2020. Before her appointment to the role, Anne was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing. In over five years in this role she was also Director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre. For more than 23 years Anne has been a Chief Executive Officer of government and nongovernment organisations focussed on policy, service delivery and research in health, education and social services, including the Benevolent Society and Relationships Australia NSW.

Adam Carey (Moderator)

Adam Carey has been The Age's education editor since 2019. Previously he was the paper's state political correspondent, and transport reporter. He has huge admiration for the dedication and skills of Australia's early childhood educators, who taught and cared for his son during the pandemic year of 2020.

Refugee Week 2019: What's on

Refugee Week 2019: What's on

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

During Refugee Week we:

• reflect on the needs faced by millions of people forced from their homes
• come together to celebrate the courage of refugees resettling in Australia
• recognise the generous acts of welcome displayed to refugees by so many caring Australians

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Key SSI events for Refugee Week

June 15 – 22: Homelands Tour 2019

A seven-date, collaborative live music tour across QLD and NSW (Logan, Ipswich, Loganlea, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Casula and Lilyfield). Click here for all tour dates.

June 22: SSI New Beginnings Winter Festival

A full-day public program of activities is led by newly arrived artists and will feature live performances, including the finale of Homelands. The event will officially form part of Open Inner West festival at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Leichhardt.

June 26: Community Kitchen Refugee Week event

SSI Community Kitchen will celebrate Refugee Week with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), 11am - 2pm, Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn.

Events hosted by member and partner organisations

June 16: Step With Refugees in Sydney - World Refugee Day Walk from Pirrama Park.

UNHCR is running this event in partnership with SSI and will bring together Sydneysiders and recently-arrived refugees that now also call Sydney home. After the walks alongside the iconic harbour, celebrate World Refugee Day with music and food stalls run by former refugees. Register here.

June 17: MDSI Refugee Week event

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, is holding a Refugee Week event at Campbelltown Council Civic Hall, 91 Queen Street, Campbelltown, 10 AM - 2 PM. Featuring guest speakers, information stalls, activities, photo booth, face painting, performances and light refreshments. To RSVP, or for further information, contact Sana m. 0419 751 552 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Fatin m. 0407 215 128 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ivania Joya m. 0490 816 268 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 17 – 21: Finding Your Feet Refugee Week tapestry workshops

Join artists Sayd Abdali and Jane Théau to help us make a tapestry rug during Refugee Week. The design of the rug celebrates the new lives that refugees begin in Australia. Sayd Abdali is a master Afghan tapestry artist. He has developed a unique needle to weave his designs through a technique known as punch needling (or tufting). Sayd is an expert in this technique, using it to support his family during 30 years living as a refugee in Iran. Every day, 10am-12pm, and 12.30pm to 2pm.

Free and bookings not required: https://www.sea.museum/tapestry-workshop

June 18: Information forum about refugees and asylum seekers.

Come to this information session hosted by Advance Diversity Services and Bayside Council to find out about: Difference between refugees and asylum seekers; Basic legal context around asylum seekers and refugees; What government support or services are available for refugees and asylum seekers; Where to make referrals for refugee or asylum seeker clients. Coronation Hall, 23 Barden St, Arncliffe NSW 2205, 9am - 12pm. Register before June 17: http://bit.ly/ads-rw-2019

June 18: #RefugeeWeek Breakfast

Join Sydney Multicultural Community Services and North Sydney Council for a #RefugeeWeek Breakfast with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis as he speaks about his extraordinary journey — from Iraq to Western Australia’s Curtin Detention Centre to being one of the world’s foremost surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees and, incredibly, back to Iraq.

Hear also from the Roje Ndayambaje, Refugee Performance Poet, and Antoinette Uwera from the Asylum Seekers Centre.

From 7:30 to 9:30, Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Pl, Crows Nest, 2065.

For more information, contact Noel Zihabamwe on 9955 3952 or Eric Poulos on 9936 8193.

Bookings essential: visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-week-breakfast-with-aprofessor-munjed-al-muderis-tickets-57755158233

June 19: “A world of stories”

Hosted by the Penrith Multicultural Interagency, including SydWest Multicultural Services and Nepean Multicultural Access, this event for community members, leaders, workers and businesses from the Penrith area will run from 10am to 2pm. St Mary’s Community Centre, St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct, Building 5, 29 Swanston Street, St Marys. Light lunch provided. Bookings essential by June 16 to Lauro Sado, 9833 2416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 19: Join CORE Community Services for a celebration of Fairfield's diverse cultures!

Refugee Week is a significant event for CORE Community Services. Fairfield City being home to many generations of migrants and refugees, it is important to recognise and celebrate the valueable contributions refugees have made among our society and to celebrate their resilience. There will be an art competition and a celebration of cultures through food, music and cultural performance.

Monamor Reception, Level 1 / 41-43 Smart St, Fairfield, NSW 2165; 9:30 to 12:30. Contact Morlai Kamara on (02) 9727 0477 for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 19: Journey Beyond Fear screenings

Gymea Community Aid & Information Service and Sutherland Shire Council are proud to present two screenings of Robyn Hughan’s Journey Beyond Fear, a feature documentary told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement. This emotional roller coaster takes us from despair to joy through hope, humour and love — shattering prevailing stereotypes. There will be Q&A after each screening with a guest speaker from a refugee background. Regional Arts Centre & Gallery 782 Kingsway, Gymea.

1.30pm screening book here | 6.30pm screening book here

June 19: Refugee Week film screening SOLD OUT

CORE Community Services’ free Refugee Week film screening, from 12:00 to 16:00, Hoyts Australia, Polding Street, Wetherill Park 2164. To book tickets or for further information contact Julie on (02) 8707 0637, Lidia (02) 8707 0644 or Claudia (02) 87171529.

June 19: Journeys of Resilience, Courage and Hope

The Multicultural Services Network invites all to a celebration of Journeys of Resilience, Courage and Hope at the Granville TAFE Library from 10am - 12pm. This free event includes morning tea, performances, and a panel discussion where panellists will share their journeys of resilience, courage and hope which have come out of their personnel refugee experiences, overcoming challenges, and settlement achievements in Australia. For further information contact Anisha on (02) 9687 9901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maria on (02) 9891 8128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

June 20: Blacktown City Refugee Week celebration

Celebrating refugees’ contributions and successes. Hosts include MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency), SydWest Multicultural Services and SSI. From 12.30pm to 4pm at Westfield Mt Druitt and Dawson Mall. Barbecue, entertainment, information stalls, youth and children’s activities and more.

June 20: Free community dinner

Share a meal and celebrate the positive contribution of refugees in our community. Program includes inspiring guest speakers, entertainment and kids’ activities. Child minding available. Kogarah School of Arts, Corner Queens Avenue and Bowns Road, Kogarah, 5.00pm - 8.00pm. Supported by Advance Diversity Services, Settlement Services International and Refugee Council of Australia. Booking at the ‘What’s On’ page at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au 

June 20: CORE Community Services’ Two Months A Year Café

Immerse yourself in all-inclusive performance of diaspora communities celebrating diversity. Narratives of struggle, hope, love, bravery, resilience and culture through the lens of one event, honoured through music, visual storytelling and stage performance. Powerhouse Youth Theatre, 19 Harris Street, Fairfield, 2165.

http://corecs.org.au/whatson/twomonthsayearcafe/ 

June 21: Film night

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, with the Camden Cohesive Communities Group, is organising a film night at Oran Park Library. The Merger explores the decline of a cash-strapped Aussie Rules rural footy club and the recruitment of refugees to keep the club viable.

June 21: Sydney Multicultural Community Services #RefugeeWeek Event

Sydney Multicultural Community Services is hosting a #RefugeeWeek Event to celebrate the journey, survival and resilience of people from a refugee background. There will be free food, performances, an art exhibition, henna tattoos and more.

From 10:30 to 12:30, Sydney Multicultural Community Services, 3 General Bridges Crescent, Daceyville.

June 21: Word of Mouth - Refugee StorySLAM

Migration is only one part of the journey. In recognition of this and to celebrate Refugee Week, join us at “Word of Mouth” and celebrate stories by local refugees in a live story–slam format. The event will run from 10 am to 12 pm and be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. This is a not-to be missed event where you will have the chance to hear from 15 local community members as they share their own stories of resilience, growth and hope. This is a free event open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP’s are essential.

To RSVP, email Miriama Tamata at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8711 7405.

Homelands Arts Tour

Settlement Services International (SSI), Access Community Services and BEMAC are proud to present Homelands, a week long multi-disciplinary arts tour across Queensland and New South Wales. 

Showcasing seven talented artists, Homelands aims to raise awareness and understanding of refugee experiences through cinematic exhibitions, live music, Q&As and workshops. Homelands brings artists and communities together in creative and meaningful ways that promote social cohesion and unity. 

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The program
 

‘Beyond Refuge’ exhibition - a series of captivating and poignant cinema poems and photo-stories produced by CuriousWorks, created by six Sydney based artists who share an asylum seeker and refugee experience. The series encompasses: 

  • Calendar - directed by Ali Al Azeez
  • New home, New hopes – created by Elham BehinAein
  • My name is Mohamed and Raghad. We don’t exist here anymore - directed by Ali Mousawi
  • El Baile - directed by Daisy Montalvo
  • Trinity - directed by Samia Halabi
  • Flashback - directed by Sean Ly

‘Beyond Refuge’ workshops and Q&As with award-winning filmmakers Ali Al Azeez and Daisy Montalvo.

Live music headlined by LUATÈ. – a South Sudanese/Australian artist who is an emerging alt-pop singer/songwriter based in Brisbane. A modern-day Tracey Chapman, LUATÈ. creates highly emotive works, penning lyrics laden with viscous imagery.

The tour will take place from June 21 to June 26 in celebration of Refugee Week 2021. Homelands will traverse through art galleries, TAFEs, arts centres, community centres and live music venues across regional and metropolitan Queensland and New South Wales.

Tour dates:

NSW

Armidale, Monday 22 – 26 June: Beyond Refuge exhibition @ New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)

Sydney, Tuesday 22 June, 10am: LUATÈ. live music @ Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Coffs Harbour, Thursday 24 June, 6pm: Beyond Refuge screening and Q&A @ Coffs Harbour Education Campus. Register here.

Armidale, Friday 25 June: Beyond Refuge exhibition workshops @ NERAM

Armidale, Saturday 26 June: Beyond Refuge exhibition closing event @ NERAM

QLD

Logan, Tuesday 22 June: Beyond Refuge screening and Q&A @ The Access Gateway

Underwood, Saturday 26 June, 2pm: LUATÈ. live music @ Monkey Tree Brewing Co.


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International Metropolis Conference 2018

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Sydney Conference Dates: 29 October – 2 November 2018

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Join global thought leaders of the migration sector to drive innovation and social change at #Metropolis2018; the only international event to focus on migration, diversity and integration. What are the economic benefits of migration? And what is the relationship between business, employment and migration policies? Join the conversation! Register before price increase 30 September.

New thinking on migration starts here. 

Conference Theme: Global Migration in Turbulent Times - Explore the conference program here

Join the world’s brightest academic, government and community leaders and practitioners for a week of learning, discussion and debate on migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis will be an intellectually challenging, culturally rewarding opportunity to network and explore the latest thinking and practices in migration policy, research and programs. International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCC)

Staged in Sydney, from October 29th to November 2nd the conference will provide a unique platform to debate, discuss and critique policy approaches, practice and research in relation to migration. At a time when migration and its place in the body politic is at a critical inflection point, Metropolis 2018 is set to generate global interest and influence.

Metropolis is hosted Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW).

More than 700 people are expected to attend this year’s event, one of the largest in the conference’s history.

Attended by academia, business leaders, government and key decision makers and community organisations, Metropolis 2018 will facilitate dialogue and critical conversations for a broad global debate and shifts in policy approaches.

The theme for this year’s conference is Global migration and diversity in turbulent times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes:

• Business, enterprise and employment as catalysts for transformation & social change
• Migration and Mobility - the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific
• Displacement and asylum: the new dimensions driving an old phenomenon
• Visible and powerful: migrant voices in a connected world
• Conflicting agendas? National, local and regional responses and the global governance of migration
• Religious diversity: a bridge or a barrier to belonging?
• Migration and inequality - complex and overlapping challenges under a microscope
• Australia as a multicultural paradise: myths and realities

For the first time, the Conference will also focus on the impact of migration on First Peoples and will profile the importance of their stories including those of Indigenous Australians.

While the Conference runs from Monday to Friday, event hosts SSI are building a program of events and activities to make your stay in Sydney something to remember. On Saturday 3 November, as part of the Conference Cultural Program, SSI will host The New Beginnings Festival in Spring a celebration of the artistic vibrancy, cultural expressions and heritage of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Keep an eye out for more satellite events and activities.

The Organising Committee for the Sydney International Metropolis Conference has just announced that 25 scholarships are available for PhD and other graduate students to pay for the full conference registration fees, valued at $750. More information here. Scholarship applicants should send an email application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register by 30 September 2018. The application should include University affiliation, PhD Topic, a CV and a letter of support from your supervisor.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney.

Violet Roumeliotis, Conference Chair, Settlement Services International
Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, Conference Chair, Australian Multicultural Foundation
Hakan Harman, Conference Chair, Multicultural NSW

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Fundraise as an individual or a group by taking part in an existing challenge event or by creating your own. The sky’s the limit, from fun runs, morning teas and dress-up days to backyard BBQs and trivia nights. You can also collect donations in lieu of gifts for your special celebration or in tribute to a loved one.

It’s easy! In minutes you can set up your own online fundraising page and start sharing it to collect online donations.

Your efforts will help SSI ensure that vulnerable people receive vital resources and access to programs for their health, education and social participation, such as SSI's Community Kitchen, sports activities, programs for mothers and children, and scholarships.

SSI’s fundraising kit provides all the information and resources you need to take your fundraising to the next level. Download the PDF kit below:

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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.