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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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Is this a course?

No. SSI Youth@Work is a flexible one-on-one mentoring program, without the need to study or complete any additional training.

How much time do I have to commit?

It’s up to you! We recommend you check in at least fortnightly with your mentor via phone, SMS or email, and meet face-to-face once per month. You must be willing to meet with your mentor for at least three months.

 

Where do I meet my mentor?

SSI Youth@Work staff will set up your first meeting with your mentor, and then you can negotiate with your mentor to find a time and place that suits you. Libraries, cafes or SSI offices are great locations for face-to-face meetings.

 

Who will my mentor be?

SSI Youth@Work mentors range from retired teachers to young professionals. Our staff will try to match you with mentors who have skills or experience that align with your interests.

 

What if I want to change mentors?

If things aren’t working for you, we will do our best to match you with another mentor. 

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.