Media Releases

New resident welfare wait times must be reduced, not increased, in interest of equity and the economy

A measure forcing new permanent residents to wait four years before they can access most government welfare payments and family tax benefit risks exacerbating inequality for people who are starting out and already contributing tax to the Australian economy, according to Settlement Services International (SSI).

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Consistency required in approach to international COVID-19 outbreaks

Australia's robust COVID-19 containment system could open the door for citizens and visa holders in India who are seeking to return home, according to community organisation and social business Settlement Services International (SSI).

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SSI and Allianz mark five years in partnership; almost 200 refugee scholarships awarded to date

Allianz Australia and Settlement Services International (SSI) are proud to mark five years of partnership with almost 200 (177) scholarships cumulatively granted to support people of refugee backgrounds achieve independence in Australia. The milestone was celebrated at the annual Allianz SSI scholarships ceremony held virtually where 20 individuals from a refugee background were awarded scholarships; each who required financial assistance for their education or attained local recognition for their qualifications.

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New multicultural support for people experiencing gambling harm

A new multicultural service provided by Settlement Services International (SSI) and funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will support individuals, families and communities experiencing gambling harm. 

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Culture not a risk factor for youth incarceration

Contrary to recent media coverage, culture is not responsible for the overrepresentation of African youth in Victorian crime statistics, according to community-based social business Settlement Services International (SSI).

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Underutilised migrant skills a huge opportunity

A report looking at the contribution of permanent skilled migrants highlights the unrealised potential in newcomer communities and the need to provide income support and access to family tax benefits earlier in the settlement journey, according to Australia’s largest refugee and migration resettlement support provider, Settlement Services International (SSI).

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Quashed anti-racism campaign highlights need for national response

A Sydney mayor’s derailing of an anti-racism campaign highlights the need for a coordinated national response to racism in Australia, according to Australia’s largest refugee and migration resettlement support provider, Settlement Services International (SSI).

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SSI welcomes Closing the Gap report

Settlement Services International (SSI) has welcomed the release of the 2021 Closing the Gap report, released today, and backed the Australian Human Rights Commision’s calls for large-scale systemic reform to avoid preventable deaths and protect Indigenous health, wellbeing, culture and Country.

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Artists to create a stir celebrating migration on Harmony Day

Sydney-based contemporary artists will bring their stories to life through a vibrant and interactive program at the Australian National Maritime Museum to celebrate Harmony Day, Sunday, March 21.

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Data collection will help protect vulnerable communities

Settlement Services International (SSI) has welcomed news that a person’s birthplace and languages spoken will be recorded when they receive a COVID-19 vaccine or test positive to the virus.

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Meagre JobSeeker increase a missed opportunity to 'build back better'

Settlement Services International (SSI) has described the federal government’s decision to increase JobSeeker by only $50 a fortnight as a missed opportunity to lift people out of poverty and “build back better”.

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SSI welcomes evidence of social cohesion and endorses calls for national anti-racism strategy

Settlement Services International (SSI) has welcomed the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2020 Mapping Social Cohesion Report and its findings that Australians continue to show strong support for multiculturalism and immigration, yet SSI is concerned about the continuing evidence of high levels of racism against migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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Motherland exhibition explores displacement and migration

An exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in January seeks to create a more nuanced narrative about contemporary migration and displacement by portraying the issue through the eyes of diverse artists.

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SSI staff to provide local knowledge to help jobseekers find work

Three Settlement Services International (SSI) staff have been named among nine new Employment Facilitators helping job seekers find work as part of the Federal Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program.

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‘The Melody of Humanity’ video launch for Human Rights Day

The Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Lilyfield, will observe Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10, by launching The Melody of Humanity, a cross-cultural and multilingual music video.

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Settlement services recognised as a key contributor to multicultural success

Settlement Services International (SSI) has welcomed Labor’s Multicultural Statement, launched in Canberra today, and hopes it will inspire a broader public discussion on multiculturalism and migration policy, with a focus on fairness, inclusion and opportunity.  

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New research finds that Australia’s refugees are settling well

The settlement experiences of 133 Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugee families living in NSW are examined in a new report, which highlights the importance of English language training and other support programs to ensure refugees have a great start to their new life.

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National tragedy is a shared responsibility

Settlement Services International (SSI) acknowledges and honours the lives of two women who died on November 30, alleged victims of separate incidents of domestic violence.

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Report launch casts light on experiences of culturally diverse artists during COVID-19

Online panel discusses findings from artist roundtables forming part of UNESCO ResiliArt

Settlement Services International (SSI) will facilitate an online discussion launching its new report, ‘SSI Artist Voices: experiences of the pandemic and a desired future’ hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) on December 9.

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