Media Releases

Community Refugee Welcome Centre recognised

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Inner West Council’s Community Refugee Welcome Centre has won the inaugural 2021 Salvos Multicultural Welcome Project Award.

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SSI adds news members from Queensland and Tasmania

Settlement Services International (SSI) has boosted its membership with the addition of two new members: QLD-based Yumba Meta and MRC Northern Tasmania.

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SSI celebrates International Day of People with Disability

Settlement Services International (SSI), has today celebrated the International Day of People with Disability (3 December 2021) by hosting an event for some of its 16,000+ clients and staff. The International Day of People with Disability aims to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

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SSI appoints Etienne Roux to key role in QLD operations

Etienne Roux, formerly Head of Health & Community Services at Access Community Services Limited, has been named SSI Group’s Head of Health, Community Services and Queensland State Lead.

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Access welcomes funding to support an inclusive Queensland

Access Community Services Limited (Access) is one of 19 organisations to receive funding for three years to connect Queensland people with opportunities for inclusion in local employment, services, social networks and industries.

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SSI expands Victorian services with new employment programs

Settlement Services International’s (SSI) services in Victoria for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have recently expanded to include support for job seekers.

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Overcoming stigma is key to overcoming gambling addiction

Settlement Services International (SSI) is calling on the community to assist in breaking down the stigma associated with gambling addiction, which causes many people to feel too embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help.

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Newcastle gives warm welcome to Afghan arrivals

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Northern Settlement Services (NSS) thank the Newcastle community for the generous donations to Afghan arrivals in the region over the past fortnight.

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Refugees especially vulnerable to mental health toll of COVID-19

A study has explored the mental health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

COVID-19 stressors are negatively impacting resettled refugees’ mental health, a new study by UNSW Sydney psychologists in partnership with Australian Red Cross, Settlement Services International (SSI) and Phoenix Australia at the University of Melbourne has shown. COVID-related worries – including the pandemic reminding refugees of traumatic events in the past – were linked to higher levels of PTSD, depression, health anxiety symptoms, and poorer daily functioning.

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Afghan women and girls at risk desperately need Australia’s protection

Settlement Services International (SSI) has joined humanitarian organisations, human rights groups and Afghan communities in Australia in urging the federal government to consider a special intake of Afghan refugees fleeing violence from the Taliban.

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Army patrolling Western Sydney streets demoralising to multicultural communities

Measures in the last 24 hours deploying Australian Defence Force personnel to Greater Sydney to ensure residents are complying with COVID-19 orders is undermining the pressing need for collaborative action to solve the evolving crisis in NSW, according to community organisation and social business, Settlement Services International (SSI).

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COVID-19 is not a western Sydney problem

An emerging narrative typifying COVID-19 as a ‘western Sydney problem’ is undermining the pressing need for collaborative action to solve the evolving crisis in NSW, according to community organisation and social business, Settlement Services International.

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Queensland Local Jobs facilitator recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award

Settlement Services International (SSI) Group’s Wivenhoe Local Jobs Program employment facilitator, John Perry OAM, was awarded the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month for his long-term involvement in employment initiatives and social enterprises around Australia.

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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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