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The Settlement Council of Australia* (SCOA) welcomes the Government’s announcement to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake by an additional 12,000 permanent places for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

As a multicultural society Australia is well equipped to welcome these additional refugees. The federally funded Humanitarian Settlement Service (HSS) providers have the capacity and knowledge to assist with their transition into Australian communities across the country.

SCOA’s Chair Dewani Bakkum said, “Refugees bring much with them, contributing greatly to their new communities economically, socially and culturally. Research has shown the positive impact refugees make. A short-term investment in their well-being will benefit Australia in the long-term. Settlement service providers are vital to ensuring these positive outcomes.”

SCOA applauds the Government for their commitment to addressing the growing global humanitarian crisis with permanent settlement.

*The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) is the national peak body representing migrant and refugee settlement agencies across Australia, including SSI. 

Media Contact:
Dewani Bakkum, SCOA Chair - 0434 744 620
Eugenia Tsoulis, SCOA Deputy Chair - 0419 852 993

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Four Brave Women: Summer Hill café empowers refugee entrepreneurs

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenFour Brave Women is open for business!

Developed as a joint initiative between The Trading Circle, a division of the charity Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and SSI, Four Brave Women is a café and community space where refugees have the opportunity to create a sustainable income for themselves using their culinary skills. It is a creative and inclusive space that celebrates different cultures through food and art.

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