SSI News Blog

People are at the centre of SSI’s work. We offer a range of responses to meet the evolving needs of people who are at a stage in their life where they’re experiencing vulnerability — whether that be homelessness, unemployment, forced displacement.

 A collage showing highlights from SSI activities.
Highlights from the year at SSI.


But we also look beyond the immediate needs of individuals and communities and invest in their aspirations.

SSI’s people-first approach has inevitably led to strong outcomes — as demonstrated by our recently released 2016-17 annual report.

During the year, we provided 20,000 nights of emergency accommodation to people in need. We also helped more than 2,000 households secure long-term housing and provided settlement support to more than 10,000 refugees.

More than 1,500 people gained work experience through our social enterprises. We also helped 27 budding entrepreneurs establish a small business and supported into work 135 people with disability and 1,083 refugees and people seeking asylum.

This infographic highlights some of our key achievements during the year.

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These incredible outcomes would not have been possible without contributions from the staff, supporters, volunteers, donors and partners who make up the wider SSI community.

With your generosity, commitment and compassion, we were able to assist more than 19,000 people who came through our doors in 2016-17.

Thank you all for getting behind the important work we do with new community members and vulnerable Australians.

With your continued support, we will keep striving 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 to reach their potential.

Violet Roumeliotis

Success stories

Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student wins Youth Community Medal at NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

Bassam Maaliki, Youth Community Award Winner with The Hon. Ray Williams MP and Jada Mathyssen-Whyman goalkeeper for Western Sydney Wanderers.Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student at Homebush Bay High School and founder of the social change campaign #uBelong, was announced winner of the Youth Medal at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 21 March 2018.

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