Today marks the first day of the new Settlement Services Program (SSP) for newly arrived migrants, humanitarian entrants and refugees, delivered by the 22-member consortium NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP).
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis.
The SSP delivers core settlement support for humanitarian entrants and migrants in their first five years in Australia, focusing on activities to assist clients to become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society.
Led by Settlement Services International (SSI), the NSP comprises 22 organisations* - SSI’s 11 member Migrant Resource Centres and multicultural services - as well as 10 organisations based around the state including rural areas.
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said: “From today and for the next three years, these partners will deliver settlement services in agreed areas of NSW, under the Department of Social Services’ Settlement Services Program.
“Our members and consortium partners will provide support for eligible clients to promote economic and personal wellbeing, independence and community connectedness. These services can also facilitate pathways to learning English, education and employment readiness.
“For refugee and humanitarian entrants, the new program builds on the foundation services provided by Humanitarian Settlement Services, by delivering services that assist eligible clients to become fully functioning members of society.
“In delivering the SSP, we look forward to engaging with communities and organisations in our regions,” Ms Roumeliotis said.
The NSW Settlement Partnership is supported by the Department of Social Services under the Families and Communities Programme (Settlement Services) . For more information please visit dss.gov.au.
*The NSP includes SSI and SSI members:
Auburn Diversity Services
Cabramatta Community Centre (Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre)
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Illawarra Multicultural Services
Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre
Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative
Northern Settlement Services
St George Migrant Resource Centre
Sydney Multicultural Community Services
SydWest Mulitcultural Services
Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre
Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre
Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPD)
Gymea Community Aid and Information Service
Khmer Community of NSW
Lebanese Community Council of NSW
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Centre
Melkite Community Welfare Association
Nepean Migrant Access
Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (from July 1, 2016)