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About RESP

People who arrive in Australia on humanitarian visas often face major barriers in finding employment. The NSW Government’s Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) provides support to make it easier for refugees to join the workforce and find skilled, long-term employment. 

SSI delivers RESP services in two NSW regions. We help participants plan a pathway to employment, assess those who need additional support to be job ready, and link them to training resources and tools.

How we help

We work with participants to develop a pathway to employment through language, education and employment plans (LEEPs).
Where needed, our facilitators help you to develop employable levels of English and to gain relevant work skills.
We can connect you with mentors and pursue recognition of your existing qualifications on the way to finding work.

Am I eligible for RESP?

RESP is available to people who are underemployed or who are unemployed and require extra support. 

Any person who has arrived in Australia from December 1, 2011 on a refugee visa, aged 16* to 66, is eligible for the program.  

*For those under 18 years of age, we require a signed certificate of exemption. 

Get in touch

Sydney and Illawarra  

We provide RESP services to people living in the western Sydney and Illawarra regions, or other regions within NSW that can be reasonably serviced by us.  



Address: Level 1/45 – 47 Scott Street, Liverpool NSW 2170

P: 02 9600 3100




Address: 7 William Street, Fairfield, NSW 2165  

P: 02 8111 7000 


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