SSI 20th Anniversary 20 stories
SSI’s history is inextricably linked to its membership base of multicultural and migrant resource centres, whose aims and community roots remain at the core of SSI’s approach to delivering quality services and support for vulnerable communities. Respecting human rights and social justice and the principles of people meeting their full potential underpin all SSI programs and service delivery frameworks.
About Settlement Services International (SSI) - Online Report
SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. Read about our services and initiatives here.
Western Sydney Community Pulse Report on COVID-19
As a community organisation providing settlement and a range of other social services, including foster care, employment and disability services, Settlement Services International (SSI) is experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 on some of our most vulnerable individuals and communities. The identification of pockets of Western Sydney as COVID-19 “hotspots” has brought increased attention by SSI, our members, partners and collaborators as to how people and communities are experiencing the pandemic.
Foundations for belonging: A snapshot of newly arrived refugees
Successful settlement and integration is a goal shared by refugees, the communities where refugees settle and government at all levels. This research shines a light on aspects of integration that are often overlooked: refugees’ social connections and their access to rights and fulfilment of responsibilities
All in for Armidale: A whole-of-community approach to Ezidi settlement
A unique approach to regional refugee settlement is delivering strong results in the new settlement location of Armidale, offering insights that will guide other regional centres seeking to welcome newcomers as long-term members of their communities.
Monitoring community attitudes toward refugee settlement in Armidale, NSW
University of New England, in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI), initiated research to empirically gauge community attitudes to refugees arriving in Armidale.
Still Outside the Tent: Cultural Diversity and Disability in a Time of Reform - a Rapid Review of Evidence
This review examines the goals and vision of the National Disability Strategy with a particular focus on people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The paper explores disability and cultural diversity, barriers and challenges and enablers and ways forward to help people with disability from CALD backgrounds to achieve greater social and economic inclusion. The paper comes at a time of major social policy reform, with the rollout of the NDIS and the shift towards a rights-based and inclusive vision in the disability area.
Summary of evaluation of SSI’s Ability Links
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC) funds a range of non-government organisations to deliver Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) through a mix of generalist and Aboriginal staff called Linkers & generalist and Aboriginal Early Linkers for children aged 0–8 years. Linkers support people with disability aged 9–64 years (with or without a diagnosis), their families and carers to identify their goals and connect with their community and mainstream services. Linkers also support community organisations, mainstream services and businesses to become more inclusive of people with disability (referred to as linked organisations). Ability Links is currently funded until the 30th June 2018.
Cultural matching in Out-of-Home Care Research Summary
This research was conducted as a partnership between Macquarie University’s Department of Educational Studies, and Settlement Services International (SSI). NSW legislation requires that agencies work to maintain cultural connections for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC).
Working It Out Occasional Paper
This review examines the current evidence base to explore the strengths, opportunities and challenges facing newly arrived refugees and temporary protection visa holders in the Australian labour market. It comes at a time of major policy shifts impacting on these two cohorts of job seekers and builds a picture of refugees and temporary protection visa holders and the employment issues they currently face.
Women at risk summary
Refugee women at risk are survivors, protectors and providers. They are subject to severe and systematised human rights abuses at all stages of their journey to find refuge. Some are brutally raped and suffer endemic sexual and gender based violence. Many women and girls are forced to engage in survival sex in order to feed themselves and their families. They often bear one or more children of rape. Many are without the protection of family and community. Single women and widows are often targeted for rape and forced marriage. They suffer rejection, isolation and are at heightened risk of ongoing abuse. Many live in a constant state of insecurity and fear.
This report was presented at the Women at Risk forum in July 2014, hosted by SSI.
Keeping their hopes alive
The 70-page booklet is a good practice guide to case management with young people from refugee backgrounds.
Refugee women at risk in Australia
The report, Refugee Women at Risk in Australia, was commissioned by SSI and undertaken by the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research. It evaluated the organisation’s work with women at risk.
Arts & Culture
Established in 2014, the SSI Arts & Culture program is inspired by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their creative potential and participate meaningfully in the cultural life of a community— no matter where they come from, what language they speak, or their level of ability.
Multicultural Peer Network
An initiative funded by the NDIS, the Multicultural Peer Network facilitates peer lead support networks that aim to increase the independence and community participation of people with disability from CALD backgrounds across NSW.
NSW Settlement Partnerships: In Focus
SSI launched the NSW Settlement Partnership in Focus, a new resource showcasing an innovative service delivery model. The book is replete with success stories of the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) — a unique consortium of community organisations, led by SSI, delivering settlement services in NSW. The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja launched the book at the NSP Showcase at the SSI office in Bankstown on 7 November 2017.
Summary of Evaluation of HSS service delivery model
Settlement Services International (SSI) is contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to deliver the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program to refugees and other humanitarian entrants in the Sydney region and parts of western NSW. HSS provides tailored support to refugees, typically for between six and 12 months after arrival, to strengthen social andeconomic participation, promote independence and equip refugees with the skills and knowledge they need to start a new life in Australia.
Ignite Small Business Start-ups
COVID-19: Ignite 4 Steps to Recovery
As COVID-19 moves from a health crisis to an economic crisis, Ignite® Small Business Start-Ups have identified the need to offer a COVID-19 focused support package that can provide our clients with feasible solutions and impactful results.
Ignite small business Start-ups: Canada Impact Report 2020
Ignite® Canada is a program that helps newcomer entrepreneurs realise their dreams and start a viable business in Canada. The program is a joint initiative between Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC) and Settlement Services International (SSI) Australia.
Ignite small business Start-ups: Impact Report 2019
The Ignite® Small Business Start-Ups is an SSI initiative developed to facilitate small business creation for people from a refugee and migrant background who want to start their own business or expand an existing one. Our vision is to turn passion into possibilities by unleashing the potential of refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum to take greater control of their lives through entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Ignite Ability small business Start-ups: Impact Report 2019
Established by Settlement Services International (SSI) in 2013, the Ignite® Small Business Start-ups program has been designed to assist recently arrived refugees and other newcomers to start up their own business or consolidate an existing one.
Igniting the Entrepreneurial Passion of Newly-arrived refugees in Sydney
Ignite Small Business Start-ups Evaluation Report 2017
From Refugee to Entreprenuer in Sydney in Less Than Three Years: Final evaluation report on the SSI Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative.
Reaching in by joining-up
In March 2013, Legal Aid NSW and Settlement Services International (SSI) formalised a partnership (SSI Partnership) to provide accessible legal services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members experiencing disadvantage and limited access to legal assistance.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Parties, outreach family law and civil law (including specialist immigration) clinics are operated by Legal Aid NSW at eight SSI member organisations, in 10 locations (Auburn Diversity Services; Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, Fairfield and Cabramatta; Illawarra Multicultural Services; Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre; Metro Migrant Resource Centre, Campsie and Marrickville; Northern Settlement Services, Bateau Bay; Sydney Multicultural Community Services, Daceyville; SydWest Multicultural Services, Blacktown).
Cultural Shift 2014 Report
SSI Caring for Children Arabic, Bangla, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Karen, Swahili, Tamil, Tibetan