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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.