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Diversity Training

SSI’s Diversity Training transforms how people respond to diversity in ways that are thought-provoking, inspire curiosity, and build confidence.

Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP)

Supports refugees from the moment they arrive.

Refugee Week 2023

“It wasn’t easy to get a job. After all this experience I had in my country – 15 years – I had to start from scratch.” Read Full Story “I have dedicated almost 20 years of my life to my profession – I cannot leave it behind. I dream of working again as a dentist, […]

SSI welcomes new ‘community sponsorship’ program

Refugee support agency Settlement Services International (SSI) commends the Federal Government for the roll out of its national ‘community sponsorship’ program. 

Emergency humanitarian relief program delivers food packages to displaced Afghans

Families impacted by the growing crisis in Afghanistan are receiving emergency relief, thanks to a new humanitarian relief program from Australian refugee support agency Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR).

Afghans continue settlement journey in NSW

Settlement Services International has supported 1,400 Afghans to make NSW their new home since August 2021.

SSI sponsors Newcastle ‘Unity in Diversity’ festival for Refugee Week

Refugee support agency Settlement Services International is proudly sponsoring the STARTTS-partnered Newcastle ‘Unity in Diversity’ festival to mark Refugee Week on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Foreshore Park, East Newcastle.

‘Spirit of Welcome’ brings Inner West locals and new communities together to celebrate Refugee Week

The Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Lilyfield, will celebrate World Refugee Day, Sunday, June 19, through its family-friendly event “Spirit of Welcome”.

Refugee actor forges new life in Australia while his latest film awaits release

Award-winning actor Faridullah Mohibi is grateful he and his family have found a new home in Australia after fleeing Afghanistan but he has fears for the colleagues he left behind.

Former coach of Afghanistan women’s national football team makes Newcastle home

For 29-year-old refugee and former assistant manager of an Afghan Premier League team, Khorsand Yousofzai, the tranquillity of his new home in Newcastle, NSW, is just what he needs after a tumultuous period.

Newcastle gives warm welcome to Afghan arrivals

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Northern Settlement Services (NSS) thank the Newcastle community for the generous donations to Afghan arrivals in the region over the past fortnight.

Young refugee fleeing persecution forges prosperity in new home

23-year-old Irfan Ali Nasiri arrived in Australia from Pakistan with his mother and four siblings in 2016, reuniting with his father in Auburn, Sydney, after years of separation. 

Newcomer family faced with special challenges during COVID-19 lockdown

Some refugee families attempting to home-school during the COVID-19 lockdown are finding it particularly difficult without access to suitable technology.

Refugee eager to make a contribution finds dream job at Fairfield High School

When Yasser Ibrahim arrived in Australia in 2017, he knew little about the country that would become his new home.

From the CEO: What we can achieve when all voices and aspirations are nourished

Sitting in the kitchen with my mum a few weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of telling her that on January 26 I would be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly in the area of refugee support.

From the CEO: Best wishes for a compassionate, fulfilling holiday season

The holiday season at SSI always brings to the fore the warmth and compassion that exists within our community. In contrast to the commercialism often intertwined with the gift-giving season are the actions of folk like the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and Ashfield Public School P&C ― just two of the many groups who, in recent weeks, have delivered gifts for the individuals and families SSI supports.

A year of strong outcomes with commitment to continuity and values underpins SSI AGM

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow was the keynote speaker at the SSI Annual General Meeting held today at the SSI offices in Bankstown, which was attended by more than 80 people.

From the CEO — 12,000 new community members

Samira Maksoud is a Syrian refugee who has been in Australia less than six months. But that hasn’t stopped her from finding a part-time job and enrolling to study in two tertiary qualifications.

What a Syrian refugee has accomplished after four months in Australia

Samira Maksoud has a talent for languages. Despite having been in Australia for only four months, Ms Maksoud has already found a job thanks to her language skills, which span Arabic, English, Turkish and Armenian.

Youth forum at Callan Park Refugee Welcome Centre gives young refugees a head start

Over 200 young refugees have spent a day developing the fundamental skills to successfully settle in Australia at SSI’s E3 Youth Forum, a day of workshops and activities held at the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park earlier this month.