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Afghan refugee and former interpreter faring well in new home 

Zahid Aboobakr arrived in Australia from Kabul in late 2021 after the Taliban takeover.  

Inspirational community leader, Gail Ker, announces retirement

Nationally lauded and award-winning community leader Gail Ker OAM, CEO of Access Community Services Limited, is to retire effective December 31, 2021.

From the CEO: Overcoming division in the shadow of the pandemic

Monday this week marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Australia.

20 years: The SSI Story

SSI’s history is inextricably linked to its membership base.

High-achieving refugee becomes university student peer researcher

When Abdallah Al Tibi and his family had packed their belongings in 2012 to seek temporary refuge from Syria in bordering Jordan, they did not anticipate that they’d never return, and packed for only two weeks. 

New research shows social networks provide refugees with significant foundations for belonging

New research by Settlement Services International and the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, challenges narrow economic definitions of successful refugee settlement and, instead, suggests social and civic dimensions are equally valid markers of refugee integration.

SSI’s Yamamah Agha recognised as one of Pro Bono Australia’s ‘Impact 25’ Winners

Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 Awards recognise the most influential people in the sector as nominated and voted for by their peers.

SSI calls for Thai authorities to release Bahraini refugee

Settlement Services International joins refugee and human rights advocates, football associations and concerned citizens around the world in calling for Thai authorities to immediately release Bahraini refugee Hakeem Ali al-Araibi and allow him to return to Australia.

Ability Links NSW partners with SydWest to create opportunities for job seekers in Blacktown

Job seekers from migrant and refugee background, as well as people living with a disability, were at the centre of a recent pilot project organised by SSI Linkers from the Metro North West team and SydWest Multicultural Services in Blacktown.

Women find harmony in poetry, music and dance

Over 350 women from across Sydney and communities worldwide attended the second annual Women of Diversity Dinner in Bankstown on July 29 — over 50 of them having been in our community less than six months. 

‘SSI includes everyone!’

Meet Jawad, a volunteer at SSI’s fortnightly Community Kitchen in Auburn since 2012.

SSI staff and innovation recognised at national award ceremony

SSI had a night to remember on March 22 at the 2017 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards at Parliament House, Canberra, after winning awards in two categories for its ongoing commitment to supporting migrants and refugees living in Australia.

New Scholarships for Refugees

Young refugees needing help with their school education and adults seeking local recognition for their qualifications will be among those eligible for new scholarships worth more than $90,000.  Allianz Australia and not-for-profit humanitarian organisation Settlement Services International (SSI) are offering the scholarships to help refugees settle in the community.

Driven young mother finds her feet in Australia

Khaledah Alrubaie is a highly skilled engineer with two university degrees and a masters. She also happens to be a refugee.