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Free and confidential support for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds affected by domestic and family violence.

SSI welcomes free COVID-19 rapid test kits for vulnerable communities

Settlement Services International (SSI) has partnered with the NSW Government to welcome the streamlined delivery of 1,200 COVID-19 rapid test kits to vulnerable culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Refugees especially vulnerable to mental health toll of COVID-19

A study has explored the mental health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. COVID-19 stressors are negatively impacting resettled refugees’ mental health, a new study by UNSW Sydney psychologists in partnership with Australian Red Cross, Settlement Services International (SSI) and Phoenix Australia at the University of Melbourne has shown. COVID-related worries […]

COVID-19 is not a western Sydney problem

An emerging narrative typifying COVID-19 as a ‘western Sydney problem’ is undermining the pressing need for collaborative action to solve the evolving crisis in NSW, according to community organisation and social business, Settlement Services International.

Consistency required in approach to international COVID-19 outbreaks

Australia’s robust COVID-19 containment system could open the door for citizens and visa holders in India who are seeking to return home, according to community organisation and social business Settlement Services International (SSI).

Online health and wellbeing workshops for refugee women during COVID-19 fosters community spirit

Settlement Services International’s (SSI) Humanitarian Settlement Program Women Committee has partnered with Liverpool Women’s Health Centre (LWHC) and Mission Australia to encourage refugee women to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report launch casts light on experiences of culturally diverse artists during COVID-19

Online panel discusses findings from artist roundtables forming part of UNESCO ResiliArt Settlement Services International (SSI) will facilitate an online discussion launching its new report, ‘SSI Artist Voices: experiences of the pandemic and a desired future’ hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) on December 9.

Social Engineer draws on experience to support others through COVID-19

Since moving to Australia in 1998 due to political and civil unrest in Iraq, Bashar Hanna has faced and overcome the many challenges of establishing himself personally and professionally in a foreign land.

COVID-19 causes talented asylum-seeking artist to lose work, but not hope

Like many individuals working in the creative sector, Damon, a talented photographer and artist has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 leaves Australia’s most vulnerable without food on the table

In response to overwhelming demand, SSI is distributing donated food packages to individuals and families from asylum seeker backgrounds.

SSI calls out discriminatory visa approach in COVID-19 stimulus packages

"The virus doesn’t discriminate but the government is discriminating by visa type." As a signatory to an open letter sent to the Prime Minister today, Settlement Services International (SSI) has backed calls across the community services sector to leave nobody behind, “build back better” and avoid mass-unemployment and social unrest after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refugee settlement in Australia during COVID-19

With the emergence of COVID-19, it would be easy to forget that more than 70 million people globally are still living displaced from their homes. Although we have adjusted the way we work, SSI’s reception team has continued to support newly arrived refugees in their settlement journey through this hard time.

Refugees help build testing centres as part of COVID-19 response

Four participants in an SSI refugee employment program have joined a workforce constructing Australia’s first purpose-built coronavirus testing centre for use by governments here and around the world.