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SSI Allianz Scholarship Program

One-off scholarships of up to $5000 to students preparing to undertake tertiary study in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria.


Solves challenges for regional employers and to build stronger communities.

Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP)

Supports refugees from the moment they arrive.

New leadership for veteran Queensland community organisation

Queensland-based non-profit Access Community Services (Access) has welcomed an experienced psychologist and senior executive to lead the organisation as it strengthens its legacy of supporting individuals and families across the state.

Afghan refugee finds work and opportunities in Australian construction industry

Taliban evacuee Mohammad now works with Southern Steel Supplies.

Support from SSI’s DES program marks turning point for participant

Jana worked at SSI and ended up being a client!

Migrant, refugee wellbeing at the heart of Federal Budget measures

New measures to clear Australia’s visa backlog, review multicultural policies and tackle racism show the Federal Government is putting wellbeing of all communities at the centre of its national budget, according to non-profit Settlement Services International (SSI).  

Former NATO worker and refugee helps welcome newcomers whilst pursuing his dreams

Afghan refugee Zabiullah Ahmadzai, a former NATO employee, recalls his first experience of Australia. Fearing for his family’s safety, Mr Ahmadzai left his home with five family members, arriving here in January this year.

NSW government extends employment support program for refugees

Refugees and people seeking asylum living in NSW will continue to have access to pathways to secure, long-term employment thanks to the extension of the Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) delivered by Settlement Services International (SSI) and partners.

Afghan refugee and former IT professional sees bright new future in Australia

Tahir Sadeq arrived in Australia from Kabul, Afghanistan, with his wife, daughter (9) and son (10) in September 2021.  

SSI expands Victorian services with new employment programs

Settlement Services International’s (SSI) services in Victoria for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have recently expanded to include support for job seekers.

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.

Refugee mother faced with unique challenges during lockdown

Single mother and refugee Yasameen Al-Natrawee fled Iraq seeking temporary refuge in Malaysia, where she lived while waiting for a humanitarian visa.

Underutilised migrant skills a huge opportunity

A report looking at the contribution of permanent skilled migrants highlights the unrealised potential in newcomer communities and the need to provide income support and access to family tax benefits earlier in the settlement journey, according to Australia’s largest refugee and migration resettlement support provider, Settlement Services International (SSI).

Iraqi sisters secure employment and further education during first year in Australia

The Humanitarian Settlement Program, funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs* and delivered by Settlement Services International has supported Iraqi sisters, Diana and Sandra Hassan* to acquire part-time jobs and engage in higher education.  

Refugee doctor back on track saving lives

Saif Noori understands both hard work and hardship. Before arriving in Australia in May 2018 on a humanitarian visa, Saif was a medical officer at a hospital in Iraq. 

Syrian refugee from LGBTIQ community overcomes social adversity and finds meaning working for the elderly

In April 2019, five years after fleeing to Lebanon from his home in Syria, Joe Smith* was granted a humanitarian visa to move to Australia with his mother and brother.