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Empowerment through the arts – for everyone

In 2014, SSI established an innovative Arts & Culture program inspired by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their creative potential and participate meaningfully in Australia's cultural life — no matter where they come from, what language they speak, or their level of ability.

From the CEO: building back better

There is a long road ahead for Australia--and indeed the world--to rebuild and recover from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

SSI selected to deliver a multicultural service to address gambling harm in Victoria

The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Melissa Horne, yesterday announced Settlement Services International (SSI) would deliver a new state-wide gambling harm prevention and counselling service for migrant and refugee communities. 

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Australian National Maritime Museum sign MOU to strengthen support for new migrants to Australia

Two organisations deeply involved in migration to Australia have today signed an MOU to develop programs and initiatives to support new migrants.

Research aims to improve screening for domestic violence so refugee women get the help they need

Settlement Services International (SSI) is collaborating with the University of Wollongong (UOW) in a research project to identify and address domestic violence experienced by newly arrived refugee women.

SSI selected to deliver disability services to 16,000 people

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced Settlement Services International (SSI) would deliver frontline Local Area Coordination Services for the NDIS in two areas in New South Wales.

Refugees and migrants in the LGBTIQ community supported through powerful storytelling

SSI Arts & Culture have collaborated with PYT Fairfield to present a special work-in-progress showing of ‘Carpet Stories,’ a multidisciplinary theatre performance that facilitates creative conversations within Sydney’s multicultural LGBTIQ community.

SSI shares evidence-based, best global practice at Global Refugee Forum

Eighty-two signatories have endorsed an open pledge to support an affordable, inclusive community refugee sponsorship program in Australia, launched by SSI and 65 other community groups prior to the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF), hosted by UNHCR in Geneva in December 2019.

Innovation funding supports exploration of new settlement pathways for Nepalese community in Auburn

Nepalese migrant and refugee communities are to benefit from innovative new services thanks to a collaboration between two members of the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP).

SSI submits pledges ahead of UNHCR Global Refugee Forum

The first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) will be hosted by UNHCR in Geneva December 17-18.

From the CEO: A long route to safety

Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s long trip to safety made headlines around the world last month. After six years on Manus Island under Australia’s offshore processing regime, Behrouz obtained a temporary visa to visit New Zealand for a literary event and took a circuitous route to safety that involved a 19-hour layover in the Philippines.

Community attitudes to refugee settlement

Research in community attitudes to refugees arriving in Armidale.

From the CEO: Four action priorities from government refugee settlement review

A common misunderstanding about refugees is that they are the sole beneficiaries of our country’s resettlement program. A government-commissioned report released last week challenges this misconception by highlighting all that we have to gain by effectively welcoming newcomers.

Response to Shergold refugee settlement review*

Leading agency calls for immediate action * Investing in Refugees, Investing in Australia: the findings of a Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants in Australia. Settlement Services International (SSI), one of Australia’s largest refugee settlement agencies, calls for three immediate actions in response to today’s report, citing employment and community models in their Regional Settlement Strategy as key to future success.

NSW leads the country in unlocking employment potential for refugees

State government agencies and their partners work in collaboration to connect refugee job seekers with secure, long-term employment When Rania Shahoud, her husband and their two sons arrived in Australia in 2017 from Aleppo, Syria, she didn’t know whether she’d ever find a job.

Ancient cultures foster healing and belonging

The intersection between ancient cultures was at the heart of a trailblazing paper by two SSI staff members at one of Australia’s leading multicultural conferences last week.

Innovative social enterprise helps newly-arrived jobseekers realise professional dreams

When Kaddie Conteh first started with SSI’s newest social enterprises, The Experience Centre (‘TEC’), she lacked the confidence to speak up in a professional environment.

From the Executive General manager: Employment support in settlement and beyond

Four years ago this month, our government made the historic decision to add an additional 12,000 places to Australia’s refugee intake for refugees affected by the war in Syria and Iraq.

Former refugee and Ignite® entrepreneur empowers audiences at TEDxSydney

An Ignite® entrepreneur who attended TEDxSydney as part of SSI’s community partnership has returned again this year — but this time as a speaker, sharing his incredible story with more than 5,000 people.

Online program helps traumatised refugees overcome mental health stigma

Before the 'Tell Your Story' program, there was no intervention to specifically reduce mental health stigma in refugees. A world-first intervention for refugee men who suffer from PTSD has shown promise in a trial, encouraging them to get help.