Refugee Support Services

Gambling Harm Awareness Week - 18 to 24 October 2021

To celebrate Gambling Harm Awareness week from 18th-22nd October, SSI will be releasing video content daily showcasing members of our vibrant Multicultural Community here in Victoria!

Gambling harm impacts communities, families, friends, workplaces and individuals on many levels. These harms can in turn impact our relationships, mental health, social life and interest in life overall. 

Here at SSI, we want to encourage relational connection, participation in community events, pursual of hobbies and having a work/life balance as a preventative measure against gambling harm.

 

If you need to talk to someone SSI is here to support you. Call 1800 329 192 for a confidential conversation, or visit Multicultural Gambling Harm Prevention services. 

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Learn what it takes to set up a business with our free 2-day workshop

Our workshop is made for people living with disabilities. This workshop will give you the confidence to explore starting up your own business or taking your business to the next level with our expert facilitators. You will learn:

  • How to develop a business idea (you do not need to have a business idea to participate in the workshop)
  • Business strategy and mapping
  • Networking skills

 

Your pathway towards a successful business

After attending to our 2-day workshop if you decide that business is for you, we can refer you into the SSI IgniteAbility® program to consolidate your business idea or existing business.

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Join us to meet new people and learn more about what is involved in starting your own business from some of our IgniteAbility clients.

Bring your business idea to work alongside an experienced facilitator who will guide you on your journey to entrepreneurship. This is a free and ongoing service. 

Be supported to start-up your own business from beginning to end. We work together to connect you with experts to strengthen your business before you are ready to trade. 



What our entrepreneurs say

3"I turned to Ignite Ability to start my own business after another failed retail job. It was at my mother’s advice, so I had no expectations and honestly nothing to lose. I just wanted to see what would happen if I tried to create my ideal job. Ignite has been brilliant and supportive the entire way. Their system is logical and helps you build your business step by step. Even through the pandemic we have kept constant contact, which has helped me remain calm and focused on the next steps."

Lizzy Phillips, Untangle Your Brain

 

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"IgniteAbility has been instrumental in assisting me to start my own business, their knowledge on starting a new business has moved me forward from having a business idea to its development. Through linking me with industry professionals and the advice I have been given by my business facilitator, I have achieved my goals and I am now earning an income. I strongly recommend IgniteAbility for those with disability who are wanting to start a business."
Michelle Brown, Michelle Brown Arts Studio

 

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“As one of the first people diagnosed with HIV in Australia in 1984, and as someone who has participated in 28 HIV drug trials and is long term survivor of AIDS, I felt that it was my duty to help educate people about HIV/AIDS, still a world pandemic. I found it very difficult to establish a platform until I was introduced to SSI and IgniteAbility. They responded immediately with incredible support and have been instrumental in establishing me as a high-profile HIV advocate and public speaker. I greatly look forward to being part of their educational program. Thank you, SSI and IgniteAbility." 

David Polson, visit his website here

 

Upcoming workshops

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Private Groups

Do you have a group of +8 people that would be interested in taking part of this workshop?

Please contact us to discuss booking a private session to suit your needs

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IgniteAbility Educate is proudly supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.  

 

Women and Girls safety

Settlement Services International (SSI) is one of the leading community organisations that is recognised for its advocacy in the DFV and multicultural communities’ wellbeing space. SSI works to influence policy, support the voice of lived experience and provide thought leadership. We are an appointed member of the NSW Council for Women’s Economic EmpowermentNSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council, the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, the Harmony Alliance Council and Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership Council.

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What we do

In partnership with Relationships Australia NSW, SSI provides a successful in-culture and in-language Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) called Building Stronger Families (BSF), and the 99 Steps to end Domestic and Family Violence program in Queensland. A recent project commenced working with women community leaders to equip and support them as social responders to DFV, in Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

To enhance our input to the Women’s Safety Summit SSI organised a mini summit to hear from front line multicultural workers as to what they see to be the key issues for Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). Over 40 settlement workers and SSI staff joined the online event.

Joint statement by the 2021 National Women’s Safety Summit

As a member of the National Women’s Safety Summit delegates, representing the rights and interest of migrant and refugee women, SSI asks the Australian Government to increase investment in DFV services that target migrants and refugee communities with attention to establishing equity of service delivery among states, in line with population profiles. These services need to address the experiences of migrant and refugee women and their children across all approaches, including prevention, early intervention, intervention, response and recovery.

They would facilitate community led initiatives and support the service system to better respond to the need and circumstances of migrant and refugee women and provide a focus on both the cultural and the structural/systemic barriers to access. Investment in all settlement services to respond to DFV as initial responders is also crucial.

pdfJoint statement by the 2021 National Women’s Safety Summit

 

Secondary School


Scholarship Information

Criteria and Instructions  

The SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by people from refugee backgrounds as they participate in the NSW, QLD or VIC education system.  

The secondary school scholarships reflect an understanding that many students from a refugee background can experience unique challenges at this stage of their education. Often older children within the family can be expected to contribute to the overall family income. The scholarship is an acknowledgement that many students, and their families, cannot afford extra-curricular activities, such as sport, music and arts that contribute to a well-rounded education.  

The eligibility criteria for these scholarships are aimed at selecting students who are most in need of support, in relation to school fees, study materials and uniforms, in order to complete their high school education. 

Scholarships of up to $1,500 each are available for eligible students of a refugee background to study in NSW, QLD or VIC. 

Disclaimer

Award of the scholarship may affect the eligibility of the applicant (or the applicant’s family) to receive social, health or other payments, services, allowances or support from the Australian Government or other organisations, including payments and services provided by Centrelink (Benefits), or may affect the rate or the extent of the Benefits the applicant (or the applicant’s family) is entitled to receive. It is necessary for an applicant to review their particular circumstances to determine how the scholarship may affect their eligibility to receive the Benefits.

The scholarship is only available to applicants whose visa entitlements allow for study in Australia. Legislative changes to existing visas may introduce additional conditions which may preclude or restrict the applicant’s eligibility to study. The applicant must check their particular visa details and conditions from time to time to determine whether their visa provides the appropriate study entitlements to undertake the study or courses for which the scholarship is awarded.

SSI provides the scholarship to the applicant without any warranties, express or implied, including any warranties as to the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship, that the applicant’s visa provides (or will continue to provide) the appropriate study entitlements for the scholarship, or that the applicant’s entitlement to receive any Benefits will not be affected by the award of the scholarship. SSI will not be liable for any losses, expenses, damages (including indirect or consequential damages) or costs which might be suffered by the applicant (or the applicant’s family) as a result of the award of the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be successful in their application for support, students must: 

  • be from a refugee background on a humanitarian visa. Visa Subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 and 204, 117, 866, 842. Applicants on a SHEV 790 or TPV 785 will be considered on a case by case basis
  • have been living in Australia for five years or less. 
  • be able to demonstrate additional socio-economic disadvantage such as financial hardship or family challenges. 
  • be enrolled in years 7–12 in 2022 at a NSW,QLD or VIC public or independent school 
  • reside in NSW, QLD or VIC. 
  • not have been awarded an SSI scholarship previously. 

N.B. if successful no more than one scholarship will be granted per immediate family

Scholarship Purpose

The scholarship funding is intended to support individuals in their academic pursuits and can be used to contribute towards items such as:

  • school fees
  • extra tuition costs
  • uniforms
  • transport
  • textbooks and relevant course materials
  • technology costs, such as computer, software and internet access

Application Guidelines

Applications can be made by the student and/or their family, or alternatively on behalf of the student by an authorised school representative such as a principal, teacher or teacher’s aide. Applicants must:

  • complete the application form in full in the applicant’s own words 
  • provide a letter of introduction 
  • be able to satisfy the visa eligibility requirements 
  • be able to provide evidence supporting their application if deemed necessary  

Application Checklist

Before submitting your application to SSI, please ensure that you:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements 
  • Tick application declaration box and type name and date.
  • Have the below documents ready to upload at the time of submission:
    • Attach a cover letter 
    • Attach a copy of your most recent academic transcript  
    • Attach at least one referee letter
    • Attach proof of visa subclass
  • Please ensure you have all the required documents before you begin your application 

Application Process

  • Additional information is available at www.ssi.org.au/scholarships 
  • Applications must be submitted online 
  • All Inquiries directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

All eligible applications received will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. 

Key Dates

  • Applications open 6 October 2021 
  • Applications close strictly at 5pm Friday 29 October 2021 (late or incomplete applications will not be considered). 
  • Secondary Scholarships announced late January 2022 
  • Funding received late January 2022

If support is required, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Instructions for referees

Briefly introduce yourself and your relationship with the applicant. 
Referee letters should describe the qualities of applicant based on the relationship you have with the applicant (for example, academic, character etc). Be specific and give examples.  
If you are a school teacher, please provide alternative contact details for the holiday period. 

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pdfFrequently asked questions


Online Application

Scholarship round applying for: Academic year 2022 

Online Application Form

 

Vocational Education and Training Scholarship


Scholarship Information

Criteria and Instructions  

The SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by people with a refugee experience as they participate in the NSW, QLD, and VIC education system, including Vocational Education and Training (VET).  

VET courses offers people from a refugee background, the opportunity to demonstrate previous experience and knowledge in their chosen field, or to re-train to pursue a new career. Scholarships of up to $3,000 are available for eligible students of a refugee background to study in NSW, QLD, or VIC. 

Disclaimer

Award of the scholarship may affect the eligibility of the applicant (or the applicant’s family) to receive social, health or other payments, services, allowances or support from the Australian Government or other organisations, including payments and services provided by Centrelink (Benefits), or may affect the rate or the extent of the Benefits the applicant (or the applicant’s family) is entitled to receive. It is necessary for an applicant to review their particular circumstances to determine how the scholarship may affect their eligibility to receive the Benefits.

The scholarship is only available to applicants whose visa entitlements allow for study in Australia. Legislative changes to existing visas may introduce additional conditions which may preclude or restrict the applicant’s eligibility to study. The applicant must check their particular visa details and conditions from time to time to determine whether their visa provides the appropriate study entitlements to undertake the study or courses for which the scholarship is awarded.

SSI provides the scholarship to the applicant without any warranties, express or implied, including any warranties as to the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship, that the applicant’s visa provides (or will continue to provide) the appropriate study entitlements for the scholarship, or that the applicant’s entitlement to receive any Benefits will not be affected by the award of the scholarship. SSI will not be liable for any losses, expenses, damages (including indirect or consequential damages) or costs which might be suffered by the applicant (or the applicant’s family) as a result of the award of the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be successful in their application for support, students must: 

  • be from a refugee background on a humanitarian visa. Visa Subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 and 204, 117, 866, 842. Applicants on a SHEV 790 or TPV 785 will be considered on a case by case basis
  • have been living in Australia for five years or less 
  • be currently enrolled in a vocational education and training course in NSW, QLD or VIC. 
  • reside and study full time in NSW, QLD or VIC. 
  • not have been awarded an SSI scholarship previously 
  • study at an approved education institution in NSW, QLD or VIC. 

N.B. if successful no more than one scholarship will be granted per immediate family

Scholarship Purpose

The scholarship funding is intended to support individuals in their academic pursuits and can be used to contribute towards items such as:

  • registration and exam fees
  • extra tuition costs
  • English language courses 
  • textbooks and relevant course materials
  • technology costs, such as computer, software and internet access

Application Guidelines

Applicants must:

  • complete the application form in full in the applicant’s own words 
  • provide a letter of introduction 
  • be able to satisfy the visa eligibility requirements 
  • provide a copy of their most recent academic transcript (where possible) 
  • be able to provide evidence supporting their application if deemed necessary  
  • provide two referees and at least one referee letter 

Application Checklist

Before submitting your application to SSI, please ensure that you:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements 
  • Tick application declaration box and type name and date.
  • Have the below documents ready to upload at the time of submission:
    • Attach a cover letter 
    • Attach a copy of your most recent academic transcript  
    • Attach at least one referee letter
    • Attach proof of visa subclass
  • Please ensure you have all the required documents before you begin your application 

Application Process

  • Additional information is available at www.ssi.org.au/scholarships 
  • Applications must be submitted online 
  • All Inquiries directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

All eligible applications received will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. 

Key Dates

  • Applications open 6 October 2021 
  • Applications close strictly at 5pm Friday 29 October 2021 (late or incomplete applications will not be considered). 
  • Scholarships announced End December to End January 2022 
  • Successful Vet applicants receive their funding mid-January 2022-early February 2022

If support is required, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Instructions for referees

Briefly introduce yourself and your relationship with the applicant. 
Referee letters should describe the qualities of applicant based on the relationship you have with the applicant (for example, academic, character etc). Be specific and give examples.  
If you are a school teacher, please provide alternative contact details for the holiday period. 

Links to


Online Application

Scholarship round applying for: Academic year 2022 

Online Application Form

 

University Scholarship


Scholarship Information

Criteria and Instructions  

The SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships have been created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by people with a refugee background as they participate in the NSW, Queensland and Victorian education system. 

The tertiary scholarships reflect an understanding that the increasing cost of tertiary education in Australia has made study a particularly difficult goal for many to achieve, particularly for students from a refugee background. Scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available for eligible students of a refugee background to study in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. 

Disclaimer

Award of the scholarship may affect the eligibility of the applicant (or the applicant’s family) to receive social, health or other payments, services, allowances or support from the Australian Government or other organisations, including payments and services provided by Centrelink (Benefits), or may affect the rate or the extent of the Benefits the applicant (or the applicant’s family) is entitled to receive. It is necessary for an applicant to review their particular circumstances to determine how the scholarship may affect their eligibility to receive the Benefits.

The scholarship is only available to applicants whose visa entitlements allow for study in Australia. Legislative changes to existing visas may introduce additional conditions which may preclude or restrict the applicant’s eligibility to study. The applicant must check their particular visa details and conditions from time to time to determine whether their visa provides the appropriate study entitlements to undertake the study or courses for which the scholarship is awarded.

SSI provides the scholarship to the applicant without any warranties, express or implied, including any warranties as to the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship, that the applicant’s visa provides (or will continue to provide) the appropriate study entitlements for the scholarship, or that the applicant’s entitlement to receive any Benefits will not be affected by the award of the scholarship. SSI will not be liable for any losses, expenses, damages (including indirect or consequential damages) or costs which might be suffered by the applicant (or the applicant’s family) as a result of the award of the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be successful in their application for support, students must:

  • be from a refugee background on a humanitarian visa. Visa Subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 and 204, 117, 866, 842. Applicants on a SHEV 790 or TPV 785 will be considered on a case by case basis
  • have been living in Australia for five years or less
  • be currently enrolled at undergraduate or postgraduate level at an approved institution in NSW, QLD or VIC. Alternatively expected to receive an offer of admission within the next nine months from the date of application for the scholarship
  • reside and study full time in NSW, QLD or VIC.
  • not have been awarded an SSI scholarship previously
  • study at an approved education institution in NSW, QLD or VIC.

N.B. if successful no more than one scholarship will be granted per immediate family


Scholarship Purpose

The scholarship funding is intended to support students in their academic pursuits and can be used to fund or contribute towards education-related products and services, such as:  

  • course fees 
  • extra tuition costs
  • textbooks and relevant course materials
  • technology costs, such as computer, software and internet access

Application Guidelines

Applicants must:

  • complete the application form in full in the applicant’s own words
  • provide a letter of introduction
  • be able to satisfy the visa eligibility requirements
  • provide evidence supporting their application
  • provide a copy of the most recent academic transcript (where possible)

Application Checklist

Before submitting your application to SSI, please ensure that you:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements 
  • Tick application declaration box and type name and date.
  • Have the below documents ready to upload at the time of submission:
    • Attach a cover letter 
    • Attach a copy of your most recent academic transcript  
    • Attach at least one referee letter
    • Attach proof of visa subclass
  • Please ensure you have all the required documents before you begin your application 

Application Process

  • Additional information is available at www.ssi.org.au/scholarships 
  • Applications must be submitted online 
  • All inquiries directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

All eligible applications received will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. 

Key Dates

  • Applications open 6 October 2021 
  • Applications close strictly at 5pm Friday 29 October 2021 (late or incomplete applications will not be considered). 
  • University Scholarships announced late January to early February 2022 
  • Successful university applicants receive their funding in February (confirmation of enrolment must be received)

If support is required, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Instructions for referees

Briefly introduce yourself and your relationship with the applicant. 
Referee letters should describe the qualities of applicant based on the relationship you have with the applicant (for example, academic, character etc). Be specific and give examples.  
If you are a school teacher, please provide alternative contact details for the holiday period. 

Links to


Online Application

Scholarship round applying for: Academic year 2022 

Online Application Form