SSI Insights

As a thought-leading community organisation, SSI provides insights and in-depth research on topics including domestic and family violence, access to employment​, CALD access to NDIS​, regional settlement, and early intervention. Read SSI’s latest insight papers here.

Foundations for Belonging 2021: Insights on Newly Arrived Refugees

pdfFoundations for Belonging 2021

pdfFoundations for Belonging 2021 Appendices

Foundations for Belonging 2021, Insights on Newly Arrived Refugees: Women and Digital Inclusionreports on a second wave of research carried out with newly arrived refugees in Australia. The research, produced by Settlement Services International and the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney Universityaims to deepen understanding of the social and civic dimensions of integration in the early stages of settlement with a focus on refugee women and digital inclusion. 

SSI Women and Girls Strategic Plan 2021–2023

SSI’s Women and Girls Strategic Plan targets all women employed and supported by SSI. The plan has a particular focus on women of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Newly arrived and CALD women make up a significant proportion of our constituency and SSI has expertise in representing multicultural communities.

pdfSSI Women and Girls Strategic Plan 2021-2023

Stronger starts, brighter futures

pdfStronger starts, brighter futures
pdfStronger starts, brighter futures Appendices

Learning and development in the early years of a child's life can have lasting impacts throughout the life course. This research examines the early development trajectories of children from CALD backgrounds in Australia by exploring the existing evidence base and drawing on a detailed analysis of data from the Australian Early Development Census. The research found that children from CALD backgrounds are more likely to developmentally vulnerable at school entry than other children and much less likely to attend most types of early childhood education (e.g. preschool, playgroups). The report makes a series of recommendations aimed at reducing developmental disparities among children to secure Australia's social, cultural and economic future. 

All in for Armidale: A whole-of-community approach to Ezidi settlement

pdfAll in for Armidale9.87 MB

A unique approach to regional refugee settlement is delivering strong results in the new settlement location of Armidale, offering insights that will guide other regional centres seeking to welcome newcomers as long-term members of their communities.

Western Sydney Community Pulse Report on COVID-19

pdfSSI Western Sydney Community Pulse Report on COVID-19

As a community organisation providing settlement and a range of other social services, including foster care, employment and disability services, Settlement Services International (SSI) is experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 on some of our most vulnerable individuals and communities. The identification of pockets of Western Sydney as COVID-19 “hotspots” has brought increased attention by SSI, our members, partners and collaborators as to how people and communities are experiencing the pandemic.

Summary of Evaluation of HSS service delivery model

pdfSummary of Evaluation of HSS service delivery model
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Settlement Services International (SSI) is contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to deliver the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program to refugees and other humanitarian entrants in the Sydney region and parts of western NSW. HSS provides tailored support to refugees, typically for between six and 12 months after arrival, to strengthen social and economic participation, promote independence and equip refugees with the skills and knowledge they need to start a new life in Australia.