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.

Unlocking Potential: Addressing the economic participation of migrant & refugee women in Australia

pdfUnlocking Potential Policy Brief

pdfUntapped potential Report

The ‘Untapped Potential’ research, commissioned by SSI and carried out by NATSEM, analyses trends and disparities in the economic participation of migrant and refugee women in Australia. The report is accompanied by a policy brief, "Unlocking potential', that shines a light on actions needed to unlock the economic potential of migrant and refugee women.

The research highlights how migrant women from low- and middle-income countries and refugee women have greater or similar levels of education to women born in Australia yet are more likely to be employed in roles below their education and experience. Many of these women have sought-after skills and experience in industries facing critical shortages, such as the health and social sectors. A more tailored and targeted policy response is needed at Federal and State/Territory levels to unlock the economic potential of migrant and refugee women.

Foundations for Belonging 2022: Insights on Newly Arrived Refugees

pdfFoundations for Belonging 2022

pdfSnapshot: Foundations For Belonging 2022

pdfFoundations for Belonging 2022 Appendices

Foundations for Belonging 2022 reports on a third phase of research carried out with newly arrived refugees in Australia. The research, conducted by SSI in partnership with the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, aims to deepen understanding of the social and civic dimensions of integration in the early stages of settlement. This latest report continues a focus on women and digital inclusion, building on earlier phases of this research, while also exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on family separation and reunion. 

Summary of evaluation of CultureReady

pdfSummary of evaluation of CultureReady

CultureReady is a series of training sessions designed to build the capacity and capability of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers to deliver quality culturally responsive disability supports to participants from CALD backgrounds. SSI was contracted to deliver CultureReady by the Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) in early 2020. The JMF is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS), designed to support the growth of the NDIS market and workforce.

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.