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.

Summary of evaluation of SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships Program

pdfSummary of evaluation of SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships Program

The Scholarships Program, with funding support from Allianz, has been facilitated since 2016. Through the awarding of annual educational grants distributed across four streams, the program intends to enhance refugee inclusion in the New South Wales education system by reducing financial barriers.

SSI Artist Voices Report

pdfSSI Artist Voices Report

'SSI Artist Voices: experiences of the pandemic and a desired future’ presents the findings of a series of virtual in-depth artist roundtables facilitated by SSI between August and September 2020. The roundtables aimed at providing an opportunity for artists involved in the SSI Arts & Culture program to discuss the future of the arts and their own artistic practice and to define what recovery and support would look like for them.

Foundations for belonging: A snapshot of newly arrived refugees

pdfSignature Foundations Report

Successful settlement and integration is a goal shared by refugees, the communities where refugees settle and government at all levels. This research shines a light on aspects of integration that are often overlooked: refugees’ social connections and their access to rights and fulfilment of responsibilities

Still Outside the Tent: Cultural Diversity and Disability in a Time of Reform - a Rapid Review of Evidence

pdfStill Outside The Tent10.94 MB

pdfStill Outside The Tent - Accessible Version620.69 KB

This review examines the goals and vision of the National Disability Strategy with a particular focus on people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The paper explores disability and cultural diversity, barriers and challenges and enablers and ways forward to help people with disability from CALD backgrounds to achieve greater social and economic inclusion. The paper comes at a time of major social policy reform, with the rollout of the NDIS and the shift towards a rights-based and inclusive vision in the disability area.

Summary of evaluation of SSI’s Ability Links

pdfSummary of evaluation of SSI’s Ability Links223 KB

pdf Summary of evaluation of SSI’s Ability Links (Accessible Version)228 KB

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC) funds a range of non-government organisations to deliver Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) through a mix of generalist and Aboriginal staff called Linkers & generalist and Aboriginal Early Linkers for children aged 0–8 years. Linkers support people with disability aged 9–64 years (with or without a diagnosis), their families and carers to identify their goals and connect with their community and mainstream services. Linkers also support community organisations, mainstream services and businesses to become more inclusive of people with disability (referred to as linked organisations). Ability Links is currently funded until the 30th June 2018.