SSI News Blog

Aspiring teacher gains independence with SSI’s support

LAC participant Sabrina at the driver's seat of her car while she was learning to drive
After two years as a participant with SSI’s Local Area Coordination (LAC) program, Sabrina Morini, a 22-year-old woman with autism spectrum disorder, is kicking goals and keeping her sights set on the future.

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From the CEO: Why CALD communities and organisations must support an Indigenous Voice to Parliament

an Indigenous woman and her two children

The proposed referendum to establish an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is an opportunity for multicultural community service organisations to step up to support communities whose experiences can be similar to those of the migrants and refugees we support.

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Ukrainian refugee and former TV host leading the way for Ukrainians to settle in regional Australia

A husband and wife hugging.

Ukrainian refugee Yurii Chuchenko and his heavily pregnant wife Inna arrived in Australia from Thailand after Russia invaded their homeland earlier this year.

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SSI LAC participant on her way to becoming a chef

LAC participant Faith Zadro preparing to serve a meal

Getting a job has been on Faith Zadro’s mind a long time.

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SSI at FECCA: a multicultural perspective on the Uluru Statement, and the power of humanity

Only by working together can a truly multicultural Australia be a place of safety, growth and happiness.

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Family football event builds stronger community connections

Footballers at Refugee Week event

Nearly 300 people enjoyed a Refugee Week Family Event at Gould Adams Park in Logan, QLD, on June 25, thanks to collaboration between Access Community Services’ Multicultural Sport Club (MSC) and Football Queensland’s Multicultural Settlement Program (MSP).

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From the CEO: Refugee Week a chance to reflect on refugee contributions and Australia’s role

SSI Group CEO Violet Roumeliotis speaking at an SSI Refugee Week event, next to an SSI banner which says, 'Creating a place of belonging for over 20 years'


A few key things happened during this year’s Refugee Week that have lifted my spirits and given me hope.

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From the CEO: Be brave, make change – now is the time to grow as an Australian community

Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo Performers

National Sorry Day will be observed today, May 26, and National Reconciliation Week from Friday May 27 to Friday June 3.

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Community Hub celebrates happiness, hope and building connections

Three women at a Community Hub

Parramatta West Public School Community Hub was established as a new hub in SSI’s Community Hubs network in the middle of COVID.

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SSI LAC participant builds community through men’s shed

For many years, Foster Cortis was unemployed due to living with arthritis, a lung condition and chronic depression.

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From the CEO: a regional perspective on settlement in practice

A banner of SSI's event.

Today, at the NSW Regional Settlement Conference, hosted by SSI and the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP), we harnessed insights and shared perspectives on the key ingredients of successful regional settlement.

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From the CEO: Foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging this Harmony Week

SSI CEO giving a speech at the Australian Maritime Museum.

Harmony Week, March 21 to March 27, marks our country’s rich multicultural identity.

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In conversation: SSI New Beginnings Ambassador Shyamla Eswaran talks diversity at New Beginnings Festival.

A group of dancers smiling.

This annual festival brings thousands of Sydneysiders together to enjoy the creative, culinary and artistic talents of people from refugee, migrant and First Nations backgrounds.

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Community Hubs were the place to be for families in turbulent 2021

Community hubs members

The National Community Hubs Program Year in Review shows how the hubs’ resilience and flexibility ensured their local communities remained connected, supported, and safe in turbulent times.

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From the CEO: Standing by to assist Ukrainian refugees

My heart goes out to all of those impacted by the invasion of Ukraine, and the many communities both in Australia and abroad who are undoubtedly distressed and concerned for the safety of loved ones. 

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SSI launches Reconciliation Action Plan with Stan Grant

The launch of SSI's ‘Innovate' RAP was a key milestone in its reconciliation journey.

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Afghan refugee and former interpreter faring well in new home 

A young man in Sydney's CBD.

Zahid Aboobakr arrived in Australia from Kabul in late 2021 after the Taliban takeover.  

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Afghan refugee and former IT professional sees bright new future in Australia

A refugee family at Bondi beach.

Tahir Sadeq arrived in Australia from Kabul, Afghanistan, with his wife, daughter (9) and son (10) in September 2021.  

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Multicultural youth support community wellbeing

Youth wellbeing video presenters

Settlement Services International (SSI) and its youth networks, including the Youth Collective, and the Youth Workers Network drawn from organisations within the NSW Settlement Partnership, teamed up with NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service to produce videos for a Multicultural Community Wellbeing Campaign.

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From the CEO: Join the campaign to end gender-based violence

16 Days of Activism banner image

It is pleasing to see that the Federal Government and Opposition are attempting to address the crisis that is violence against women and girls in this country.

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SSI trials proactive outreach program

Multilingual call centre operator

Throughout October, Settlement Services International (SSI), as an NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community, trialled a proactive outreach program to support participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they chose.

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Afghanistan national team cricketer and refugee keen to start playing professional in Australia

A young man and professional cricketer with a trophy.

For 29-year-old Afghan professional cricketer Javed Ahmadi, the refugee experience isn’t new as the opening batsman was born in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Refugee actor forges new life in Australia while his latest film awaits release

A male actor at Cannes Film Festival.

Award-winning actor Faridullah Mohibi is grateful he and his family have found a new home in Australia after fleeing Afghanistan but he has fears for the colleagues he left behind.

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Cultural leader named Third Sector’s Influencer of the Year

Bashar Hanna with Influencer of the Year Award

SSI nominee Bashar Hanna OAM was one of 10 social change-makers announced winners at the 2021 Third Sector Awards, an annual award celebrating leadership and innovation in the purpose and impact-driven sector.

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Former coach of Afghanistan women’s national football team makes Newcastle home

A young man holding a soccer ball.

For 29-year-old refugee and former assistant manager of an Afghan Premier League team, Khorsand Yousofzai, the tranquillity of his new home in Newcastle, NSW, is just what he needs after a tumultuous period.

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