SSI News Blog

From the CEO: Anniversaries highlight Australia’s welcoming spirit

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February marks two anniversaries that highlight the generosity and success of Australia’s approach to refugee resettlement.

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Helping change Australian workplaces one conversation at a time

SSI has offered diversity training in more than 50 Australian workplaces in the last year alone, including most recently at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM).

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Untapped Potential: Research Launch Event

Please join us for the launch of Untapped Potential research, conducted by NATSEM at the University of Canberra, in collaboration with SSI, which explores trends and disparities in the economic participation of migrant and refugee women in Australia. A policy brief, Unlocking Potential, will also be launched which outlines ways to unlock the potential of migrant and refugee women.

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SSI celebrates renewal, shared purpose and a year of achievements

Renewal, shared purpose and reflection were at the heart of SSI’s 2022 Annual General Meeting, which brought together more than 160 staff and community members to celebrate the past year.

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Iraqi newcomer balances community work with volunteering and claims ‘volunteering is good for the soul!’

Iraqi newcomer balances community work with volunteering and claims ‘volunteering is good for the soul!’

International Volunteer Day, held annually on December 5, is an opportunity to celebrate the important role volunteers, like Welcome Ambassador Ms. Alaa Al Karam, play in connecting communities and enhancing people’s lives.

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NSW Government extends supports to young people in care until 21

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SSI welcomes the news that the NSW Government will extend financial assistance to foster carers or people in care until the age of 21, bringing the system into line with all other states and territories. 

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Afghan refugee finds work and opportunities in Australian construction industry

Mohammad Jawid Rezaei arrived in Australia from Kabul, Afghanistan, in October 2021 after the Taliban takeover and now works with Southern Steel Supplies Pty Limited in Milperra.

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Ignite client and fashion designer employs women in Afghanistan to bring her designs to life

Ignite client Lida Mangal created her business, Ghan Fashion, to employ women in Afghanistan to create her unique designs and help lift them from poverty.

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From the CEO: Multicultural forum opens the door for two-way dialogue with government

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Effective two-way dialogue between government and multicultural organisations is key to strengthening our sector. I recently had the privilege of sharing my thoughts on this at the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Inaugural Multicultural community Engagement Conference, where I shared a keynote session with Professor Peter Shergold.

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SSI NDIS participant reclaims independence

Sonita Zainal was happily working at a local real estate agent and caring for her elderly mum when tragedy struck.

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Iranian refugee works tirelessly to secure his dream job

When Mohsen Shahsavarzdeh finally arrived in Australia after three year’s detention on Christmas Island, his first priority was to get a job – any job.

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Freedom Sessions returns to showcase new sounds and diverse artistic talent

SSI continues to celebrate artistic talent from migrant, refugee and First Nations backgrounds through its Freedom Sessions that combine virtual performances and candid artist discussions.

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Support from SSI's DES program marks turning point for participant

Jana Mourad has been a case worker for SSI but never thought she’d be a client.

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Former NATO worker and refugee helps welcome newcomers whilst pursuing his dreams

Afghan refugee Zabiullah Ahmadzai, a former NATO employee, recalls his first experience of Australia. Fearing for his family’s safety, Mr Ahmadzai left his home with five family members, arriving here in January this year.

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Iranian beautician launches her own business, thanks to Ignite

Great brows don’t happen by chance, they happen by appointment! This could well be the catchline of Mary Logan’s fledgling business, Mary Logan Beauty.

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Gaze-based communications device proves life-changing for teen SSI NDIS participant

A high-tech gaze-based communications device is making the world of difference to NDIS participant, Taylor Williams. 

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Gambling victim shares story to raise awareness during Gambling Harm Awareness Week

During Gambling Awareness Week, mother-of-two *Mila Ong shared her family’s story to reveal the impact problem gambling can have on an individual and those around them, and to show others that help is available.

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From the CEO: Standing in solidarity with the women of Iran

I have watched with great sorrow the events that have occurred in the wake of the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini.

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Ignite graduate makes art to educate, inspire and heal

It was obvious from a young age that Tyler Stackman was artistic, but a chance meeting last year helped transform his talent into a business.

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From SSI client to SSI employee – refugee helps others

Arriving in Australia as a refugee last year, Hamid Ahmad Sarwary knew firsthand how hard it can be to settle into a new country.

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Celebrating and appreciating the rich cultural diversity of Logan

Access Community Services hosted the first ever World of Cultures event in multicultural Logan last month, in what will become an annual occasion.
 

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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

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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

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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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