Settlement Services International (SSI) is a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of refugee and migrant settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, multicultural foster care, disability support, employment services, and youth support in NSW. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.
In the past year, SSI supported 3,709 people to find long-term accommodation and 1,785 people to find a job. It also provided essential assistance to 8,615 refugees, humanitarian entrants and people seeking asylum.
For more information visit www.ssi.org.au
The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. Services include providing financial and information support to migrants and refugees, for example through home visitation, food and financial help, visits to detention centres, and homework centres. There are also dedicated Vinnies migrant and refugee centres and committees in some states, which coordinate these activities and also offer information services.
For more information visit
Through its festivals and events sponsorship program, the City of Sydney aims to support festivals and events that celebrate, develop and engage the city’s communities. This includes village and community festivals and events that celebrate the spirit of a community and build opportunities to share its cultural characteristics with a wider public, or events that nurture and amplify the unique characteristics of the city and village precincts, and meet the City’s broader place-making objectives and showcase a local community, including local business.
For more information visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) is a not for profit community based organisation established to promote a just, equal and inclusive society where individuals are valued, contributing and self-sufficient members of Australian Society.
CMRC coordinates the development and provision of a range of services for newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants and it offers services such as
• Settlement advice, information and referral services.
• Community development activities to enhance the capacity of communities
• Information and training sessions for migrants
• Working in close partnership with local and regional service providers
• Networking with local and regional services to improve access, equity and participation.
• Use of centre facilities by community groups
For more information visit www.cmrc.com.au
The New South Wales Teachers Federation is the registered trade union which covers NSW public school teachers. The New South Wales Teachers Federation represents all teachers in New South Wales public pre-schools, infants, primary and secondary schools and TAFE Institutes. Our membership currently stands at about 58,000.
The NSW Teachers Federation continues to be a proud sponsor of Refugee Week 2017. With over 91 percent of refugee young people attending public schools and TAFEs in NSW, we continue to campaign to guarantee access to quality public education provision and equality of educational outcomes for our students. The NSW Teachers Federation plays a significant role in the broader union movement, through its decisions and policies, in ensuring that teachers, students and the wider communities in which our members work, heed the voices of refugees and asylum seekers in NSW and nationally.
For more information visit www.nswtf.org.au
The City of Melbourne values and respects our cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. We acknowledge the contribution that people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds make to our community. As a signatory to the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration, the City of Melbourne develops plans and programs in partnership with refugee communities and service providers to promote capacity building and foster sustained engagement and connections between the council and newly arrived communities.
For more information visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au
CORE Community Services is a large not for profit organisation which has various services to support all ages and needs within our communities. Their mission is to ensure that disadvantaged local residents enjoy the life opportunities experienced by other Australians.
For more information visit www.cabracc.org.au
Jesuit Social Services are a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. It works to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.
Our settlement and community building programs support newly arrived families and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Our work in refugee settlement includes the Settlement Program – our Homework Club, English Language Support and other programs support people from migrant backgrounds to integrate into mainstream Australian society, while keeping in touch with their cultural backgrounds.
For more information visit jss.org.au/what-we-do/settlement-and-community-building
Navitas English has been providing English language programs, further education and employment opportunities to migrants and refugees since 1998 on behalf of the Commonwealth through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) and the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) programs. Navitas acknowledges the contributions that refugees bring to the Australian culture and supports Refugee Council of Australia in raising awareness around refugee issues.
For more information visit www.navitasenglish.edu.au
STARTTS is a specialist, non-profit organisation that for more than 25 years has provided culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment and support, and community interventions to help people from refugee backgrounds resettling or seeking protection in NSW. Services include counselling, physiotherapy, Neurofeedback, groups, school programs, cultural events, and mentoring of community leaders.
Over the last decade STARTTS has assisted more than 33,000 clients from 145 countries to heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia.
For more information visit www.startts.org.au
Amnesty defends basic human rights. Amnesty International protects and empowers people – from abolishing the death penalty to protecting sexual and reproductive rights, and from combating discrimination to defending refugee rights. Amnesty speaks out for anyone whose freedom and dignity are under threat.
When human rights are denied, Amnesty won’t be silent. They will continue to campaign relentlessly – both at home and globally – to give a voice to those who’ve had theirs taken away.
For more information visit www.amnesty.org.au
Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (OSSTT) was established by members of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) in 2013 for the purpose of providing counselling and support to asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
OSSTT is based in Adelaide, recruits and employs nationally and works internationally.
In addition to providing counselling to individuals, children and their families, we also provide training to other service providers and education to local host communities on understanding and responding to the needs of torture and trauma survivors.
OSSTT is affiliated with the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma.
For more information visit www.osstt.org.au
The NSW Refugee Health Services aims to protect and promote the health of refugees and people of refugee-like backgrounds living in New South Wales.
For more information visit www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/refugee
ARA’s vision is an Australia where all refugees have access to the full range of appropriate settlement services, where refugees have strong supportive communities of their own cultural backgrounds, where the general community is supportive of refugees and engaged with them. Our vision is an Australia where refugees are an integral part of a thriving, prosperous community.
ARA works with individuals and communities from diverse cultural backgrounds, originating from dozens of countries across the world. The organisation receives federal funding under the Settlement Grants Program, and is one of South Australia’s most experienced providers of settlement services. ARA’s services include social support programs, casework, employment assistance, accommodation support, community development and leadership training, migration assistance and youth programs.
For more information visit www.australianrefugee.org
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