Dear administration,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) welcomes you to our December edition of the Settlement News.  This edition highlights the dedicated work of SCOA members across the country have been undertaking through the year.  Also, in this e-news read about SCOA's latest activities, the latest settlement research and policy updates.

  Message from the SCOA Chair (December 2015)
As the end of the year approaches, there’s been lots of activity for SCOA and our members. The first of the 12,000 additional refugees from the Syrian crisis have arrived ... read more


What is happening at SCOA

  What is happening at SCOA (December)
Read about the latest things happening at SCOA including consultations, teleconferences, submissions and updates on SCOA's current projects, partnerships and other advocacy activites... read more


News from the Australian Government

  News from the Australian Government (December 2015)
Important updates from the Department of Social Services (DSS) relevant policy, research and other settlement related activities.... ... read more


Latest Settlement Research

  White Ribbon releases its first research paper
White Ribbon is about to release its first research paper in 2016 on ‘Working with men from immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women’.... read more


Settlement Services Highlights from 2015

  The Right to Know: 100 years of Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service
Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service celebrates 100 years of reconnecting family members and clarifying the fate of those separated by war, conflict, disaster or migration.... read more


  SSI has had a wonderful year with many highlights
SSI’s Community Engagement program launched a number of new projects to promote social cohesion among newly arrived refugees and people seeking asylum. ... read more

  Chinese Australian Services Society
The Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd (CASS) provides assistance to Chinese, Korean and Indonesian migrants in Sydney's Inner West, Southern, Northern and South-West regions and Wollongong. ... read more

  An account of First New Arrivals Experience
When the office found out we were going to welcome new arrivals on October 8, 2015, the first thing I was told was to look at the HEMS (Humanitarian Entrants Management System) case file. ... read more


SCOA Member Profile


  SCOA Member Profiles (December 2015)
The SCOA Settlement News profiles its members in each edition. Find out more about what SCOA members are doing across the country.... read more



Awards in Focus


  Awards in Focus (December 2015)
Awards in focus shares stories of settlement sector colleagues whose achievements have been recently recognised, awards programmes open for application and much more...... read more

General Settlement News

  A new smartphone App to help men from refugee backgrounds
Settlement Services International has released an innovative multilingual smartphone app to support the health and well-being of newly arrived men to Australia on humanitarian visas. ... read more


  Get Refugees Cycling! The Bike Project
A London project helps refugees make connections by acquiring abandoned or discarded bikes, making them roadworthy and donating them to refugees.... read more


  Refugee Youth International Leadership Scholarship 2016
The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) are supporting young advocates from refugee backgrounds to take part in high-level international advocacy on refugee issues in Geneva in 2016.... read more


SCOA thanks its members and all contributing to successful settlement of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds for their dedicated work throughout 2015.

If you would like to share contribute to the next Settlement news February edition please contact Kat O'Neill at Alternatively keep your eye out for our next contribution call out.

The Team at SCOA