Dear administration,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) welcomes you to our latest edition of the Settlement News.  

This e-news showcases the dedicated work of SCOA members across the country implementing the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program. 

Also, in this edition read about SCOA's latest activities, up-to-date settlement research and policy updates from the Australian Government departments.

  Message from the SCOA Chair (October 2015)
It’s been a busy couple of months for SCOA. We bid farewell to our Executive Officer, Sky de Jersey, after more than four years, and welcomed back Andrew Cummings - SCOA”s first Executive Officer - ... read more


What is happening at SCOA

  What is happening at SCOA (October 2015)
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 (July 2015)
Important updates from the Department of Social Services (DSS) relevant policy, research and other settlement related activities.... read more


Latest Settlement Research

  Latest Settlement Research (October 2015)
Keep up to date on the latest settlement research to help inform your practices and policies. Learn about new research being undertaken and opportunities for you and your clients to get involved.... read more


Humanitarian Settlement Services

  A Gathering of Women
An unfolding story of resilience and resourcefulness - They say how time flies. By the same token, a whole lot can happen in 18 short months!... read more


  MRCSA providing clients with the essential Road Maps for settlement
MRCSA undertakes a multi-pronged effort to support newly arrived people of migrants and refugee backgrounds to find employent having understood that employment is a key driver to independence and settlement.... read more

  Amazing Race for youth from refugee backgrounds
Dozens of young people from refugee backgrounds took to the streets of Sydney last month to take part in the ''Amazing Race''. ... read more

  Bendigo Community Health Services plays an integral role in settling new arrivals in Bendigo
Bendigo Community Health Services goes beyond settlement and forges ongoing relationships between people of refugee backgrounds and the community.
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  Navitas' HSS program supports Syrians settling in the Illawarra
Anas is a happy and energetic 7 year old kid, who enjoys playing with model trains and running around with his sister. Anas and his family arrived in Australia in February 2015 ... read more

  SSI supports business success for new arrivals
Bassam Jabar came to Australia from Iraq on a humanitarian visa in August 2013. He is a man of many talents. As a qualified glass sculpture artist, his etchings have caught the eye of ... read more

  Investors Can Help project
The Investors Can Help project has been extremely successful in fostering interest and gathering offers of affordable accommodation for newly arrived people from refugee backgrounds.... read more

  Spectrum MRC - a client experience
Amal and three of her siblings – one brother, Fahmi, and two sisters, Inam and Ilham – were relieved to finally arrive in Melbourne last year. Their journey had been a long one after leaving their home in Iraq four years ago ... read more

  Meet HSS case manager Nedhal Amir
Nedhal Amir, a Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) case manager, has a strong affinity with HSS, having first arrived in Australia in 2005 as a humanitarian entrant with her husband and four children.... read more


SCOA Member Profile

  SCOA Member Profiles (October 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 (October 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

  Home Truths: An Anthology of Refugee and Migrant Writing – Book launch
The Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne is supporting the book launch of Home Truths: An Anthology of Refugee and Migrant Writing. ... read more

  Net Diasporas: Collaborative internet music making by displaced people
Net Diasporas is a pilot internet music project that will enable musicians from migrant and refugee backgrounds in urban and regional areas to collaborate and perform culture specific musical repertoires online.... read more



SCOA welcomes you to contribute to our next bi-monthly Settlement News.  If you would like to share something in newsletter please contact Kat O'Neill at Alternatively keep your eye out for our next contribution call out.

The Team at SCOA