Dear administration,

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) welcomes you to our February 2016 edition of the Settlement News.  This edition focuses on the issue of family violence and settlement.  Also, in this e-news read about SCOA's recent activities, the latest settlement research and policy updates.

  Message from the SCOA Chair (Feburary 2016)
The last few months have continued to be a busy time for SCOA. We finished 2015 by holding a national forum for Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) providers. ... read more


What is happening at SCOA

  What is happening at SCOA (April 2016)
Read SCOA's latest advocacy activities, events, projects and publications... read more


  Diversity Workshops
White Ribbon Australia in partnership with the Settlement Council of Australia, the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia and Myriad Consultants have been delivering a series of training workshop across Australia for culturally and linguistically diverse men on preventing gender-based violence in our communities.... read more


News from the Department of Social Services


  Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children grants
On 22 December 2015, the Government announced 28 successful recipients under the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children grants round.... read more


  Subscribe to receive Harmony Day updates!
Want to stay updated on all the action for Harmony Day in 2016? Subscribe to our mailing list to receive news updates. ... read more


  Youth Transition Support measure
Youth Transition Support is a $22.1 million pilot programme designed to help refugees and vulnerable migrants aged under 25 participate in work and education. ... read more


  Early Settlement Experiences of Humanitarian Migrants
Data from Wave 1 of Building a New Life in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) indicates that most participants had positive experiences of settlement during their first few months in Australia.... 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


  Promoting community-led responses to violence: The ASPIRE Project
Women from refugee and migrant backgrounds face unique barriers to accessing services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence. There is limited evidence available about the contexts, nature and dynamics of violence... read more


  Diversity Data Project
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Diversity Data Project aims to improve data on diverse groups’ experiences of family and domestic violence in Australia.... read more

  Trauma-informed care in child/family welfare services
Understanding the experiences of trauma in childhood, such as from family violence situations, is now recognised to be an important concept for social service delivery sectors. There are now emerging efforts in Australia to incorporate trauma theory into service delivery... read more

Featured articles

  Helping keep newly arrived families safe
Through a partnership with Legal Aid NSW, SSI is helping to introduce the subject of family safety and law to newly arrived refugees and migrants through a series of specially designed information sessions across western Sydney.... read more


  Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT offers Domestic Violence Information Sessions
The Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (MARSS) hosts information sessions on Domestic Violence for people of migrant and refugee backgrounds. ... read more


  I am not an Australian Citizen
Some people who have come to Australia on a temporary visa are worried that if they leave their violent partner, they will be forced to return to their home country. There are considerations in the Migration Act that if the relationship breaks down due to domestic or family violence that can allow the victim to apply for permanent residency.... read more

  Settled and Safe
A two-year project involving Victoria’s newly arrived communities found it is often difficult for first generation Australians to get the legal assistance needed to help prevent family violence. To help overcome this problem, Victoria Legal Aid launched a training package, Settled Safe, for organisations that help migrants settle in Victoria and local legal services to use.... read more


SCOA Member Profile


  SCOA Member Profile - Life Without Barriers
The SCOA Settlement News profiles a member in each edition. In this edition find out more about Life Without Barriers which provides a diversity of services including settlement services across Australia... read more


  New SCOA Members (Feburary 2016)
SCOA is pleased to welcome its newest members organisations... read more


Awards in Focus


  Awards in Focus (April 2016)
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


Events & Training


  Events & Training (April 2016)
Find out what is happening across Australia and internationally.... read more



SCOA thanks its members that contributed to this Settlement e-news edition. If you would like to share contribute to the next Settlement e-news please contact Kat O'Neill at Alternatively keep your eye out for our next contribution call out.

The Team at SCOA