[An announcement from Access Group International CEO, Gail Ker OAM]
On behalf of the team here at Access, I am excited to announce that Access has merged with Settlement Services International (SSI).
This is the start of a new chapter for Access, and we are excited about the opportunity to be part of a larger community organisation that develops and delivers a broad range of services and programs for vulnerable communities.
Like us, SSI is a community organisation that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. You can read more about SSI here and at www.ssi.org.au.
While Access will come under the umbrella of SSI, we will continue to provide the same local and statewide services that have been the hallmark of our organisation for over 35 years.
I will continue to be CEO of Access and lead the team in Queensland.
This merger enables us to combine the unique strengths of both organisations to collaborate on much needed services, in a climate of growing demands upon resources in the community sector.
The continued delivery of our services will remain local and targeted to the needs of our clients. All our Queensland contracts will continue to be managed and delivered in Queensland.
We have had a long and successful partnership with SSI built on shared values and believe that this merger will enable us to enhance the work we do on the ground in Queensland.
Further to this, the federal government recently announced that Access’ 3 year (2019 – 2021) Settlement, Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) proposal for client services across Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane (capacity building) has been successful. Access will be continuing to provide our communities with the crucial support services that fill the gap in the post-arrival period.
Information and contact details for Access’ wide range of programs can be found here
I look forward to our continued relationship as we work alongside our community and partners who do amazing work in this space to achieve the success of making a new life for our newest Australians.
For any questions about the merger, please free to contact me directly on access[email protected].
Gail Ker OAM
Group Chief Executive Officer
Access Group International Limited
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