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International Social Service (ISS) Australia provides social work, legal and mediation services to families and children across international borders. Our services include family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, kinship care and other child welfare matters, and assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction. We are the independent Australian arm of the ISS network, spanning over 100 countries worldwide. We receive government funding for some services, but rely on fees, donations and other income to continue providing the full range of our services.

2017 Children and Families Across Borders conference

ISS Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work will jointly present a 2nd Children and Families Across Borders conference in mid-2017, building on their successful first joint conference in April 2016. Stay tuned for further information soon!

Latest News

New ISS Australia Board member: Deb Fry

Ms Deborah (Deb) Fry, a long-serving Manager of Child Dispute Services with the Family Court of Australia based in Sydney, recently joined ISS Australia’s Board of Directors – a big welcome to Deb!


New publication: The Colour of Time

ISS Australia is proud to have published its latest book, The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia, as the final step of a 12 month project funded by DSS.


Dr Ann Wollner appointed Legal Service Manager

ISS Australia is pleased to announce Dr Ann Wollner as the sole Manager of our Hague Legal Assistance Service; she previously shared this role. We look forward to the Service’s development under Ann’s management.


ISS Australia gratefully acknowledges funding from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, enabling the provision of Australia-wide child abduction services and intercountry casework services in NSW respectively.
ISS Australia also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services enabling provision of our Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service across Australia, free of charge.
ISS Australia is a proud research partner of the Dept of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.
ISS Australia is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).