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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 assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction, support on intercountry adoption, family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, and facilitating kinship care and other child welfare matters. We are the independent Australian arm of the ISS network, spanning over 130 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.


Invitation: A Child Rights Issue? Challenges and Developments in Cross-Border Surrogacy

ISS Australia invites you to a unique national symposium on cross-border surrogacy, featuring speakers including Prof Mary Keyes (Griffith Uni), Prof Felicity Gerry QC (Deakin Uni), Sally Nicholes (Nicholes Family Law), Dr Patricia Fronek (Griffith Uni) and Mia Dambach (ISS International Reference Centre, Geneva).
Chaired by ISS Australia’s Patron, the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, the symposium will take place on Thursday 13 December 2018, 9.00am to 2.30pm, at Deloitte’s offices in Canberra (8 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport).
All are welcome and attendance is free, but please rsvp to secure your place by email to or ph: 03 9614 8755. For further information please click here.

Latest News

ISS Australia signs MoU with SPOON Foundation

ISS Australia recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SPOON Foundation, committing both organisations to working together to extend the Children with Disabilities project in the Asia-Pacific Region.


ISS Australia continues work with children in Cambodia

ISS Australia is proud to continue its UNICEF-funded work in Cambodia on the Children with Disabilities project, focusing on children living in institutional care. Click below for more information on this important project.


ISS Australia awarded NSW’s Special Search Service

ISS Australia was recently announced as the successful tenderer to provide the Special Search Service in New South Wales, funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.



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 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).