Print page Email page


Forthcoming Events

Recent Events

Australia’s Shame – the Detention and Abuse of Child Asylum Seekers
A seminar on the detrimental effects of Operation Sovereign Borders

ISS Australia, together with Children’s Rights International (CRI) and UNICEF Australia, presented a seminar on the detention and abuse of child asylum seekers in Australia on Thursday 28 August at the University of Melbourne.

Chaired by the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, ISS Australia’s Patron and Chair of CRI, this important public event featured speakers including Mr Dai Nguyen, Lawyer; Professor Louise Newman AM, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at Monash University; Dr Norman Gillespie, CEO of UNICEF Australia; and Ms Katie Robertson, Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Mr Nicholson, Professor Newman and Dr Gillespie speak in an interview on Radio National’s “AM” programme which can be downloaded as a podcast here (interview begins at 18 min 15 sec).

Beyond the Schoolyard: National Centre Against Bullying – 6th International Conference (2014)

The 6th international National Centre Against Bullying Conference brings together the most recent research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyberbullying.
Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 August, MCG, Melbourne
For more information download the brochure here or go to:

Who Is Minding the Children?
Wed 18 June 12.30-1.30pm, Ella Latham Auditorium, Royal Children’s Hospital

Currently there are 4258 people in immigration detention facilities and 2913 people in community detention in Australia, and 2450 people in offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru. These figures include children, with 833 in immigration detention, 1490 in community detention and 190 on Nauru. People in detention face profound uncertainty over their claims for asylum and their future, and detention affects health, mental health and family functioning. The impact of detention increases with time – the current average duration of detention in Australia is 305 days. The closed nature of immigration detention means many child health professionals will not be aware of the conditions or experiences of people who are detained.

RCH Immigrant Health Service is the longest running paediatric refugee health clinic nationally. The service has provided care for children in detention, technical support to health and community services involved in asylum seeker care, and advice on refugee and asylum seeker health to the Victorian Government. This body of work has provided a unique insight into the experiences of children who have had contact with Australian immigration detention.

This extraordinary grand round, during Refugee Week, will provide clinical, policy and legal perspectives on people seeking asylum. The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser will provide his perspective on asylum seekers, Hon. Alistair Nicholson will examine rights and the rule of law, and Hon. Frank Vincent will detail the changes in legislation related to refugee policy over recent years.


Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC, CH
Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO, RFD, QC
Hon. Frank Vincent AO, QC
Dr Georgie Paxton

Download the brochure here.

2013 Annual General Meeting

ISS Australia’s 52nd Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 27 November 2013 at our National Office. The 2012-13 Annual Report was presented at the meeting. Please download a copy here or call ISS Australia for a printed copy. In addition to the AGM formalities, ISS Australia’s Executive Director Fionn Skiotis and Project Officer Siobhan Kavanagh gave a presentation on the ‘Home Safe Home’ report and project.

2013 ISS Australia Donor Lunch

ISS Australia successfully held its 3rd annual Donor Lunch on the 25th of October 2013. The Donor Lunch was hosted by our patron The Honorable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC with the purpose of thanking our existing donors and appealing to new ones. Presentations highlighted the International Parental Child Abduction Social Work Assistance service.
ISS Australia would like to further extend our sincere thanks to all generous donors. Through your continued support we have had a very fruitful year and delivered more service than ever before.

July 2013: Run Fionn Run!

ISS Australia’s Executive Director, Fionn Skiotis, completed his half-marathon challenge on 21 July, in a time of 2 hours and 2 secs (see here).
Unfortunately Fionn is still short of his fundraising target of $3,500, which he hopes will kick off ISS Australia’s 2013 Building Appeal. The Building Appeal has been made necessary by unexpected repair costs at ISS Australia’s National Office of over $80,000.
Can you help Fionn achieve his fundraising goal? If you’d like to donate, please go here or alternatively call 1300 657 843. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Many thanks to all those who have donated and shown their support!

2012 Annual General Meeting

ISS Australia’s 51st Annual General Meeting was held on 27 November at 4.00pm, at our National Office in Melbourne. Our guest speaker this year was James McDougall, Director of Advocacy for Save the Children and former Director of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. James’s speech was entitled “What’s So Dangerous About Listening To Children?” and can be downloaded here.

National Office: 2011 Open Day

Each year, Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November. To mark this occasion, ISS Australia held an Open Day at its National Office on Friday 18 November from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The day featured a presentation by ISS Australia’s Patron, the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia), on “Children, Imprisonment and Human Rights”; presentations on intercountry social work, our services and the ISS global network; door prizes and an Info Pack to take away.

3rd Annual National Post Adoption Meeting

The NSW Committee on Adoption and Permanant Care Inc hosted the 3rd Annual National Post Adoption Meeting in Sydney on 26-28 October.
The meeting was an opportunity for professionals in the post adoption field to hear about and discuss trends, themes and best practice within post adoption service delivery, plus network and learn from other professionals from the various States and Terrortories.
ISS Australia’s Manager, NSW Office Damon Martin chairs the NSW Committee and ISS Australia was a supporter of the National Post Adoption Meeting.

2011 Annual General Meeting

ISS Australia’s 2011 (50th) Annual General Meeting was held on 25 October at 4.00pm, at the offices of Page Up People (Level 10, 91 William St, Melbourne).

International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) Forum

ISS Australia conducted a free forum on international parental child abduction (IPCA) on 12 September from 10.30 -11.30am, at Conference Rooms 1&2, DHS, 883 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill. Speakers included Helen Freris (ISS Australia National Services Manager), Deborah Fry (Family Court of Australia) and a representative of the Department of Human Services (Victoria’s Central Authority under the 1980 Hague Convention). Future forums on IPCA will be notified via this website.

ISS Australia’s 50th anniversary

ISS Australia celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its registration in 1961 with a reception at Government House on 17 March 2011, hosted by the former Governor of Victoria Professor David de Kretser AC and Mrs de Kretser.