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ISS Australia’s 2017 AGM to be held in NSW Office

ISS Australia’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 3.00pm, at our NSW Office – Collective Purpose, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney.

This is the first time our AGM has been held outside Victoria for quite some years! Mr Joel “JD” de Carteret will be the Guest Speaker, and refreshments will be provided after the meeting for all guests.

All those interested in ISS Australia’s work and mission, including clients / former clients and those working in the not-for-profit sector, are welcome to attend. Please rsvp to

ISS Australia’s Patron the Hon Alastair Nicholson on ABC’s Lateline

The Chair of Children’s Rights International, former Chief Justice of the Family Court and ISS Australia’s Patron, the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC was interviewed on ABC-TV’s Lateline program on 18 August 2014.

Alastair Nicholson spoke on the Federal Government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Cambodia, noting the country was ill-equipped to receive vulnerable people from Australia, particularly in the case of unaccompanied minors whose protection and care could not be guaranteed. He also commented on the conflict of interest under current legislation in which the Minister for Immigration is at the same time the legal guardian for any children entering Australia as unaccompanied minors and the Minister responsible for decisions to detain these children in Australia or send them overseas.

Watch the interview (or read the transcript) here.

News from ISS network’s International Council meeting

The ISS international network held its biennial International Council (IC) meeting in Cascais, Portugal from 20-22 May, 2014. The meeting was well attended and saw the election of Mr Doug Lewis CBE (UK), formerly Chair of CFAB (ISS UK) and Chair of ISS’s Governing Board, to the position of International President for a four-year term. The IC also approved changes to ISS’s Statutes, providing for simultaneous International President and Governing Board (GB) Chair roles and the election of two independent experts to the GB as full voting members. ISS Bulgaria and ISS Romania were ratified as the two newest Branches of the network.

Elections were also held for membership of the GB (the inaugural Board under ISS’s new Statutes, introduced in 2010, stood down at this IC). Elected representatives of Branch / Bureau governance bodies were: Mr CP Ho (ISS Hong Kong, re-elected to a second term); Mr Bob Miles (ISS USA); Ms Connie Nxumalo (ISS South Africa); and Mr Paul Peter (ISS Switzerland). Mr Arnaud Apffel (Switzerland) was re-elected to the position of International Treasurer. All GB members will serve a four-year term. In the first GB meeting following the IC meeting, Mr Bob Miles was elected to the role of GB Chair.

The location of the next IC meeting is traditionally decided by the current IC. ISS Australia expressed its interest in hosting the 2016 IC meeting in Melbourne, and this was unanimously agreed by IC members present in Cascais. ISS Australia now looks forward to welcoming network delegates from around the world to Melbourne in 2016.

The ISS Professional Advisory Committee (PAC, which brings together the Directors and equivalent level positions of the network’s Branches and Bureaus) also met in Cascais prior to the IC. Ms Julie Rosicky (ISS USA) stood down as PAC Chair after completing the maximum 2 two-year terms in the role. ISS Australia’s Executive Director Fionn Skiotis was elected as the new Chair, and takes up a place on the new GB in accordance with ISS’s Statutes. Mr Hans van Hooff was re-elected to a further two-year term as PAC Vice-Chair.

ISS Australia thanks all those retiring from leadership positions in the network, congratulates those elected or re-elected to such positions, and commends the international network on the very positive and productive meetings held in Cascais.

Further developments in the “Home Safe Home” project

Following the launch of our “Home Safe Home” research report on children migrating to Australia for kinship care, in May 2013, ISS Australia is now continuing the project’s work by examining implementation of the report’s recommendations.

In particular we’re delighted to be discussing these issues with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, in the context of the DIBP’s review of family-related visas including the Orphan Relative visa, which was the focus of the ‘Home Safe Home” report. Further updates will be provided in due course.

The “Home Safe Home” project was funded by the Barr Family Foundation.

Strategic Plan for ISS International Network

The ISS International Network is in the process of finalising its new four year (2014-2018) strategic plan after lengthy consultation throughout the network. The plan will be a critical guiding document for all network members, including ISS Australia.

ISS Australia will soon begin developing our next three year (2014/15-2016/17) strategic plan, in a consultation and planning process conducted in the first half of 2014.