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The ISS international network

ISS Australia is the independent Australian arm of the global International Social Service network, with members (known as Branches, Affiliated Bureaus or Correspondents) in over 100 countries worldwide. As a stand-alone non-government organisation, ISS Australia is a Branch member of the ISS network. ISS Australia receives no financial support from the ISS network, and in fact must pay an annual membership levy.

Established in 1924, the ISS network is the only international body dedicated to the provision of intercountry social work services to children, families and single adults separated by international borders.

Branch and Bureau members of the network meet every two years as the ISS International Council, the network’s supreme decision-making body. Between International Council meetings, the network is governed by a seven-member Governing Board, headed by an International President (position currently vacant). A body made up of the Executive Directors (chief executives or equivalents) of all Branch and Bureau members, known as the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), provides advice to and assists the Governing Board in its governance responsibilities.

The network’s General Secretariat office is located in Geneva, Switzerland and headed by the Secretary-General, Jean Ayoub. The General Secretariat works closely with the PAC on addressing current issues in the international network and identifying future areas for development.

ISS has Consultative Status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is recognised as an NGO partner by key international bodies including UNICEF and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

For further information on the International Social Service network, please visit the network’s website at