About the Settlement
The Settlement recognises the prior occupation by Aboriginal peoples who were displaced and dispossessed. We affirm our commitment to respect the heritage, rights and place of indigenous peoples in Australia and acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation on whose land we work. The Settlement tradition includes direct service, education and social reform. It is based on people from different backgrounds or cultures working together in reciprocal relationships where we learn from each other and work together to improve social conditions. Learn more or Donate Now.
The Settlement's roots
The Settlement in Sydney grew from the traditions of a movement that began in the United Kingdom and came to Australia when educators mixed with local workers as this country's modern infrastruture was being built. The Sydney University Settlement was incorporated through an Act of Parliament in 1959; its name comes from the The Sydney University Women's Society, which was made up mostly of the wives of the professors who came to the community to teach. The predominence of a strong Aboriginal community at the time meant The Settlement’s roots became intertwined with indigenous culture and the story telling tradition. In 1925, the Sydney University Women's Society raised enough money to purchase its first property at 17 Edward Street in Darlington where the Hall still stands today. There's a fasinating history to read and find out more about here.
The Settlement provides
Quality social housing and programs aimed at youth and designed to support and help strengthen young families. The Settlement owns a Hall as well as twelve flats and terrace houses in total, six of which it co-owns in partnership with Housing NSW. All of the Settlement’s properties are located in Edward Street in Darlington and were bought over many years through the fundraising efforts of Sydney University’s Women’s College in conjunction with committees chaired by the wives of the Vice Chancellors. Not-for-profit community housing provider, Bridge Housing, manages three of the houses and all six flats, offering affordable housing to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, while three of our houses are currently let commercially. Income generated by the properties is used to supplement the high quality youth services The Settlement provides as well as invest when it can back into improving and maintaining the properties. Learn more about the programs The Settlement provides here.
We place a high value on open and transparent communication and good governance practices. The Settlement Board is accountable to its membership, staff, those who utilise The Settlement and the community. Board meetings are held on a monthly basis. Information about our board subcommittees and subcommittee Chairs can be found here. Our Annual General Meeting is held in October every year and our annual reports are archived on the website here. The Settlement engages Purpose Accounting and Shedden & Green Partners Chartered Accountants as our financial management service and auditor respectively. Gilbert + Tobin provides legal advice to The Settlement.