160 refugees and asylum seekers are about to be released from community detention.
With nowhere to go, no job and little income support they need you.
We need your support
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Emergency appeal.
We have recently learnt that more than 160 refugees and asylum seekers are about to be released from community detention with nowhere to go, no job and little income support.
This is because the Australian Government has recently decided to grant Final Departure Bridging Visa E (BVE) to some refugees and asylum seekers who were transferred to Australia from Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
When people on these visas leave community detention, they will receive a government payment for just 3 weeks. After that, they will be expected to support themselves.
Our Asylum Seeker Program can help them find somewhere to live, and put food on the table. We can also help get them ready for work. However, this will only meet some of the demand.
Australia has international obligations to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how or where they arrive and whether they arrive with or without a visa.
As long as an asylum seeker poses no security risk to the community, Australia is obliged to consider arrangements to welcome them into the community, rather than immediately placing them in a detention centre.
Asylum seekers come from all over the world including Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. Some are stateless, not recognised as a citizen of a country.
Ways you can help
You can donate non-perishable food and good quality clothing at 2 Uniting locations:
Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre
212 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday
The Settlement Hub in Shepparton
140 Maude Street, Shepparton
Opening hours: 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday
If your congregation has a property that can be used for temporary accommodation, we would love to hear from you.
Please call Sara Noori on 0429 374 472.
What we offer people newly arrived in Australia
Uniting’s asylum seeker programs provide essential services for people living in our community.
With support from the community, we deliver accommodation, case management and social support, as well as linkages to healthcare and legal services.
Our programs emphasise empowerment and inclusion. We encourage people to participate socially, so they know they are no longer isolated or alone.
We work together with community supporters so people feel welcome and encouraged to plan for a brighter future, offering practical tools and services.
Get in touch
The most vulnerable in your community need support.