Early community support can make a real and meaningful difference to refugees. There have been many wonderful offers of support for people who have resettled in Australia. The needs of people arriving are varied, as are the ways in which you can help.
From helping kids with homework through to teaching people English, there are many ways you can help refugees through volunteering. Visit the Volunteer page for more information.
Donating items or funds help support refugees in Australia and overseas. Visit the Donate page if you would like to make a donation.
Become a Refugee Welcome Zone
A Refugee Welcome Zone is a Local Government Area that has made a commitment in spirit to welcome refugees into the community. Go to the Refugee Welcome Zone web page for more information on what is involved.
Host or be a part of a Welcome Dinner
The Welcome Dinner Project uses the act of sharing food to connect newly arrived refugees with other Australians. To find out how you can be involved go to the Welcome Dinner Project website or read Anita’s story.
A community member passionate about meeting refugees and helping them make connections in their new communities.
Participate in a Community Hub
Community Hubs are local centres offering English classes, sewing and breakfast clubs as well as volunteering opportunities and community events. Go to the Community Hub website for more information on how to get involved.
Shafigheh, a refugee from Afghanistan, shares how her local Community Hub in Brisbane helped her meet new friends, learn English and “feel like part of the community". You can help people like Shafigheh to build a new life in Australia by volunteering at a Community Hub or providing philanthropic support.
Celebrate cultural diversity
21 March is Harmony Day, celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. Go to the Harmony Day website for ways you can get involved including event ideas, stories and downloadable graphics. The message for Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’ and there are lots of resources to support you to share that message every day of the year.
Form a community-business partnership
Community-business partnerships are great ways for community groups and businesses to get involved in welcoming and supporting refugees. For example, a community group can form a partnership with a business in which the business runs a free program specifically designed for children from refugee backgrounds. Read Aref’s story about the Advantage Refugees! tennis program at Grange Lawn Tennis Club (Adelaide). More information on community-business partnerships is available on Our Community website.
Thanks to a stranger's kindness and support, Aref’s life changed course forever. You can help young refugees like Aref by supporting programmes that encourage them to participate in sports and other activities.
Read Aref’s story about the Advantage Refugees! tennis program at Grange Lawn Tennis Club (Adelaide).
Want more info?
- The settlement journey
Find out more about some of the steps refugees take from fleeing a country, through to arriving in Australia and the supports in place to help them settle.
- Refugee stories
Watch or read personal stories from refugees and community members who support them.
- Government support
Information on Government programs and support in place for refugees.
- Media Hub
Latest information surrounding the additional 12,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq.