Everyone who comes to Australia has a story to tell. While each story is unique, some experiences, needs and feelings are shared by everyone embarking on the settlement journey.
This page contains personal stories from refugees and the community members who are committed to supporting them. Go to our Get Involved page for more information on how you can help.
"I want to be a role model for other refugees. I am studying English at TAFE. When I get my English certificate I will work towards becoming a tailor so that I can continue the career that I had in Syria."
"Teaching means everything to me, it is my life and I love it. When I’m in the classroom, I forget everything else."
"Everybody has a fear of 'the other', one who is different, but when you meet someone and hear their story, that fear melts away."
"Their (the school's) support led me to follow my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. I am working toward being a cardiologist, mending broken hearts."
"Rugby league is more than just a hobby for kids like Isaac. It provides a sense of belonging, a team, friends and direction in life."
"When we arrived, I was overwhelmed, everything was different. I couldn’t speak any English and the culture was so different but at the same time I felt so welcome and supported."
"The tennis club gave me a place to make friends. With tennis I didn’t have to find anything in common to talk about, tennis was the common interest. I could say 'Grange Lawn is my club, I belong'.”
"Today I call it the 'lucky farm' because it has brought so much into our lives. We have been working there for two years now. We were farmers in Bhutan so we fit in well, and we have been able to use our farming skills."
"I am learning more about the people around me through the volunteers and the community is learning about me. Being part of the Community Hub has helped me to feel like part of the community."