Our Humanitarian Settlement Program is a national program supported by the Australian Government. With the help of amazing volunteers, partner organisations and local communities we offer refugees a safe and welcoming introduction to their new life in Australia.
The program assists refugees to establish themselves in their first 12 months in the country. It runs in NSW, WA and the ACT. Many in our teams have experiences of migration or as refugees themselves.
We work alongside new Australians to:
Everyone thrives when given a fair go. With some practical advice and new friends, newly-arrived refugees have much to offer their new communities.
We work with newly-arrived migrants to build on their strengths and support their needs. This includes:
To find out about visas classes eligible for the Humanitarian Settlement Program visit the government website.
Elie never knew safety growing up. His family were persecuted because of their ethnicity and spent 20 years fleeing war and violence in East Africa.
The best day of Elie’s life came when his family got a call saying they could resettle in Australia. “I couldn’t believe it. We’d been waiting for years.”
When they finally arrived we helped Elie and his family to settle in and connected Elie with opportunities at the local university.
Today, Elie is at university and dreams of being a teacher. “So many teachers changed my life… I feel I can also try to build up and leave a footprint on this earth.”
Elie says his family are living the best life and are happy – and he no longer hears bullets and bombs when he sleeps.
Volunteers are a vital connection between refugees and their new communities.
We are always on the lookout for friendly and accepting volunteers, who are motivated to work together to create positive settlement experiences.
All experience levels and backgrounds are welcome.
You can find out more by contacting an Humanitarian Settlement Program office near you.
318 Urana Rd, Lavington NSW 2641
Phone 02 5963 2999
88 Murray St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Phone 02 5963 2966
Level 1, Suite 3, 65-67 Burelli St, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone 02 8383 7555
110 Goderich Street, East Perth WA 6004
Phone 08 9225 8888
Diversity House, 5 Dann Close, Garran ACT 2605
Phone 02 6234 7695