Resources

  • Refugee Support Booklet: Compiled by Circle of Friends Australia it contains resources to support refugees and asylum seekers living in South Australia.
  • Safe Harbour Australia InfoBites  (January 2019): The Safe Harbor Project has compiled a series of info bites that provide general information on asylum seekers and refugees along with specific information on people detained by the Australian Government on Manus Island and Nauru. The information was compiled on 21 January 2019. It is a good resource for use as talking points. Feel free to use and pass on but please be aware that the stats quoted in this are constantly changing.

Other resources:

These organisations all continue to play a vital role to help navigate the way for refugees and asylum seekers to be welcomed and become settled in Australia. Many of them are pleased to work with volunteers, advocates and supporters. Find out more from their websites:

  • Australian Refugee Association (ARA) – offers a broad range of assistance to help refugees settle in Australia
  • Australia Refugee Action Network (ARAN) – national alliance of refugee action and advocacy groups which call for Australia to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, with regard to people seeking asylum.
  • Australian Migrant Resource Centre  – supports settlement and participation of new arrivals
  • Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education – advocates on behalf of refugees and people seeking asylum and runs public education events.
  • ​End Children Detention Coalition– for  information on what is happening to children inside Australian immigration detention centres
  • Get Up – a community advocacy organisation that includes letter writing to asylum seekers
  • Jesuit Refugee Service Australia – accompanies, serves and advocates on behalf of refugees to ensure their human rights
  • Justice for Refugees SA – advocates, lobbies and builds community support for the just and humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees by any Australian Government.
  • JusticeNet SA – Independent, not-for-profit legal service that provides free legal help to individuals and charitable organisations in South Australia
  • Refugee advocacy Service SA (RASSA) – pro bono migration assistance to asylum seekers, in South Australia, who are eligible to apply for a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) under the Federal Government’s “fast track” process. The only Community Legal Centre in South Australia providing this type of assistance.
  • Refugee Council of Australia (ROCA) -National umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members including Circle of Friends Australia. RCOA’s own work is centred around five key areas: policy, support for refugees, support for its members, community education and administration.
  • Rural Australians for Refugees
  • STTARS (Survivors of Torture & Trauma Assistance & Rehabilitation Service) – provides counselling, information, support and advocacy
  • St Vincent de Paul Society – assistance provided to migrants and refugees
  • The Australian Red Cross – asylum seeker and refugee support programs
  • The Welcome Centre – encourages a culture of welcome to our nation
  • Writing Through Fences – a space for the voices of writers, artists and commentators who are seeking asylum, or have sought asylum in Australia. Contains articles, creative writing, visual arts, music recordings, information about activities, reviews and news.