Circle of Friends consists of a number of Circles (groups) that work in various ways to support asylum seekers and refugees

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COVID 19 impacts has left many asylum seekers and refugees in Australia without any income or health support. Read more about how our Circles are responding to this emergency situation.


Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unable to run any events at present. However the demand for support has increased. Loss of employment and lack of Government support means that many asylum seekers and refugees are struggling to buy food or pay rent.

If you can afford to, please consider making a donation via our secure GiveNow account.


Rapid Response for Refugees Circle Appeal

COVID and the Government recently moving number of people out of Community Detention onto Bridging Visa with no income support has placed higher than usual stress on Rapid Response for Refugees Circle’s finances. We urgently need donations to get through the next two months (December – January).

We are spending nearly $3,000 month to help keep families in a home, give access to vital medicines and to assist in gaining skills necessary for employment.

Circle of Friends Australia works toward creating a welcoming Australian community which responds in compassion and generosity to all who seek safety and a new life amongst us, giving them hope and friendship and assisting them to adjust and develop into contributing members of our community.



Circle of Friends Australia are local community groups which support refugees and asylum-seekers living in the community, or visit those in detention. Members of each Circle are volunteers who come from a wide range of backgrounds but share a common commitment to welcoming and assisting new arrivals with the difficult process of establishing themselves in a new country, or with the challenges of detention…Read more


Assist in welcoming new arrivals to Australia in the compassionate and generous way that we believe Australians are by:

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