Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group was founded in 2001, twenty years ago. We are a group of ordinary Australians who remain united by the vision of a compassionate Australia where people seeking refuge and asylum are treated with justice and compassion. We are all volunteers. BMRSG has no particular religious or political affiliation except a commitment to common decency.
Christmas presents to refugee children
Spent on rental assistance
Smart phones & laptops provided
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Australia’s adoption of a Human Rights Act would transform our community by ensuring the values we all share of kindness, respect, fairness, dignity and equality will be at the heart of our legislation and legal system.
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Many of the refugee households supported by BMRSG are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on their table.In July 2022, $4,504.48 was given to refugee families for food support. This increased to $6,200 for January, 2023 – just under $1,700 more.
The most significant increase, however, has been in rental assistance. This has risen from $10,320 in July 2022, to $16,300 in January, 2023.
Dozens of refugee women began walking on Friday 22 September from Immigration Minister Andrew Giles’ office in Melbourne to Canberra, to highlight the appalling situation for 10,000 asylum seekers denied permanent visas.
These strong women will arrive in Canberra on Wednesday 18 October.
On 14 February 2023 the law changed allowing all holders of a TPV or a SHEV to be eligible for a Permanent Visa to remain in Australia. The visa they will be eligible for is called a Resolution of Status
Visa (Subclass 581) (RoS).
This information applies to you if you arrived in Australia before 14 February 2023 and you held or applied
for a TPV or SHEV before 14 February 2023