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 2023
Spent on rental assistance
Smart phones & laptops provided
This is an emergency. The last few dozen refugees trapped in Papua New Guinea are being cut off from food and medical care and threatened with homelessness on Port Moresby’s dangerous streets.
Send an urgent email to your MP and government Senators.? Please insist that Minister Clare O’Neil bring the refugees to safety immediately.
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.
DOWNLOAD: BMRSG’s submission
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.
Refugees Are People Too. By William Brett, William Soukhavong and Adytia Kumaresan, Smiths Hill HS
Made for our 2022 Schools Video Competition.
See more Videos on the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group YouTube channel.
See more Posters on the Student Video and Poster page
The Big Walk 4 Refugees is a show of support for the 10,000 children, women and men who continue to face devastating uncertainty, despite having been part of the Australian community for more than 10 years.
People are being urged to don their walking shoes, get moving, and show their support for permanent visas so that these 10,000 children, women and men can fully call Australia home.
The steps that people take locally will propel the 16,650 km country-wide loop right around Australia, culminating with a final local walk to Parliament House for the last leg on Tuesday 26 March.
It is free to sign up and no fundraising or sponsorship is required.
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