We are united by the vision of an open hearted Australia where people seeking refuge or asylum are treated with justice and compassion.
Whether they are in detention or are living in the community, refugees and asylum seekers currently receive only basic support, and even this is being taken away. The basic living allowance, casework support, and access to torture and trauma counseling provided by the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program has been cut back by the Australian Government. Since March 2020 and COVID-19 many of those living in the community have lost their casual and part time jobs. Anyone on a Temporary Visa is not entitled to JobSeeker.
In 2021 BMRSG spent $209 000 on refugee support. Two main area of assistance stood out;
- $116 000 on rent relief
- $38,000 on food assistance
36 families have received practical assistance such as food, rent, phones, and medications.
11 of these families are single parent families headed by women with 21 children between them.
20 people seeking asylum in detention in Australia are in contact with BMRSG. We assist with mobile phones, phone recharching, warm clothing, toiletries, presents for Christmas, advocacy and legal assistance.
Without access to social security payments and denied a chance to work, many refugees and asylum seekers rely wholly on the generosity of others. Your donation can make all the difference.