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Below is a list of organisations, government, non government, advocacy groups and non for profits which provide resources, practical information and help in emergencies.   While some operate across Australia the focus is on what is available across the greater Sydney area.

If you find links which do not work or information which is no longer applicable contact us at [email protected]

COVID-19 information for refugees and people seeking asylum

Afghan Community Mental Health Profile

Background to Afghan migration to Australia, community in NSW, culture, resources, community organisations and references.

Update to Refugee Law – Asylum Seeker Caseload Act

ASRC has made the following videos to outline the recent changes in the law that impacts  asylum seekers

This information is valuable for asylum seekers who’ve come by boat to Australia and anyone working with or supporting asylum seekers.

Click on the appropriate language link below:

Mangai Resource: A manual written for Tamil refugees and asylum seekers
Archana Sudhir, Jasmin James, Michelle Gaymer, Elisha Bae and Neha Malla are occupational therapy students at the University of Sydney. They have produced a resource for Tamil refugees and asylum seekers which facilitates the use of transport, banking, post office and health services. It is written in the Tamil language.

Mangai Resource –  banking and transport  Part 1
Mangai Resource – post office and health Part 2
A Survival Kit A useful resource to make your life easier in Australia. Written in Farsi.

Support for refugees and asylum-seekers

Umbrella organisations

Refugee Council of Australia, https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/

Refugee Council of Australia

The Refugee Council of Australia has information on advocacy, campaigns and legal issues. It also provides a wide range of fact sheets on visas, housing and education. 

Settlement Services International

Settlement Services International (SSI)  supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.

Community organisations offering practical help

The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for people seeking asylum living in the community.

Accommodation

COVID19 Information

Education/English classes

Emergency food

Employment

Financial help and advice/payments

Language services

Legal

Medicare and general/mental health

Ombudsman

Transport

Visa information

Federal Government

Services Australia delivers payments and services, including Medicare and Centrelink

This website includes Federal Government advice and support for refugees, including learning English, grants and some work information:

NSW Government 

This portal provides information to help all migrants living in NSW. It has links to useful organisations, websites and resources, including housing, education, employment, emergency services, transport, language, law and humanitarian services.

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