Welcome to the website of Canberra Refugee Support – supporting the settlement of refugees in our National Capital.


Canberra’s Captain Cook Memorial Jet, Lit Blue For World Refugee Day, 2005.

Photo courtesy of Lannon Harley Photography

On this page you’ll find News, Information and Where to Get Help

You can also visit us on twitter – @CRS_Refugee

Last updated: 17 May 2015


Coming up sooner than you think!

CRS Fundraising Dinner, Thursday 11 June 2015 at the Hellenic Club, Woden, 6.30 for 7pm (see attached flyer)

CRS is holding its major Fundraising Dinner for the year at the Hellenic Club in Woden on 11 June 2015. The Guest Speaker is Jon Stanhope, formerly Chief Minister of the ACT. Arrangements for booking and purchasing tickets, and for obtaining further information, are set out in the attached flyer.

Donated items are being collected for a raffle to be held at the dinner. If you have items you think would be suitable, please contact Don McDonough (donandgail@optusnet.com.au or 6259 6583).

Your support for events such as this is greatly welcomed. It contributes to CRS fundraising, and to the much needed support that CRS provides for individuals and families in need. Please feel free to pass on the flyer for this dinner to your family, friends and colleagues. Thank you!

(Note that CRS is an all-volunteer organisation. None of our members receives any payment or wages.)

CRS Scholarship Presentation, Monday 15 June 2015

Please mark your diaries for a significant event in the CRS calendar, the annual CRS Scholarships Presentation, which this year will be held on Monday 15 June from 9-10am at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Civic. This is the 10th year that CRS has delivered its annual scholarship program to mark UN World Refugee Day. The MC is ABC Radio 666 presenter Alex Sloan. All are welcome to attend and stay for morning tea afterwards. An invitation/flyer for this event will be circulated shortly.

Please also note that any donation you are able to make to support the 2015 CRS Scholarships Program would still be very welcome. It is not too late.

Donations should be made out to “Canberra Refugee Support” at PO Box 3444, Weston Creek ACT 2611 (Canberra Refugee Support is a registered charity and a receipt will be provided).

Or you can make a bank transfer to: Service One Alliance Bank, BSB: 801 009, Account #: 1148333, A/C Name: Canberra Refugee Support Inc.

If paying by EFT, please include your name as the Reference, and whether by EFT or cheque, please send an email to Catherine Gyngell (see below) with details of your donation and address so that we can provide you with a receipt.

Canberra Refugee Support will then provide cheques to be presented on the day with the appropriate name on each cheque once the award winners have been selected. A framed certificate which names the funding donor will be presented to each recipient.

Please email enquiries to Catherine Gyngell at: cgyngell@gmail.com


These sessions are designed to introduce new members, let interested people know of our activities and update others. See the events page for the next scheduled session. All are welcome – just email actrefugee@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Refugee Council of Australia

The latest news from RCOA can be found at this link.


Calvary Health Care ACT Refugee Mentoring Program

Canberra Refugee Support is proud to be associated with Calvary Health Care ACT’s Refugee Mentoring Program. The program aims to provide people with a refugee background and/or their children with the opportunity to gain some experience of an Australian workplace. The intention is to assist them gain a clearer idea of the career direction they might wish to pursue and what study might be necessary to achieve this.

It is also seen as a way of enhancing the participant’s self esteem, assisting participation in the community and fostering networks towards enabling effective and satisfying engagement within the Australian social and cultural context.

More information is available at http://www.calvary-act.com.au/refugee-mentoring-program.html

Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).

CRS is proud to belong to RCOA. As the national umbrella body for more than 130 organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is actively involved in new research, policy development, information and representation on refugee issues. RCOA is now managing the A Just Australia campaign, bringing together two of the most significant voices for refugees and asylum seekers.

RCOA’s website is at RCOA

Where to Get Help

Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme

Are you seeking a protection visa and need some help with your application? The Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS) may be able to help you. The IAAAS offers advice about, or assistance with, applications for eligible people at no charge.

Would you like to find out more about the IAAAS? Follow this link to a brochure with more information.

If you would like to enquire about the IAAAS service in the ACT region please call Companion House on 6251 4550 during office hours.

Torture and Trauma

Companion House, a non profit community based organisation, works with people who have sought refuge in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma. Most of the people Companion House works with are asylum seekers or from a refugee background. Their website is at: http://www.companionhouse.org.au/


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