Links & Information

Supporting the settlement of refugees in our National Capital.


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

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:


The sites below provide more information on the role and activities of organisations or groups that are, or may be, involved in refugee and asylum seeker issues. Click on the name of the organisation to be redirected to their website.

Please email Canberra Refugee Support at if you have any other queries.



DIBP – Official site for Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Information on immigration regulations in Australia.

Human Services


Centrelink is a government agency delivering services, programs and payments to the Australian community.


Refugee Council of Australia

CRS is proud to be a member of the Refugee Council of Australia.


St John the Apostle, Kippax

St. John the Apostle, Kippax is a Canberra-based refugee support group which is part of St. John the Apostle church in Kippax.


Companion House

Companion House is a non-profit community based organisation, working with people who have sought refuge in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma. Most of the people Companion House work with are asylum seekers or from a refugee background.

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Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT

The Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT’s Mission is to be a leader in provision of settlement and related services for migrants refugees and humanitarian entrants in the ACT and region, in a caring, supporting and enabling way.

MARSS was established in 1980, and incorporated in 1983. It has been funded largely by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Financial support has also been provided to the MARSS by ACT Governments since 1990. Since its inception, MARSS has been managed by a Board of Management comprising of elected nominees from Canberra’s ethnic communities, and nominated members representing the Local Government. The Centre has grown to become a vibrant service-oriented organisation, incorporating programs for migrants of all ages to assist with language, welfare, employment, access and equity for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


ACT Human Rights Commission

The ACT Human Rights Commission was established in 2005 to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of all people living in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Commission is an independent statutory agency established by the Human Rights Commission Act 2005.

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Disability, Housing and Community Services ACT

The ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services has responsibility for a wide range of human services functions in the ACT, including multicultural affairs, community services, older people, women, public and community housing services and policy, children, youth and family support services and policy, disability policy and services, therapy services, Child and Family Centres, the ACT Government Concessions Program, homelessness, community engagement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and community disaster recovery.

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ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides strategic advice to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs on issues affecting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The aim of this advice is to promote multiculturalism in the ACT – multiculturalism is the right of all Canberrans to express and share their cultural heritage within the Territory’s legal and social frameworks and to contribute to, and participate in, all levels of public life without prejudice or discrimination.

Asylum Insight

Asylum Insight provides facts and analysis on Australian asylum policy with an international angle.

Established in Melbourne in 2013, Asylum Insight are an independent non-profit organisation committed to the principles of international human rights law, independence, and informed public discourse.

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