News and Information

AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Canberra Refugee Support Inc was held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 September 2017.  Results will be posted shortly.

The audited Statement of Accounts and the Auditor’s Report are at this link: CRS Finance AUDIT 2016-17

CRS Fundraising Dinner, Thursday 12 October 2017 

The 2017 CRS Fundraising Dinner took place on Thursday 12 October 2017 at the Hellenic Club’s Olympus Room Matilda Street, Woden ACT  – 6.30pm for 7pm.

Guest speakers were Paul Power, CEO of Refugee Council of Australia (RCoA) and Kim Huynh, a local identity, academic and author. The MC for the evening was the wonderful Alex Sloan, 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year and former ABC Local Radio 666 presenter.

A report on the evening can be read on the Events page at this link

2017 CRS Scholarships Presentation

The 2017 Annual CRS Scholarships Presentation took place on 20 June. For more information, go to our Events page using the menu above or by clicking on this link: Events.

2017-18 Federal Budget

The Refugee Council of Australia has produced an analysis of how the 2017-2018 Budget measures affect refugees and those seeking humanitarian protection, along with a media release on those changes.

A Special Donation

An asylum seeker family in Canberra has been receiving support from Canberra Refugee Support and some of its members for the last couple of years.

At the end of a recent family/CRS members outing, the family concerned gave a cash donation of $250 dollars to CRS. The family indicated that they had kept careful records of every financial contribution ever received from CRS and that they wished to contribute to CRS by paying back ‘every cent’ received.

The church attended by the family encourages tithing 10% of earnings to the church, but the family has decided, for the moment, to tithe 5% to the church and 5% to CRS.

The CRS members receiving the donation indicated that such a substantial contribution was not necessary, especially given the family’s continuing fragile economic circumstances. Nevertheless, the donation was insisted upon – and has been gratefully received by CRS.

All who know about this have been greatly touched, and we wanted to share the story with the wider membership.


Asylum Insight provides facts and analysis on Australian asylum policy with an international angle. Information about the refugee status determination process in Australia is available here.



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