News and Information

CRS Fundraising Dinner, Thursday 12 October 2017 – Mark your Diaries!

The date of the 2017 CRS Fundraising Dinner has now been set – Thursday 12 October 2017. All event details will be provided in due course, and a call will be issued soon for suitable prizes (medium to high value) for the raffle. In the meantime, please mark the date in your diaries!

Constance on the Edge – Launch of National Refugee Week screening Program

Members may be interested that the makers of the above film, recently screened at a joint CRS/CIT event, have announced the launch of a National Refugee Week 2017 screening program in conjunction with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).  For more details, please visit the ‘Constance on the Edge’ website at


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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