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Join a RAR Group

Click on your state in the right hand side menu and find a group close to you. Contact the group directly via phone, email or Facebook to enquire about joining them.

They can let you know when they meet, what campaigns and events they have planned and add you to their email updates. See our ‘calendar’ for details on some of the events happening nationally.

We are always looking for new members.  Here’s just some of what we do:

  • Engage in Advocacy through letter writing, visits with MPs, social media campaigns.
  • Fundraise.
  • Organise materials for refugees to use when they come to Australia.
  • Have various hosting events for refugees.
  • Visit Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Detention Centres.
  • Some groups do local school visits.
  • Create local petitions relevant to their local area about things like The Welcome Zone.
  • Raise awareness through things like local film nights and vigils.
  • If there is no group near you,  why not consider starting one?

Start a new RAR Group

Don’t see a group near you? Or want to have your Asylum Seeker or Refugee Support group listed on our website?

You need at least two people to meet, agree on a name for the group, set some objectives, agree on who will convene your group and who will be treasurer.

Feel free to get some ideas from this website. Fill out a Membership Form and send details to RAR Admin –

2020 RAR Membership Form

Here are our guidelines for starting a new group.









Other Groups

Regional Refugee Support Networks

Refugee Council of Australia

Australia for UNHCR

Academics for Refugees

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Faculty of Law UNSW

Amnesty International Australia

The Refugee Post – Amnesty’s Refugee Network (Vic) Newsletter

Amnesty Groups by State

Amnesty Individual Groups

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) – Victoria

Asylum Seekers Centre – NSW   

Australia for UNHCR  

Australian Refugee Action Network

Australian Refugee Association – ARA – SA

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce  

Bayside Refugee Advocacy and and Support Association (BRASA) (formerly Hampton) – Victoria

BRASS network – Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network

Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project – BASP

Buddies Refugee Support Group– (Sunshine Coast, Qld)

Canberra Refugee Action Committee – ACT

CASPA – Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum


Circle of Friends – SA

DASSAN – Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network – NT

Doctors 4 Refugees

GADRC – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children

  • GADRC – La Trobe – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
  • GADRC – Melbourne Ports – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
  • GADRC – Southern Peninsula – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children


Hobsons Bay Refugee Network

International Alliance Against Mandatory Detention

Justice for Refugees (SA)

Julian Burnside

Law Students for Refugees

Love Makes a Way

Manus Emergency Fund

Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA)


People Just Like Us

Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla

Refugee Action Collective Illawarra

Refugee Action Collective (Queensland)

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney

Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)

RACS is the only organisation in NSW dedicated to providing free legal support to refugees and people seeing asylum concerning their visa and other related issues.

Refugee Advocacy Network (RAN)– Victoria

Refugee Legal  (formerly Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre – RILC)

Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN)– WA

Sanctuary Australia Foundation

SCARF Refugee Support – Wollongong


Tamil Refugee Council

TASS – Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support

Tassie Nannas

Teachers 4 Refugees

LanternThe Wesley Centre in Geelong has opened a ‘drop in’ centre for asylum seekers and people who have Temporary Protection Visas. The Welcome Place is open 2 days each week.

The Wesley Centre Asylum Seeker Welcome Place
218 Ryrie St, Geelong 3220
Phone: 0437 439 667
Opening times:
Wednesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fridays 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Closed public holidays.



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