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Who we help

Seeking asylum in Australia

Under international law, everyone has the right to seek safety from persecution. But after arriving in Australia, many people wait years for outcomes to their asylum applications. As they wait on temporary visas, they face many challenges. People seeking asylum can’t access Centrelink or government income support, and face barriers to work, study and social connections.

People seeking asylum have fled their homes due to fear of persecution, violence and human rights violations.

The Asylum Seekers Centre is a place of welcome and provides practical and personal support for people living in the community who are seeking asylum.

We are a not-for-profit organisation with a voluntary Board of Directors. We rely on philanthropic grants, individual donations, some state government support, a dedicated team of professional staff and a network of more than 400 volunteers to undertake our work. Sign up to our newsletter to hear stories from the centre.

Meet Nadira, a young woman seeking asylum in Sydney

When I was jobless, it was hard to provide food even for my daughter. The food services that we got from the Asylum Seekers Centre was a big help.


Fled due to religious persecution