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<strong>Human Rights Day party</strong> Monday 12 December

Human Rights Day party Monday 12 December

Please join us for an End of Year Party for Human Rights Day on Monday 12 December, 11am – 2pm at Auburn Community Centre. There will be music, entertainment, and food for adults and children. Share your details if you would like to join the party.

<strong>Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre:</strong> Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm

Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm

Share a free hot lunch with the Asylum Seekers Centre at Newtown on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Auburn on Wednesdays. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.


Apply now for university scholarships

Limited full fee scholarships for asylum seekers are available in a number of universities in NSW. Applications for UWS, UNSW and UTS are now closed. The following universities are still accepting applications.

Applicants need to have an offer of a place to study at the university as well as applying for the scholarship. For more information, please visit our work and training webpage.

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Uni scholarships are open for asylum seekers

Macquarie University
Asylum Seeker Fee Sponsorship
Further information here
Deadline: 9 December 2022.

The Gregg Humanitarian Scholarship for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Further information here
Deadline 4 January 2023

Australian Catholic University
Refugee Scholarship: Find further information here.
Deadline: 15 January 2023.

University of Notre Dame
Vice Chancellor’s Humanitarian Scholarship
Further information here
Application here
Open timeline

For more information on application processes, see our fact sheets on university options on our ASC web page. 

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Improve your English

English language help

English classes - new dates and times

Learn English at Auburn and Newtown. Classes are available for a range of learner stages including basic, beginner, upper beginner, intermediate and advanced students. For more information and to book email

Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn

When: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: ASC Newtown, 43 Bedford St Newtown view on Google Maps

When: Wednesday 11:00 – 12:00am

When: Thursday 10:00 – 11:30am

ONLINE (your teacher will send a link before each class)

10am-11am: Beginner
10am-11am: Upper beginner
10am- 11am: Intermediate
1-2pm: Basic
6pm-7:30pm: Advanced (2 classes)

1pm-2pm: Intermediate
6pm-7:30pm: Advanced

10:30am-11:30am: Upper beginner

English and computer classes

Drop in to Auburn Centre for Community to join a Computer class or English class run by Cumberland City Council.

Computer class: Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12pm

English conversation class: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Computer class run by Cumberland City Council

When: Wednesdays 9:30AM- 12:00PM
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: No booking required

English conversation class run by Cumberland City Council

When: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: No booking required

Join us for a walk along Sydney's foreshore

Walk together

Take a leisurely walk around Cremorne Point in Sydney’s North Shore. Enjoy the views of Sydney Harbour. Discover a magical garden and grand houses. Light refreshments will be provided.

Where: Meet at the ASC in Newtown
When: Thursday 8 December  2022
Time: Start 9.30am.  Return time is open, please ensure you have no urgent appointments during this day
Transport: ASC vehicle
Difficulty: Easy 3km circuit walk (mostly flat paved)
This walk is for adults only
To register email or phone 9078 1900

Creative life

Arts and community

Sewing group

Come join our amazing Sewing Circle every Friday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm at ASC Newtown.

Be part of a fun and creative sewing community, learn new skills and have a good time.

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm every Friday.
Where: ASC, 43 Bedford Street, Newtown
To book: Email

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Music playing for fun at ASC

Come and play music at ASC with Phillip from Music for Refugees.
Anyone can come, if you are an experienced musician or if you are completely new to music.

When: Every second Thursday at Newtown – 1:30-3:30pm


Training, work and education

Help with technology

Book an appointment with one of our friendly volunteer computer tutors. They will help you use your technology, email, online services.

Please fill in this form.
We will get in touch with you to make an appointment.


Women's group and mending cafe

The Asylum Seekers Centre offers a regular meeting for women to get together and talk. We will also have a mending cafe, if you need help repairing a special piece of clothing.

All women are welcome.
When: Last Friday of each month 10:30am – 12:30pm (Next meeting: 25 November )
Where: Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown
To join the women’s group, email for more details.


Exercise and health

Looking after your Health Workshop (Arabic)

A free workshop all about building a healthier you.
Tips and information on:
* managing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
* alcohol recommendations and weight management
* setting an action plan
Language: Arabic (only)
Booking is essential. Limited places.
Contact: or Phone: 9078 1900
Morning tea provided.
When: Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
Start: 9.30am for 10.00am start
Finish: 1.00pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road, Auburn
Phone: 9078 1900

Swimming 2023 - Book now!

Enquire about or book in now for  swimming classes for children, young people and adults in 2023.

Children’s swimming lessons – Cabramatta, and Fairfield

Young people’s swimming lessons – Pyrmont, and Maroubra

Adult swimming lessons – Enfield, Cabramatta, Auburn, Fairfield, Seven Hills, Sydney Olympic Park

To book or enquire, email

Children’s swimming lessons – 2023

Locations: Cabramatta, Fairfield

Young people’s swimming lessons – 2023

Locations: Pyrmont, Maroubra

Adult swimming lessons – 2023

Locations: Enfield, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Auburn, Seven Hills, Sydney Olympic Park

To book or enquire, email stating your:

  1. Preferred location

  2. Age

  3. Preferred time (morning, afternoon, or evening)

  4. Additional information (e.g. women’s only)

Free health and exercise classes

Reclink Australia offers a program of sports and fitness classes which are free to Asylum Seekers Centre clients. Sports classes include tennis, lawn bowls and table tennis. Fitness classes include  Dancefit and Yoga.  Reclink Connect also offers online health and fitness classes.


For further information contact


Free Swimming fun time - Cook and Phillip Pool - Sydney City

When: Wednesdays, 2-3pm

Where: Cook and Phillip Pool, 4 College St Sydney NSW

To Book: email


Free swimming fun time – Sydney City

When: Wednesdays, 2 – 3pm
Where: Cook and Phillip Pool 4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000
To book: Email