Work with us

Thank you for your interest to join our team at Asylum Seekers Centre.

Government assistance for people seeking asylum is being withdrawn at a rate not seen since we opened our doors at ASC more than 20 years ago. Thousands will be affected. More than ever we need the support of our community who with their dedication, commitment and compassion enable us to provide a welcoming and safe environment for the many people who come to the Centre seeking comfort and assistance.

We welcome you to express your interest in joining our team or expand your role if you are already involved with us!

Please find details below of current paid and voluntary roles available:


Registered Nurse (paid)

As a member of the Health Service team, the Registered Nurse position will work within a nurse-led model and focus on providing health assessments for people seeking asylum. The role will also work in collaboration with pro bono health professionals and other ASC service delivery teams such as Casework, Employment, Legal, Education & Social Support.

This is a part-time position at 3 days per week (22.8 hours), preferably worked across Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Based in Newtown.

A full position description can be found here.

Selection Criteria:

  • Current nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and extensive post-graduate experience
  • Demonstrated sound clinical assessment skills with the ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Experience working with interpreters in a cross cultural environment
  • Commitment to social justice and issues of access and equity in health
  • Computer literacy
  • Current Unrestricted NSW Drivers Licence (P2 Licence acceptable)
  • Valid NSW Working With Children’s Check

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the full selection criteria to Kristine De Guzman, Business Resources Manager at hr@asylumseekerscentre.org.au. Please note applications which do not address the full criteria will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 3 March 2019, 12:00am midnight  


Centre Support Volunteers

Centre Support Volunteers Several roles available! Our Centre Support team play an integral role in providing all-rounder assistance to our Centre. The right person for this role will enjoy flexibility and variety in their tasks. If you enjoy talking and engaging with people from all walks of life, helping answer questions and directing people to the right place – then this role is for you! Tasks will include:

  • Helping clients in our Main Hall with a range of day-today things we commonly hear requests for such as making a phone call, filling out a simple form, looking up information on the computer.etc
  • Showing clients where to find information they need within the Centre, e.g. location of Accommodation Board, Activity Schedule, etc
  • Coordinating the distribution of Food Bank tokens
  • Providing computer help with printing, scanning and typing documents/emails
  • Working with fellow volunteers in the Main Hall to ensure the space is tidy and all clients waiting are supported with their questions
  • Help with facilitating and running Welcome Tour appointments (when required). These tours run daily at 11:30am and 1:00pm to officially welcome new clients and provide information.

Availability & Commitment: Monday, Wednesdays, Thursday 9:30am to 2:30pm. Minimum 3-month commitment. Please let us know which day of the week you are available in your application. A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Centre Support


Food Bank Volunteer

We are seeking volunteers to join our Food Bank team to assist in providing food and toiletries to people seeking asylum. The main duties of this role is to distribute items during the Food Bank store’s opening hours, which operates similarly to a small grocery store. The role will also involve re-stocking shelves and sorting food and toiletry donations received.

Duties and responsibilities include:

The role would suit someone who is an effective communicator, as you will be engaging with asylums seekers with varying English-speaking skills and must be able to communicate about what they would like from the store and in return, explain the type of foods and toiletries available. This role also involves some light lifting of food parcels.

Availability & Commitment:

We are seeking volunteers for Fridays. The volunteer must be available from 9:30am – 2:30pm. Due to the current needs of the Centre, we ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months to the role.

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Food Bank Volunteer.


Job Advisor Volunteers

We have multiple vacancies to fill in the role of volunteer Job Advisor. This role provides one to one advice and mentoring to people seeking asylum who are seeking employment in Australia.

Duties and responsibilities include:

      • Identifying expertise, abilities, interests and work readiness of job seeker
      • Ability to advocate with employers on behalf of job seekers
      • Resume and cover letter development
      • Referring people seeking asylum to training and other services as needed
      • Provide interview preparation when needed
    • Using your networks and experience to help people seeking asylum gain work is key to the role

Availability & Commitment: 1 day per week for 12 months: ½ day working one-on-one with people seeking asylum at the Centre, and ½ at home in preparation and research.

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Job Advisor.


IT Support Volunteers for ASC Employment Service 

We have multiple vacancies to fill in the role of volunteer IT Support. This role provides technical support to our Employment Service Team.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Basic IT support for Employment team (Google Drive, Mail, Calendar, file management, printing and scanning, etc.)
  • Support and training for Employment team in CiviCRM (training and documentation provided)

Availability & Commitment: 1 day per week (or two half days)

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – IT Support


How to apply: To express your interest for any of the above volunteer roles, please send an email to volunteer@asylumseekerscentre.org.au with your resume, brief blurb about yourself and how you meet the selection criteria (found in the position description).

Application Deadline: Please apply ASAP.

Working rights in Australia and a valid NSW Working with Children’s Check is required from all workers of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

We thank you for your support and interest in the work we do.