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Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia

Your kindness can be a lifeline for someone trying to make ends meet. Please donate today.

Every day, refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia are struggling to make ends meet.

We see families living on just one meal a day. Parents unable to afford their children’s medicine. Young men sleeping on the street.

Your kindness can help them cope as they search for work or make important decisions about their lives.

By supporting this appeal, you will help refugees and people seeking asylum with everyday essentials: such as food vouchers, transport cards, small cash grants and access to caseworkers and emergency accommodation.

Every month we help around 670 people, but the need is growing. We’ve already seen a 50% increase in people requesting emergency help this year.

Will you support them?

Your donation is a lifeline for people while they get back on their feet. It’s a reminder that someone cares about their wellbeing and safety.

How your donation can help

  • $30 can provide a public transport card to help someone get to job interviews and medical appointments. 

  • $100 could provide groceries for a family of four for a week. 

  • $400 could pay for one month of casework support for someone who needs it.

  • $500 could cover quarterly electricity and gas bills for a family in winter.

  • $1,000 could help a family unable to find work afford a roof over their heads until their situation improves.

How this helps – Sayed’s story

Sayed spent all he had trying to find safety. Here’s how Red Cross donors helped once he got here.

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Refugee Asylum Seeker Appeal

Your donation will help Red Cross provide everyday essentials like food, financial relief, vouchers and casework support to refugees, people seeking asylum and other migrants facing significant hardship. It can help people find services they need, and reconnect families who have been separated.


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Your questions answered

Your donation helps people whose survival, dignity and health is at risk, irrespective of how they arrived in Australia. Most of these people are waiting for their protection claims to be assessed. Many are ineligible for government support. Most are struggling to find work. Some just need a safe place to work out what they will do next.

Donations to the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Appeal help Red Cross to provide everyday essentials like food, financial relief, vouchers and casework to migrants facing significant hardship. Donations also help us link people to services like housing, employment, education and social support; and reconnect families who have been separated.

Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% from this appeal to cover appeal and administration costs.

If the funds raised exceed the pressing needs of asylum seekers and refugees, or due to circumstances beyond our control, then Red Cross will use the funds in assisting other vulnerable people in Australia.

Donations of $2 or more may be tax deductible for Australian taxpayers.

We see around 670 people each month, many of whom need ongoing support. Last year, we helped over 2,500 people with:

  • $17,000 in public transport cards
  • $387,000 in groceries/food bank vouchers
  • $20,600 for essential medicine and health care
  • $38,800 for emergency accommodation
  • $21,300 in items like uniforms and stationery for school kids

Yes. We’ve seen a 50% increase in people needing emergency help this year already. Many of these people face barriers that keep them from working, while also denying them access to services such as crisis housing, concession cards or income support.

Get the facts about refugees, asylum seekers and other people seeking safety.