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Helping Refugees

See how you can help refugees build a new life in Australia.


Many Australians have made contact with various departments and agencies asking about how they can offer assistance to refugees.

One of the ways you can help refugees is by making donations of goods or funds. Before making a financial donation it is recommended that people consider talking to a financial advisor.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and there are many other organisations working to support and assist refugees.

Australian Organisations

GIVIT is a national not-for-profit Australian charity, connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. GIVIT makes giving easy via its free online giving portal enabling you to see exactly what items are required by vulnerable members of your local community.

To donate goods, search the Give items page to see what is needed.

To donate funds, go to the Donate funds page and select 'Humanitarian Support' — 100 per cent of funds donated go to buying essential items refugees need.

Go to the GIVIT website for more information.

International Organisations

The organisations listed below work throughout the world to provide relief to refugees in areas where they are needed the most:

  • The UN Refugee Agency is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people.
  • The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
  • Save the Children is an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation (NGO) best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases
  • Oxfam is an international confederation of charitable organisations focused on the alleviation of global poverty.
  • UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund, working in 190 countries for the survival, protection and development of every child, with a focus on the lives of children who are the most disadvantaged and excluded.