Supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees

The Department of Social Services is responsible for the settlement of humanitarian entrants in Australia. All newly arrived humanitarian entrants are eligible to receive initial, intensive settlement assistance through the Department’s Humanitarian Settlement Services programme.

These services are designed to provide humanitarian entrants with the assistance they need to build a life in Australia and aim to assist clients to become self-reliant, participate equally in Australian society and minimise longer-term reliance on support services.

While the Australian Government has announced a package of assistance in response to the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis, there are many other ways that you can help.

State based opportunities