Refugee Council of Australia

Refugee Welcome Zones

A Refugee Welcome Zone is a Local Government Area which has made a commitment in spirit to:
Welcoming refugees into the community,
Upholding the human rights of refugees,
Demonstrating compassion for refugees and
Enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.
The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative began in June 2002 as part of Refugee Week celebrations.

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Refugee Welcome Zone profiles

What are Refugee Welcome Zones doing to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum? These profiles of some of our Refugee Welcome Zones give an idea of how councils are welcoming refugees and people seeking asylum into their community. If you are from a council, you can submit your RWZ profile below.
Councils can submit content for their profile here

Adelaide Hills Council

On 18 June 2015, the Adelaide Hills Council (AHC) declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ). This is an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA)and is defined as “a local government area which has made a...

Alice Springs Town Council

Alice Springs/ Mparntwe (pronounced ‘M-barn-twa’), which is the Arrernte word for Alice Springs, is a unique and culturally rich modern town located in the heart of Central Australia. It is home to approximately 25,912 ...

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is a vibrant planned out city, with elegant gardens and mountain top views of its geometrical landscape. Home to the Parliament House of Australia and government department offices the ACT is the centre of the...

Ballina Shire Council

Ballina Shire Council is located in the Northern Rivers of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. It covers an area of 485 km² with a population of approximately 45,000. We have a prosperous economy based on building...

Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast is one of Victoria’s fastest-growing rural municipalities. We have a unique combination of unspoiled coastline and picturesque hinterland, and we are less than two hours from Melbourne and have a...

Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst Regional Council regularly (six-monthly) hosts a Welcome Lunch for new residents, of which refugees are invited to attend.  The gathering includes information regarding organisations and services to assist...