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.

Featured Refugee Welcome Zones

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 City Council

Adelaide City Council became a Refugee Welcome Zone in August 2014. Adelaide City Council welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to the City and acknowledges the difficult journey men, women and children make to Australia...

Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council has been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2019. We work with community groups including the South Gippsland and Phillip Island Rural Australians for Refugees groups on activities that help raise...

Blacktown City Council

Blacktown is a city of diverse cultures – a home to around 395,000 people representing around 188 birthplaces and 182 different languages. To ensure programs and activities are developed to promote access and...

Brimbank City Council

The City of Brimbank is located in the western and north-western suburbs of Melbourne, between 11 and 23 kilometres west and north-west of the Melbourne GPO. Brimbank is home to about 194,319 residents, more than 50% of...

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is located on the east coast of Australia. It is a bustling, modern and culturally diverse city. The Brisbane Local Government Area has a larger population than any other local...

City of Ballarat

The City of Ballarat is located just 110km west-north-west of Melbourne in the Central Highlands of regional Victoria. The City is recognised by UNICEF and as a Child Friendly City. It has a growing population of more...