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 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...

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...

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

Who we are  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’s 2020 population was estimated at...

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...