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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. You can create your own profile here: Create your own Refugee Welcome Zone profile

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...

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 Fremantle

The City of Fremantle is a local government area in the south metropolitan region of Perth, the state capital of Western Australia. Fronting the Indian Ocean to the west and forming part of Australia’s western...

City of Greater Bendigo

The City of Greater Bendigo is located in the geographical heart of Victoria. The City is recognised by UNICEF and /UNESCO as a Child Friendly City . It has a growing population of more than 110,000, with 15% born...

City of Greater Dandenong

The City of Greater Dandenong Local Government Area is located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a dynamic and vibrant city and known as Victoria’s most culturally diverse municipality. The area has a...