Key Organisations in Brisbane

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Key Organisations in Brisbane

There are many organisations across Brisbane who are working tirelessly to support and advocate for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. This list is just a small snapshot of the leaders within this space. Be sure to see the BRASS Community Directory for a further and more extensive list of community contacts. 

 

Social | Health| Legal & Form Filling | Advocacy

1. Social Services

Multicultural Development Association (MDA)
Settles newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. It is one of the leading settlement agencies in Queensland providing support to refugees and migrants through community development, advocacy and a range of client services.

Phone: (07) 3337 5428
Website: www.mdainc.org.au

The Romero Centre, as part of the Mercy Family Services, Welcomes and supports asylum seekers and refugees, in particular former detainees (“boat people”) and their families. The centre organises activities for refugees and asylum seekers, acts as an advocacy centre for refugees, and aims to educate the community about the refugee experience.

Address: Dutton Street, Dutton Park QLD 4102
Website: www.romerocentre.org.au / www.mercyfamilyservices.org.au
Email: Centrevolunteer@romerocentre.org.au

Red Cross – Queensland
The Migration Support Programs (MSP) provide effective and responsive services to people who are vulnerable as a result of migration, such as those separated by war and disaster, refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees.Programs in MSP include, Tracing & Restoration of Family Links, Immigration Detention Program, Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme, Community Detention, Community Assistance Support, & Support for Trafficked People.

Volunteer Coordinator for the Migration Support Programs
Email: qld_msp_volunteer@redcross.org.au
Phone: (07) 3367 7222
Website: www.redcross.org.au/migration-support-program.aspx
Address: 49 Park Road, Milton, QLD 4064

 

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland (VoRTCS Program )
Offers a number of services for migrants and refugees throughout Queensland, including:

  • Advocacy, migration advice
  • Conference assistance
  • Family reunification
  • Emergency housing
  • Employment training
  • English tutoring through VoRTCS

Their key program includes the Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support (VoRTCS).

These volunteers have also been involved in a new initiative, Building Learning Communities, to create a network of homework clubs and learning support resources.

VoRTCS Program
Email: tutoring.vortcs@svdpqld.org.au
Email: info.vortcs@svdpqld.org.au
Phone: 07 3010 1083
Website: www.refugeetutoring.org
General queries: www.vinnies.org.au/home-qld

Access Community Services Inc
ACCESS Services provides settlement services to newly arrived migrants and refugees to Australia. Access operates in the South East Queensland Region.

Phone: 07 3412 8222
Address: 92 Wembley Rd, Logan Centre, QLD
Website: www.accesscommunity.org.au

 

BEMAC
BEMAC is the lead agency in Queensland for the development, presentation, promotion and advocacy of arts by migrant and refugee artists and their communities.

Website: www.bemac.org.au
Address: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Level 1, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Open Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Phone: 07 3391 4433
Email: admin@bemac.org.au

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)
Support and advocate for the needs, interests and contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland.

Website: www.eccq.com.au
Address: ECCQ House, 253 Boundary Street, West End
Phone: (07) 3844 9166
Email: administration@eccq.com.au

2. Health Services

Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
Provides flexible and cultural sensitive services to promote the health and wellbeing of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee related trauma prior to migrating to Australia. They have offices in Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville.

Address: 28 Dibley Street, Woolloongabba Qld 4102
Email: admin@qpastt.org.au
Phone: 07 3391 6677
Website: www.qpastt.org.au

Harmony Place
Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Well Being Inc.Harmony Place is a unique, community based agency providing mental health and wellbeing services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background people and communities.

Website: www.harmonyplace.org.au
Address: 30 Shottery Street, Yeronga Qld
Phone: 07 3848 1600

3. Legal Services & Form Filling Clinics

Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)
RAILS is the community legal service for migration & refugee matters in Queensland.

Address: Level 1, 170 Boundary Street, West End
Email: admin@rails.org.au
Website: www.rails.org.au    

Salvos Legal Humanitarian

Runs the Salvos Legal Asylum Seeker Clinic in Brisbane. It also has clinics that deal in a range of areas including family migration and refugee matters.

Location: Goodna (main office) / Wolloongabba (Asylum seeker clinic)
Phone: 07 3280 8860
Email:  enquiries@salvoslegal.com.au
Website:www.salvoslegal.com.au/our_services/humanitarian

Indooroopilly Uniting Church form filling clinic
Indooroopilly run form-filling clinics on Thursday afternoon and Saturdays, and need volunteers with strong English, verbal and written communication skills.

Email: iucasylum@gmail.com

4. Advocacy

Refugee Action Collective
RAC in Brisbane is a broad group of concerned people from all walks of life dedicated to fighting for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and for the reform of Australia’’s immigration policies.

Name: Paul McKinnon
Email: paul@rac-qld.org
Address: PO Box 5829, West End, Qld 4101
Phone: 07 3392 3843
Website: www.rac-qld.org

Amnesty International – Qld / Nthn NSW
The Refugee and Asylum Network aims at raising awareness about, and encouraging advocacy, for asylum seekers and refugees’ rights in our community.

Email: Internationalqldrefugeenetwork@amnesty.org.au
Phone: 07 3136 6404
Address: Level 1, 354 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Website: www.amnesty.org.au/qld

BRASS Network
The Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network includes representatives from many of the below organisations. We come together to collaborate and share information across the sector. All are welcome to join or become involved.

Email: brass.netw@gmail.com
Monthly meetings:  held on the last Friday of each month from 10-12 noon at Justice Place, Woollongabba.

Be sure to see the BRASS Community Directory for a further and more extensive list of community contacts.

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