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

MDA Ltd (Multicultural Development Australia)
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 5400

The Romero Centre

Provides individualised case coordination and a range of welcoming, inclusive support services for refugees and people seeking asylum in Queensland. They exist to connect vulnerable people with the good will of community and to provide the right support to meet their unique needs in hope to make them feel welcome.

Address: Dutton Street, Dutton Park QLD 4102
Website: www.

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
Phone: (07) 3367 7222
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
Phone: 07 3010 1083
General queries:

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


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

Address: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Level 1, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Open Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Phone: 07 3391 4433

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

Address: ECCQ House, 253 Boundary Street, West End
Phone: (07) 3844 9166

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
Phone: 07 3391 6677

Mater Refugee Health Service
Provides primary care in local GP practices for newly arrived refugees, and sees refugees with complex medical needs and asylum seekers with and without Medicare in our complex care clinic. Our service also partners with other medical specialists at the Mater Hospital to deliver the following health services specifically for people of refugee background (including those seeking asylum) – cardiology clinic, psychiatry clinic, paediatric clinic, child youth mental health service and infectious diseases clinic.

Address: Level 4, Salmon Building, Mater Hospital, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane 4101
Phone: 07 3163 2880

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.

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

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

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.


Summit Migration 

Summit Migration is a Social Enterprise that offers free legal advice and significantly reduced cost immigration assistance to refugee applicants and their families. Summit Migration invests the profit from its commercial immigration practice to offer an accessible refugee support program. Whether you’re seeking protection in Australia, looking to review your refusal decision, seeking work rights or wanting to reunite with your family, Summit Migration is able to assist.

Phone: (07) 3177 7609

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
Address: PO Box 5829, West End, Qld 4101
Phone: 07 3392 3843

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.

Phone: 07 3136 6404
Address: Level 1, 354 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

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.

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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