How to Help Refugees


How to help refugees

Writing to politicians

Writing to refugees on Nauru

Helping refugees in the community




South Australia

Western Australia

There are 83 Sri Lankan refugees held on Nauru by the Australian government, and 8 Burmese who have been there since 2005.

Read the letter written by the Sri Lankan refugees to the Australian public.

Writing to politicians

Points to make about the 83 Sri Lankan refugees in Nauru


  • If they are captured they are forced to serve in the Sri Lankan
  • military fighting Tamils. Understandably they do not want to do this.
  • They came to Australia legitimately seeking asylum. Under the  Refugee Convention to which we are signatory, Australia is obliged to receive them and assess their claim.
  • They should be provided with legal advice and counselling immediately.
  • Many are traumatised from beatings and torture received in detention camps in Sri Lanka they need counselling and legal advice.

Please contact Kevin Andrews’ office –

The Hon Kevin Andrews

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6277 7860
Fax: (02) 6273 4144



Please contact Kevin Rudd’s office –

Tel: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8495


Tel: (07) 3899 4031

Fax: (07) 3899 5755

Labor should stand up for the Refugee Convention and demand that Howard allow these young men to make their claims and to properly assess those claims.

End this secret incommunicado detention.

Writing to refugees

There are 8 Burmese and 83 Sri Lankans detained on Nauru by the Australian Government.

Their address is:

Sri lankan asylum seekers

c/o IOM

PO Box 292

Republic of Nauru

Telephone:  +674 444 3503

Fax:             +674 444 3505


For other asylum seekers on Nauru:


Dedicated Email Address:

Direct Line for Incoming Calls: 674 444 3597

Direct Line for Incoming Fax: 674 444 3505


These numbers are monitored fulltime by an IOM Operations Assistant.  They will attempt to locate person or take a message if unable to locate.  If the other 3 phones are being used this line is available for urgent outgoing calls as well.  IOM Staff are usually in this office until 8pm so others will also monitor once


There are also 3 Public Telephones in the Offshore Processing Centre.  One can also be used for incoming calls. 674 444 3503.


Australian e-Fax : 61 2 9475 4844

This fax number is forwarded directly to Asylum Seeker email address.  Faxes are printed out and distributed as they arrive.


Emails will be printed out and given to whomever they are addressed to.

General email to the population as a whole will be posted on notice board.

Helping in the Australian community

In Australia there is a lot to be done.  In particular, now that most of the people previously in detention are now in the community, there is a real need to help them settle in and come to feel a part of the community which was so hostile to them so recently.

Below is a list of coordinating organisations who do great work helping refugees in the community.  They are always keen to welcome new volunteers.




South Australia

Western Australia


The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Head Office

12 Batman St

West Melbourne

VIC 3003

Phone: (03) 9326 6066

Fax: (03) 9326 5199



The Fitzroy Learning Network

198 Napier Street

Fitzroy VIC 3065

Telephone: +61 03 9417 2897

Fax: +61 03 9417 2663



Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc. (RILC)

95 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Vic. 3065

Phone: (03) 9483 1144

Advice Line:  1-4pm Wed (03) 9483 1140


Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project

2/579 Queensberry St

North Melbourne

VIC 3051

Phone: 03 93268343

Fax: 03 93267470



Refugee Advice Casework Service

Suite 8C, 46-56 Kippax St

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Tel: 02 9211 4001

Fax: 02 9281 8078



344 Darling St

[PO Box 90]  Balmain

NSW 2041

Ph: 02 9810 5826  fax: 02 9555 9193

South Australia

Australian Refugee Association

304 Henley Beach Road,

Underdale, South Australia 5032

Phone: (08) -8354 2951

Fax : (08) -8354 2953



Romero Centre

118 Park Rd

Woolloongabba Qld 4102

Phone: 07 3393 2500


South Brisbane Immigration & Community Legal Service Inc

Boundary Chambers

Floor 1, 170 Boundary St

West End 4101

Ph: (07) 3846 3189

Fax: (07) 3844 3073

Western Australia

CASE for Refugees

Room 23, Level 2

Trinity Arcade

671 Hay Street Mall

Perth WA 6000


Tel:  08 9486 4987

Fax:  08 9226 0630