Asylum seekers and refugees

The City of Port Phillip is a Refugee Welcome Zone

In 2002, the City of Port Phillip declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone (PDF 590 KB) in support of the Refugee Council of Australia campaign. This declaration formed a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community.

Visit Asylum seekers and refugees for more information on supports available to asylum seekers and refugees in Port Phillip.

Racism. It Stops With Me

The City of Port Phillip is proud to support the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign. We have committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign.

Racism continues to occur in Australia despite cultural diversity being central to our national identity. A survey by Vichealth with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds has shown that almost two-thirds have been targets of racism in the past year.

The national Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies. For more information on the campaign go to the Australian Human Rights Commission Website.


Who Are Refugees? Who Are Asylum Seekers?

To understand what is meant by these terms, view the Refugee Council of Australia's Get the Facts.

There are many common myths about asylum seekers. For more information about these myths and the facts, view the fact sheets on this Asylum Myths page.

How You Can Help

The City of Port Phillip encourages your support of newly arrived migrants and refugee families by supporting the work of the organisations below. You can do this by:

Refugee Week

Photography by Shane Lam

This year’s theme for Refugee Week 2019 is “A World of Stories - Share a meal, share a story”.

So come along to share a meal and a story on World Refugee Day at Space2b Social Design. On display is Spoken, a mural art project that tells the visual stories of local women of diverse background of resilience and identity.

The project was created by Space2b in partnership with ONDRU and supported by Council's Cultural Development Fund.  It focuses on providing a voice for women who are connected with Space2b to share their stories on identity and resilience.

A multicultural lunch will be provided with proceeds going to the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 20 June 2019

Time: 11 am to 1.30 pm

Location: Space2b, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

RSVP: book via TryBooking

Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project

This locally-based project aims to:

  • Provide hospitality and practical support for asylum seekers
  • Actively network with like-minded individuals and groups who are working for justice for asylum seekers
  • Promote advocacy for the rights of asylum seekers

The project currently supports people who have been detained in Immigration Detention Centres. They regularly visit asylum seekers at Maribyrnong Detention Centre and take phone cards, tobacco, toiletries, food and clothing to those being detained. The project raises money for bonds that people on bridging visas are required to pay to be released from detention. The project also assists some asylum seekers who have decided to leave Australia because they have lost hope in being given refugee status.

The project also provides assistance and support to asylum seekers living in the community with access to toiletries, food parcels, myki cards as well as assisting with seeking housing and employment.

If you would like to make a financial donation, cheques can be made to Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project. Money received will be used to give practical support to those on bridging visas or those still in detention.

Refugee Welcome Zones

In 2002, the City of Port Phillip declared itself a'“Refugee Welcome Zone' in support of the Refugee Council of Australia campaign. This declaration formed a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community.

We are working to increase the capacity of our community to accept and accommodate difference among people. We will continue to advocate and address issues of racism and discrimination.

Asylum Seeker Policy Statement

Port Phillip Council considered the issue of asylum seekers at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 18 December 2006. As a result, the Council unanimously endorsed a public statement supporting asylum seekers and refugees with past and present connections to the City of Port Phillip. You can read the full Asylum Seeker Policy statement (PDF 15 KB).

Links to Other Organisations

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