The 2022 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Support Grants distributed funding across metro and regional NSW to specialist migrant and settlement non-government organisations. They provided support to asylum seekers and other vulnerable temporary visa holders who experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding provided emergency relief support including food and personal hygiene support, medical support, telecommunications, transport, and essential housing (to maintain tenancies and for crisis accommodation, and also includes gas, water and electricity bills).

If you are an asylum seeker or temporary visa holder in need of assistance

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If you are an asylum seeker or temporary visa holder* residing in NSW in crisis and not eligible for most assistance from the Commonwealth Government, please contact an organisation near you

*International students are excluded from this grants round.

  • Asylum Seeker Centre

    Asylum seekers within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Australian Red Cross Society

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro and regional NSW

  • CCA New South Wales

    asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Hills Community Aid and Information Service

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro, focusing on West and Southwest Sydney

  • House of Welcome

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro, focusing on West and Southwest Sydney

  • Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW (MYAN)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro and regional NSW

  • Muslim Women Australia

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro, focusing on West and Southwest Sydney

  • Prosper (Project Australia)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Queanbeyan Multicultural Centre

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders in the South East and Tablelands region

  • Rev. Bill Crews Foundation (Exodus Foundation)

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

  • Settlement Services International

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro and regional NSW

  • Western Sydney MRC

    Asylum seekers and temporary visa holders within Greater Sydney Metro

All Afghan evacuees who arrived in Australia in 2021 and Ukrainian nationals who have arrived in Australia in 2022 are also eligible for support under these grants.

Learn more about grants distributed by Multicultural NSW by visiting the Grants page.

Page last updated: 30 January 2023 | 10:09 am