NSW remains ready and willing to do more than our fair share to assist the Commonwealth Government to settle the additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq.
Premier of NSW Mike Baird has appointed Professor Peter Shergold AC, the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, as the NSW Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement. As Coordinator-General, Professor Shergold will take responsibility for ensuring that the NSW Government is prepared for the arrival of the additional refugee intake, and coordinate resettlement activities across governments, government agencies, NGOs, education providers and other stakeholders.
We welcome offers of assistance. As well as the work that State Government agencies and settlement service providers do to support refugee families to settle effectively in NSW, opportunities exist for not for profit community organisations, businesses, other groups and individuals to play an important role in helping the additional refugees to settle here.
If your assistance offer relates to accommodation, please note that assisting humanitarian entrants to source suitable accommodation is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) programme.
Accommodation services delivered by HSS service providers have historically managed increases and fluctuations in the Humanitarian Programme, and will continue to do so for the additional Syrian and Iraqi intake to NSW. Offers to house new arrivals within private homestay arrangements will therefore not be required. Previous offers of assistance will be forwarded to Settlement Services International (SSI), the major Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) provider in NSW.
If you are interested in assisting the Syrian and Iraqi refugees to settle in NSW, please complete the form. With your agreement, your details will be passed onto other government agencies and organisations whose services are relevant to your offer of support.
Your offer of assistance is important and you will receive a response as soon as possible. As the details of the settlement of the additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees are in the initial planning stages, this may take some time. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Please fill out this form to register your interest in helping the Syrian and Iraqi refugees settle in NSW.