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The UN Refugee Agency’s fundraising partner in Australasia

Australia for UNHCR is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the humanitarian work of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The funds we raise help UNHCR respond to refugee emergencies when they occur, as well as providing displaced communities with ongoing assistance and protection.

We empower individuals and the private sector to act, in support of UNHCR’s global mission to protect and assist people fleeing from conflict, persecution and disaster. As well as helping people survive the emergency phase of a crisis, we fund projects for the long-term, enabling refugees to live in dignity and build a better future for themselves. Many of these life-changing projects would not be possible without public support.

The UN Refugee Agency

Established in 1951, UNHCR provides and coordinates international relief for refugees and displaced people, offering protection and assistance at every stage of their ordeal. As well as delivering emergency shelter, food, water and medical care, UNHCR strives to improve refugees’ quality of life and ensure them future opportunities. This includes providing infrastructure, schools and income generating projects in established refugee camps and communities.

Discover more about the life-changing work of UNHCR

UNHCR Multi-Country Representation

UNHCR's Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific is responsible for the promotion and protection of refugee rights in our region, which includes Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Multi-Country Representation focuses on three key areas: legal protection, resettlement and public information. The current UNHCR Regional Representative is Adrian Edwards. Contact the Regional Office


(Donations to Australia for UNHCR are not currently tax deductible for New Zealand donors)

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