Our Organisation

About United Nations Refugee AgencyAbout Australia for UNHCR

Australia for UNHCR is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people who are supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency (The UN Refugee Agency). We achieve this by raising funds for UNHCR's international humanitarian operations.

UNHCR is almost entirely funded by direct, voluntary contributions - mostly from donor countries but also increasingly from individual citizens around the world, the private sector, and foundations and trusts.

Our fundraising support helps UNHCR respond to humanitarian emergencies when they occur, providing vital practical emergency support such as shelter, medicine, blankets, jerry cans and cooking sets. It also enables them to keep providing support long after the media spotlight has faded, funding long term project that would not exist without our Australian donor support. We also support programs and projects for health, education, shelter, clean water and sanitation, and women and children.

Our accreditation

Australia for UNHCR is a member of the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID), the peak body representing nongovernment organisations working in the field of international aid and development. We are also a Signatory to ACFID's Code of Conduct. Australia for UNHCR is also a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), the peak body representing charities in Australia.

The United Nations Refugee Agency

Official Portrait - Filippo Grandi UN High CommissionerEstablished in 1951, UNHCR provides and coordinates international relief for refugees and displaced people, offering them protection and assistance at every stage of their ordeal.

As well as providing emergency shelter, food, water and medical care, UNHCR strives to improve refugees' quality of life and future opportunities. This includes providing infrastructure, schools and income generating projects in established refugee camps and communities.

The current High Commissioner is Filippo GrandiGrandi, who is from Italy, has worked in international affairs for over 30 years, including as head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The former High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, finished his 10 year term on 31st of December 2015.

UNHCR Regional Office - Canberra

UNHCR's Regional Representation is based in Canberra, and is responsible for the promotion and protection of refugee rights in the region which includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. The Regional Office focuses on three key areas: legal protection, resettlement, and public information. The current UNHCR Regional Representative is Thomas Albrecht.

Contact the Regional Office.