About Australia for UNHCR

Australia for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner in Australia, raising awareness and funds to support UNHCR’s global emergency response to humanitarian crises. It achieves this through the generosity of Australian individual donors, trusts, foundations and other organisations who donate to and partner with Australia for UNHCR to help support its mission statement: 

''Australians Empowering Refugees To Build A Better Future''

Contributions from Australian individuals and groups lead to direct impact on the ground during humanitarian crises, helping UNHCR deliver emergency support such as shelter, protection, clean water, food and medicines. As well as supporting UNHCR’s emergency response, Australia for UNHCR empowers Australians to directly fund projects that support longer-term care such as building schools, running livelihood programs and providing healthcare.

Australia for UNHCR fundraises in many ways, with regular donations from everyday Australians underpinning much of its work. Other fundraising includes supporting community events, corporate partnerships and foundation work. Australia for UNHCR also delivers education and advocacy initiatives to raise public awareness of the plight of displaced people around the world and UNHCR’s work to protect and care for them. Australia for UNHCR was established in 2000 and has grown to be one of UNHCR’s top ten private sector contributors globally, ahead of many governments and institutions. In 2020, Australia for UNHCR raised $33 million to support UNHCR’s urgent humanitarian responses across the world.

For information on how Australia for UNHCR is governed, read the Constitution for Australia for UNHCR.

Our Accreditation

Australia for UNHCR is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body representing non-government organisations working in the field of international aid and development. Australia for UNHCR is committed to the ACFID Fundraising Charter and is a signatory to ACFID’s Code of Conduct. This includes policies and procedures which promote the safety and well-being of children. Read our Child Safeguarding Policy for more information.

Australia for UNHCR is also a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), the peak body representing charities in Australia, and of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

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