Back Your Neighbour – support those fleeing from war and persecution

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The federal government is withdrawing support services for people living in our communities who have fled war and persecution. This includes financial support and trauma counselling for victims of torture.

We have joined the Back You Neighbour campaign, calling on the Australian Government to continue funding the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program.

It’s time to stand up for our neighbours, friends and local communities. Say no to cruel cuts that are pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness.

What is SRSS?

The Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program provides basic support to individuals and families living in the Australian community waiting for a decision on their refugee status.

It provides help with the basics of life like housing, food, clothing, health, kinder/school costs. It also provides mental health support.

The Federal Government has a responsibility to provide support to people until they can move forward with their lives in a positive way.

Back Your Neighbour aims to:

  • Change the Federal Government’s current policy on the SRSS program
  • Increase humanitarian support from the Victorian Government
  • Support the Federal Opposition to maintain its new position supporting people seeking asylum in the community

Why is Moreland joining this campaign?

Moreland is a Refugee Welcome zone, and as part of the Moreland Human Rights Policy we are committed to welcoming and supporting refugees and those who are seeking asylum.

Changes to the SRSS program will cut the support of many people seeking asylum, which will in turn increase the demand for material aid and resources at the local community level. This will leave many of our neighbours, friends and local community members homeless and vulnerable, without the support they require.

Moreland is one of many local councils across Australia, joining forces to speak out on this issue.

We are proud to be a member of the Local Government Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum. When we back our neighbours, they give back.

Join the campaign

Sign the online petition or email your local MP.

Find out more

Visit the Back Your Neighbour website.