Refugee Week (14-20 June 2020) is an opportunity to celebrate the rich contribution of refugees to Australian life and learn about the challenges they face. For many refugees, a new start is made possible by the hard work of dedicated Services Australia staff who provide immediate and ongoing links to services.
As the bushfire disaster swept across Australia, Central NSW Social Work Manager Cheryl Jenkins began work on the emergency response.
Tamworth man Graham Cameron has been recognised with a national award for helping run one of the biggest homelessness events in regional Australia.
The brave acts of Australian firefighters and volunteers have inspired a new children’s book in recognition of this year’s unprecedented bushfire season. The book titled “My Dad, The Secret Superhero” is the story of a little girl who discovers her dad’s biggest secret – he fights fire monsters!
Stanthorpe man Hugh Strong decided to join the Queensland Rural Fire Service after listening to stories from survivors of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. In 2009, he was working on our bushfire information line. He helped people over the phone, but wanted to do more.
Social worker Rod Painter has heard some incredible stories of survival during his time in bushfire ravaged areas of NSW.
When a Mobile Service Centre drives into a rural or regional town, it provides a lifeline for communities that don’t have regular access to face to face government services. For Colin Hall, it marks the culmination of months of work by his team.
When new refugees and migrants arrive in Broadmeadows, Nurjan Eser is there to welcome them to their new community. Her job is to help families establish their lives in Australia at what can be a very overwhelming time.
Katherine woman Kathy Skuse has received a national award recognising 15 years of volunteer work with Emergency Services. She has worked on many high profile disasters including the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 and the Queensland floods in 2009.