I can

fight indifference

The Federal Election is an important opportunity to meet with politicians and ask them to show compassion over cruelty. Get your parish, school, community group or workplace involved.

Take action this Federal election!


I can

get informed

Read the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2015 – 16 Social Justice Statement: “For those who’ve come across the seas: justice for refugees and asylum seekers.”

Read the Bishops Social Justice Statement


I can

join with others for change

Join our National Day of Prayer & Action in September 2016 to stand in solidarity with those people seeking safety and are being met with cruelty.

Pledge to Stand in Solidarity in September.


We can do better



Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum ought to reflect our collective values of solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and our desire to do good – not harm.

When we offer 12,000 Syrians safe haven, we do good and honour our values. When we send people seeking safety to an unsafe environment on Nauru and Manus Island, we do harm.

We can do better.

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls for the government to stop putting people in harm’s way. CAPSA calls for better treatment of people in need, and policies that reflect our common values.

Join our National Day of Prayer & Action in September 2016 to stand in solidarity with those people seeking safety and are being met with cruelty.


What I can do?

I can get informed

Confused about the facts? Find out where you can access reliable information including updates about what Catholics are doing in support people seeking asylum …

I can help

Looking for a way to help people seeking asylum in your local community? See how you can share your skills …


I can stand up for change

Want your voice to be heard? Looking for ways to speak out against the harsh treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia? Find out ways to effectively advocate …

What I am doing

Sayed is Afghani, married with 6 children. He made the journey to Australia on his own. His wife and 6 children are refugees in Pakistan. I also have 6 kids so his experience seemed both familiar and incomprehensible to me.


Sunshine, Victoria

What I am doing

I have come to see that my faith is concerned with seeking a personal relationship with Jesus and it is in sharing the struggles and hopes of my asylum seeker friends that I encounter Jesus and deepen my relationship with him

Peter Ardnt

Brisbane, Queensland

What I am doing

Hearing people’s stories of persecution and injustice has helped me to see beyond media headlines to the stories of real people


Footscray, Victoria photo credit: Fiona Basile

Latest News & Events

Meet you MP before the Federal Election!

Visiting your MP takes your advocacy to the next level! By meeting a politician you can communicate more than in a letter, but even more importantly, you can have a discussion and build a relationship. If you’re active in a local social justice group, or church you can join with others as a delegation. A local group is more likely to secure a meeting, than a single concerned citizen.

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Elections and People Seeking Asylum

Elections make a statement about society. It is in our interest that the statement be one about a national harmony that embraces difference. Sometimes, however, an election reveals the frayed threads in society. And not infrequently politicians cut the threads for electoral gain.

By Andrew Hamilton SJ

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Standing in Solidarity - A National Day of Prayer & Action

From September 4 - 10, schools and parishes across the country will take action to stand in solidarity with those who come our country seeking safety, but are met with cruelty.

Read how you and your community can get involved.

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