Australia hosts almost 60,000 refugees and 80,000 asylum seekers. Most are from the Middle East or Asia. It’s estimated that 8,000 people are stateless.
UNHCR’s Office in Canberra promotes refugee rights in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
UNHCR supports Australia in developing national refugee legislation, increasing refugee status determination capacity, and introducing protection safeguards in immigration procedures. UNHCR also works with Australia on resettlement and building complementary pathways.
For over a decade, Australia has had offshore transfer arrangements with PNG and Nauru for those who seek asylum by boat. UNCHR advocates in relation to the legal and protection concerns of these arrangements and in seeking solutions for those remaining.
For information about our work in Australia:
- Visit the regional website: UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra (English)
- Donate to Australia for UNHCR
- Learn about UNHCR's work in the region
- Read the latest regional press releases, news and stories
- Read the latest regional publications
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Australia? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.
Visit the UNHCR Australia website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.
For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
Office contact details
UNHCR Representation in Canberra
Office contact details
Street and postal address
14 Kendall Lane, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia
Please note that an appointment must be set to visit the office.
- Monday: 8:45 - 17:00
- Tuesday: 8:45 - 17:00
- Wednesday: 8:45 - 17:00
- Thursday: 8:45 - 17:00
- Friday: 8:45 - 17:00
- 2 January 2023, New Year's Day (observed)
- 26 January 2023, Australia Day
- 7 April 2023, Good Friday
- 10 April 2023, Easter Monday
- 21 April 2023, Eid Al-Fitr
- 25 April 2023, Anzac Day
- 29 June 2023, Eid Al-Adha
- 2 October 2023, Labour Day
- 25 December 2023, Christmas Day
- 26 December 2023, Boxing Day