Support available for Afghan and Hazara Community

MRC Tas staff are deeply concerned about the impact of events overseas and the effect on clients and communities in Tasmania, and their concern for family members. We have taken a number of actions in response to the crisis in Afghanistan to ensure our clients and communities are as well supported as possible:

  • MRC Tas has signed the RCOA statement
  • MRC Tas has written to the State Government urging for them to support and engage with communities, and promote to the Commonwealth the need for humanitarian resettlement.
  • MRC Tas is working closely with State Government and AMES Australia to prepare for any arrivals through the Humanitarian Settlement Program.
  • MRC Tas held a migration information session for the Afghan and Hazara community in collaboration with the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service. Watch the recording here.
  • We have been conducting welfare checks with clients and making referrals for migration support and mental health support.
  • The Phoenix Centre has put a rapid response roster in place to provide timely support to those in need.
  • Phoenix Centre and Multicultural Youth staff are providing direct support and resources for schools.
  • We will be offering Migration Form Support shortly. Please keep an eye on the News section of our website for updates.

If you or someone you know requires support, please contact us on (03) 6221 0999. For migration related matters, please contact the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service on (03) 6169 9473.

Mental Health support available through the Phoenix Centre

The rapidly escalating situation in Afghanistan, conflict and food insecurity in Northern Ethiopia, and concerns about the impact of COVID-19, can leave us feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Mental health support is available for culturally and linguistically diverse community members through our Phoenix Centre.

Anyone who would benefit from Phoenix Centre support are encouraged to refer themselves or family members to the Phoenix Centre.

Anyone can make a referral to the Phoenix Centre, including service providers, medical professionals, a family member or friend of the person or the person themselves.

To make a referral please call (03) 6234 9138 and ask for the Phoenix Centre. Alternatively, you can complete our referral form and email it to us.

For more information please visit

Posted: 30/08/2021

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