Support for refugees and humanitarian entrants
Payments & services
Explore payments based on your situation.
If you are a refugee or humanitarian entrant you may be entitled to payments and services that will help you settle into life in Australia. You may be entitled to payments and services if you have arrived in Australia with a Refugee or Humanitarian Visa, or were granted a Permanent Protection Visa in Australia.
Help in your language
We can help you if you speak a language other than English.
- We have a range of translated publications available on the Information in your language page.
- We provide free interpreters and a free translation service to help you conduct your business with us.
- You can call our multilingual phone service to speak to someone in your language about Centrelink payments and services.
Services to support refugees and humanitarian entrants
We provide a range of services to support refugees and humanitarian entrants who are new to Australia and in need of support.
The Crisis Payment is a one-off payment to helps those who have experienced difficult or extreme circumstances.
We also provide free interpreters to help you with information about our payments and services. Interpreters can be requested anytime you call, book an appointment or visit us.
Our Multicultural Service Officers work with community groups and other agencies to help refugees and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds link up with Australian Government services.
You can also call our multilingual phone service and speak to someone in your language about Centrelink payments and services.
For help with Medicare or Child Support services call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National.
Other government and community support services
There are a range of government and community organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your situation.
Australia.gov.au connects you to information and services across Australia.
The Australian Red Cross provides advocacy, relief and support services for vulnerable people in need.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides access to a range of information about Australian visas and Australian citizenship including links to useful resources and support services.