Thanks for your support and solidarity!

While our work to ensure No Child is Left Behind during the COVID-19 pandemic and related recession, we want to say a huge thank-you to all those who have helped us with the campaign so far. We managed to put significant pressure on the Federal government to provide support for people seeking asylum at this time. While we have yet to achieve our goal, our advocacy efforts are now focused on direct lobbying of key decision-makers, and we hope to achieve an outcome in early 2021.

Thank-you to all those schools who participated in our National Week of Solidarity, all the teachers, students and parents who signed our joint statement, and all those concerned members of the public who signed the petition.

We have delivered both the statement and petition to Minister for Families & Social Services Anne Ruston in early December.

Thanks for all your work!

There are currently around 16,000 children in families seeking protection in Australia. Many people seeking asylum have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, as they often work in the service sectors worst affected. People seeking asylum are not eligible for the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payments, like many other workers. They have been left with nothing. It will be hard for them to re-enter the workforce, especially in the current economy. 

There are serious concerns that many families seeking asylum have been left in a situation where they have no work, no income, and no way out. Demand on emergency relief at asylum agencies has in most cases trebled, with unprecedented demand for food, medicines and rent relief.

A coalition of educators, carers and students are working to put pressure on the Federal government to ensure adequate support is provided for people in this situation. COVID-19 does not discriminate, and neither should access to a safety net or assistance during this time. We are in this together and there must be support for all who need it, regardless of visa status. 

You can see retired principal Dorothy Hoddinott AO speak to The Today Show about the campaign here.

Join the campaign today and help us ensure that children and families seeking asylum get the support they need during this global pandemic.