We continue to meet during the Covid19 pandemic, but are now meeting online via Zoom.

If you would like to participate in one of our meetings, we would love to hear from you.

Please send an email to Geraldine

Our next online meeting will be on Thursday 3 June at 7.30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 3466 4344
Passcode: 356941
If joining via telephone : dial 7018 2005 and quote meeting ID.


The plight of asylum seekers

For asylum seekers the situation before the Covid19 pandemic was bleak. Now it’s disastrous.

Before Covid19, many had work rights and of those, a proportion had been lucky enough to find jobs. They could put a roof over their heads and food on the table. And they paid taxes. But once the pandemic struck, those jobs disappeared in the main, and these people have been totally excluded from access to the Government’s financial safety net. They are not eligible for JobSeeker or JobKeeper, and many do not even have access to Medicare.

Throughout Australia about 90,000 people are facing DESTITUTION, and about 30,000 of those live here in Victoria.

What we do

The members of the Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association (BRASA) help to support several of the key organisations that support the asylum seekers. These include the Friends of Refugees, who help people seeking asylum and refugees.
We at BRASA gather donations of tinned and packaged food, toiletries, household cleaning materials, and we donate supermarket gift cards to the Friends of Refugees to support the people who now rely on them.

How you can help

If you have goods to donate, we can take them to the Friends of Refugees for you. Please deliver your donations to my home at 81 Raynes Park Road, Hampton. If you are self-isolating, we can arrange for them to be collected from your home. Please email Geraldine at

Other ways to help

We need people who can write letters and submissions, people who are knowledgeable about technology, social media, running events, chairing meetings, keeping accounts, giving presentations, and many other skills. Our group owes its success to the wide range of skills of its members, but we are always on the lookout for more.

I have an unjust country, that locks up refugees. They come to seek protection, we throw away the keys.