The Australian Government must immediately increase aid to developing countries sheltering refugees - half of whom are children. We must also increase our humanitarian intake to give more refugees a fair go in Australia.

To help refugees, to give them hope so they can eventually return home, we need to increase Australian aid

Tim Costello

People don’t leave home lightly. Yet displacement is currently a reality for over 65 million people seeking safety – the highest number in recorded history.

Globally, one in every 113 people are forced to flee their homes because of issues such as conflict, persecution and political unrestnatural disasters and climate change. While some are displaced within their own country, others are forced to cross borders as refugees. And it’s the poorest countries that host 84 percent of refugees.




Global displaced community


percentage resettled in 2016


the global number of refugees who are children

2 million

children in 10 years have died because of armed conflict

24 people

are displaced every minute




1. Increase Australian Aid

The need to increase international aid has never been greater, but Australia’s contribution is now at a historic low.  This does not reflect the majority of Australians' values. By increasing Australian aid we can do our fair share to help developing countries to provide safe shelter for refugees. This includes emergency food rations, education, health services and access to sustainable livelihoods, while still providing for the needs of their own population.

2. Increase Australia's Humanitarian Intake

Australia can do its part, by welcoming our fair share of refugees. These are people who are escaping conflict, persecution or disaster and can't return home right now. This would still only represent a small fraction of our total migrant intake. So let's give more refugees a fair go in Australia!

Alice’s refugee journey in East Africa

Midwife and single mother Alice is among millions of refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and flee from drought, war and famine in East Africa.

Do Australians still believe in a fair go?

Tim Costello reports from Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have recently fled because of conflict in neighbouring Myanmar. Tim questions if Australia is still doing our fair share anymore. Spoiler: we’re not!

Read the transcript

Claire Rogers, CEO of World Vision Australia, on ABC News Breakfast

Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty in Lebanon

Richard Flanagan, winner of the Man Booker Prize for literature, and artist Ben Quilty, winner of the Archibald Prize, travelled to Lebanon, Serbia and Greece with World Vision. In this video, they describe what they have seen and felt.


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