About the Campaign

The ASRC’s ‘Welcome Refugees into the Workforce’ Campaign aims to create a more welcoming and supportive workforce for refugees.

The ASRC campaign ‘Welcome Refugees into the Workforce’ is part of Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, which provides free tram wraps to community organisations making a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in Melbourne. The ASRC tram wrap will be rolling on the streets of Melbourne from June to September in tram routes 48 and 109.

In 2023, the ASRC invites the community to become more hospitable and conscious about the challenges refugees face when joining the workforce. ‘Welcome Refugees into the Workforce’ champions the resilience of refugees and fosters inclusion in the workforce.  

The campaign also invites people active in the workforce, like employees, employers, business owners, or anyone who has a say in hiring, to make a pledge for welcome in support of refugees. Anyone in the community who pledges their name, will also get a FREE resource filled with tips and information to implement at workplaces or just in their personal lives for a more inclusive and equal Australian workforce.

The ASRC’s campaign champions the journey of refugees who have come to Australia seeking safety, bringing a lifetime of skills, education and work experience. The campaign also sheds light on the barriers many refugees face to finding work:

  • Unfamiliar application processes,
  • employers’ inexperience handling protection visas,
  • language challenges,
  • lack of local experience or contacts,
  • employer bias
  • or simply not having their overseas qualifications or work experience recognised in this country.

Five people with lived experience of seeking asylum – Marjan, Norman, Betelhem, Linda and Doreen – are the campaign heroes sharing their personal stories in written format, and a series of photographic portraits and videos that embed their resilience in finding their place in the community through meaningful job opportunities and building their future in the industries of their choice.

Pledge you name for welcome and share the downloadable resources with your colleagues, friends or family to make our community more welcoming. 


The ASRC tram can be seen travelling on Route 109 between Box Hill and Port Melbourne and Route 48 between North Balwyn and Victoria Harbour. For more information, please contact our team at marketing@asrc.org.au

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The ASRC would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as traditional owners and custodians of the land on which the ASRC stands. We acknowledge that the land was never ceded and we pay our respect to them, their customs, their culture, to elders past and present and to their emerging leaders.

This landing page is part of the campaign ‘Welcome Refugees into the Workforce’; an awareness campaign created as part of a partnership between ASRC and Yarra Trams which provides free tram wraps to community organisations making a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in Melbourne. The ASRC’s WELCOME tram wrap will feature on a wrapped tram that will travel on tram routes 48 and 109 in Melbourne from June to September 2023.