Every person – no matter where they were born – understands the value of having a job. A job means you can put food on the table, keep a roof over your head, contribute to your community and secure a more prosperous life for you and your family.

Work & Welcome draws on the generosity of companies, their employees, community groups and individuals to pool together money to fund 12 week job placements for new Queenslanders.

Work & Welcome job placements give people a foot in the door and our experience so far shows that with support and training most go on to find permanent work.

Employers also benefit with access to the unique skills and experience new Queenslanders have to offer. Work & Welcome participants have shown remarkable resilience, strength and ingenuity just to arrive in Australia. Their commitment and work ethic would be a great asset to any organisation.

We all know that helping people find work is not only good for the individuals and their families, but for the entire community. The more people in work – the better we all do.

But MDA can’t do this alone, we need you to help us reach our 500 goal and make a huge difference to the lives of new Queenslanders.  Creating welcoming workplaces is the most important way you can help these families build a more prosperous life in our community.

Sponsor work placements

Think creating 500 job placements sounds impossible? Well, the MDA has already shown it can be done. We have a strong track record of finding employment for refugees. In 2014-15, MDA found 240 jobs for refugees, so we have the skills and knowledge to expand Work & Welcome quickly.

Work & Welcome offers multiple sponsorship opportunities, so there is bound to be an option that suits you and your organisation. All donations are tax deductable.

To find out more, contact us and we’ll get in touch to find out what works best for your business.

Host a work placement

We are looking for workplaces of all types, sizes and industries to create opportunities for newly arrived refugees by offering a work placement.
From small to large businesses, government departments, not-for-profit and community organisations – there is a Work & Welcome participant that is a perfect fit for your workplace.

MDA will provide support and training to employers and participants before, during and after the placement and we will work with you to make sure everyone gets the most out of the Work & Welcome experience.

Donate to the Welcome Fund

Work & Welcome relies on the generosity of everyone in our community to create job opportunities for new Queenslanders.

Every dollar you contribute makes a difference. Individuals can make one-off or regular donations to the Work and Welcome donations

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