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.

Work & Welcome 500

In 2015 MDA, together with the Queensland Government, the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and the Queensland Council of Unions, set a 500 jobs target in response to the Australian Government’s special intake of 12,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria.

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For Business

Sponsor work placements

Think creating 500 job placements sounds impossible? MDA has already shown it can be done.  In 2014-15, MDA found 240 jobs for refugees.

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

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

Are you longing to make an even bigger impact through your work?  Mobilise your colleagues to set up a workplace giving program and host a 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.

For Individuals

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.