The Empowered to Work program provides pre-employment support and assistance to refugees and people seeking asylum. 

Volunteers work one-to-one with participants or deliver workshops to overcome challenges such as limited English language skills, applying for work in Australia and accessing education and training opportunities. 

Empowered to Work was developed in response to policy changes that granted work rights to people who were previously ineligible to work. 

Empowered to Work assists with:

  • resume and cover-letter writing
  • interview skills
  • online job-search
  • access to work experience opportunities
  • referrals to other training, support and job placement opportunities


Empowered to Work builds capacity, skills and confidence to enable participants to access employment and training opportunities. 

House of Welcome has strong working relationships with other organisations to link participants into paid work placements. This supported access to work experience directly assists with overcoming barriers to employment such as, the lack of experience in the Australian context. Participants receive local employer references and familiarity with broader employment requirements such as taxation and superannuation.

Empowered to Work is held every Wednesday at the House of Welcome, 197 The Trongate, Granville 2142, from 10.30am – 1.30pm 

For more information & referrals please contact: [email protected]