Refugee Talent & Humanitarian Award 2017

Refugee Talent received the ‘‘2017 Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business“, presented jointly by NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) & Refugee Council of Australia at the NSW launch of Refugee Week 2017 on 16 June 2017.  Refugee Week (June 18, 2017 – June 24, 2017) is run every year to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

Every year STARTTS holds the Humanitarian Awards to acknowledge and thank those people who have made an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW. Individuals and organisations in various fields that are doing outstanding work to support refugees are eligible for the Awards. Over the years, the Humanitarian Awards have honoured community leaders, youth workers, lawyers, journalists, teachers and many more – each of them making an incredible contribution to improving the lives of refugees.

2017 Humanitarian Awards Winners by Category

  • Best Project – African Women’s Group
  • Business – Refugee Talent
  • Government/Legal – RACS
  • Media – Behrouz Boochani
  • Refugee Community Worker (A former refugee working on refugee issues with their own or other refugee communities, in either a paid or unpaid position) – Sujan Selven
  • Refugee Supporter (A member of the broader Australian community, of any background, supporting and assisting refugees in any capacity, in either a paid or unpaid position) – Isobel Blomfield
  • Rural and Regional (Organisations or individuals working in regional areas of NSW to assist refugees) – Kerrie O’Connell
  • Schools (Schools, universities and other educational institutions, or individuals working at such institutions, who assist former refugees by breaking down barriers to education) – Janene Annables
  • Sports – Said Agha Jafari (Sadat Welfare & Sports Association)
  • Youth ( A young person aged 12-25 of refugee background making an outstanding contribution to Australian society in their chosen field) – Jordan Ablett

CONGRATULATIONS to the other Category winners!!

Refugee Talent Speed Dating Events

Speed dating events for Refugees and Migrants are organised by Refugee Talent. It’s a great way for companies to come along and meet a range of talent from the refugee & migrant community in Australia, hailing from a range of industries and backgrounds.

In @CBR_IN at out first Canberra speed dating event for @MigrantTalent & Refugee Talent!

Candidates get the opportunity to meet a diverse network of potential employers ready to harness talent for their business. This year the Refugee Talent team has held speed dating events across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra.

Now, what happens at the speed dating events?

Speed dating events are prearranged with an intention to discover highly skilled talent, where job seekers get to share global experience and employers identify the best match for their team. All that is required for companies to attend is to send someone from your management or HR team along to meet a range of talent with the required skillsets you are looking for. Mimicking speed dating, at an event is a group of approximately 40 candidates and 20 employers with 10 rounds of 5minutes each.

Melbourne Speed Dating Event for 2017 in collab with @Outcome_Life at their new co working space Outcome Hub in March

Each candidate is given five minute blocks of time to woo and hopefully impress potential employers from a range of companies including Government departments, Corporates and Startups. This is a free event but places are limited, registrations required prior to the event.

Organiser Nirary Dacho, himself a Syrian refugee, says they have been a great success, with lots of matches from all events. This initiative is an excellent way to connect employers with potential candidates and reach out to incredible talent, that is untapped talent in Australia.



Speed dating Event for 2017 @Deloitte Parramatta this February our great MC @ChiefDisrupter.


One such candidate is Rawad Kaiber from Syria “I have a degree from Damascus University in Economics. I’m trying to do my best to get work in my section” .

Keep an eye out on the events page for the latest speed dating events across the country.

Refugee Talent Joins Techfugee Hackathon Adelaide – May 2017

The Techfugees Adelaide hackathon 2017 was the first of its kind in Adelaide that took place in Torrens University Australia last May. The event, organised by Techfugees Australia, brought in refugees, NGOs and technical experts into the same room, with the aim of developing new websites and apps to to solve specific problems.

Refugee Talent actively participated in the event and shared some of their journey since they started from the first Sydney hackathon in 2015.

Nirary Dacho – Co-Founder & CEO of Refugee Talent was amongst the judging panels.

Techfugees is a UK founded initiative harnessing the international tech community’s skills to assist with the global refugee crisis, the Australian offshoot was set up in 2015 with the aim of helping refugees settle into the Australian community.

Having had four hackathons, the Adelaide meetup was an opportunity for the organisers to showcase their work that addressed problems facing immigrant communities in accessing services and capital.

The participants did a great job, investing their time and talent to making a better future for refugees in Australia. It was very exciting to see how all the organising committee, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, mentors, judges and observers supported Techfugees. All of the Techfugees projects showed the diverse range of needs and talents of refugees and new immigrants.

Some of the great ideas to come out of the weekend include:
Pathways – a platform providing relevant information for recognising qualifications and education pathways for refugees.

Sponsors and Supporters of #TechfugeesADL hackathon

Law Lift – an app helping refugees fill out legal forms
Refugees Welcome – matching refugees looking for accommodation with hosts
Errand Assist – connecting refugees in need with people who can help
Cultura – connecting refugees and communities to eat together
Centrefuge – Digital Assistant for refugees

Techfugees – the startup community brought people together to develop creative tech solutions to help refugees settle and build productive lives in their new home and opening up inspiring opportunity. With technology changing the workforce, harnessing

The exhausted but ecstatic participants of the Inaugural Techfugees Adelaide Hackathon!!

the talents and work ethic of displaced people could well be one of the strengths for this century as well. Techfugees is a small taste of what could be done.

Whereas, Refugee Talent is a digital platform connecting skilled refugees with companies offering short- and long-term job opportunities. They want to see innovation and smarts applied not just to open up economic opportunity, but also to improve the quality of life in communities across the country. Refugee Talent is proud to be partnering with many companies from large corporate, to government departments and even start-ups, bringing in diverse skills to Australia’s workforce.