Reference Letters

Community Support :)




I have tried to give as much diversity as I could to give guidance to different profiles of people within the community depending on the type of relationship they have with the applicant for ministerial intervention. Pick what resonates, and make your written recipe with what aligns with you. You might fit in several guide categories as well, be creative.

Is there any perfectionist in the room? :) - I'm asking because I would easily spend weeks writing the most helpful reference letter for someone. My advice: don't overthink darling! Sit with good intentions at heart and start with the first thing that comes to mind. The rest will flow and your writing will enrich.

You are not tested for a start! It is going to be helpful to show to the Minister the applicant is supported in his/her/them request. And if you need help or inspiration to write, contrary to the school system, I can help you out and we can brainstorm together what would be helpful if you can't find anything in the guide.

PICK ONLY                          WHAT RESONATES

CONNECT                          WITH YOUR HEART

BREATH                                    IT'S NOT AN EXAM

For employers or colleagues writing reference letters to support an applicant's case for compelling and compassionate ministerial intervention, the following guidelines can be helpful:


State your relationship to the applicant.

Mention the duration and capacity in which you have known the applicant.

Applicant’s Personal Qualities:

Describe the applicant's character and personal qualities.

Provide specific examples of the applicant's integrity, reliability, and contributions to the community or workplace.

Applicant’s Circumstances:

Acknowledge the applicant's current situation, including any known hardships or challenges faced (such as domestic violence).

Discuss the applicant's resilience and any steps they have taken towards recovery or stability.

Community Integration:

Highlight the applicant's involvement and integration into the local community.

Mention any volunteer work, cultural engagement, or social contributions they have made.

Impact of the Applicant’s Presence:

Explain the positive impact the applicant has on the community or workplace.

Mention any initiatives, projects, or roles the applicant has undertaken successfully.

Consequences of Departure:

Discuss the potential negative impact on the community or workplace should the applicant be forced to leave.

If applicable, mention any hardship the applicant may face if they return to their home country.

Closing Statement:

Reiterate your support for the applicant’s request for ministerial intervention.

Summarize why the applicant deserves consideration under compassionate and compelling grounds.

Contact Information:

Provide your full name, position, contact details, and signature.



Each point in the letter should aim to paint a comprehensive and multi-dimensional picture of the applicant, emphasizing their value both as a professional and as a member of the community.

Here's an example of a reference letter that could serve as an inspiration from a colleague's point of view : 

Subject: Letter of Support for Ministerial Intervention on behalf of [Applicant's Name]

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to wholeheartedly support the application for ministerial intervention on behalf of [Applicant’s Name], a valued colleague and esteemed member of our community. My name is [Your Name], and I have had the pleasure of knowing [Applicant’s Name] for [Number of Years] years in my capacity as [Your Position] at [Your Company/Organization].

Work Ethic:

[Applicant’s Name] has been an exemplary figure in our workplace. Their dedication, skill, and work ethic are evident in every task they undertake. One notable instance that showcases their capability was [Describe a Specific Situation]. Their ability to handle such situations with grace and efficiency speaks volumes about their professionalism.

Resilience and Strength:

Despite facing personal challenges, including overcoming domestic violence, [Applicant’s Name] has shown remarkable resilience. While they have kept their struggles private, their strength is apparent in their unwavering commitment to their work and personal endeavors, including successfully launching their own massage studio. This venture not only highlights their entrepreneurial spirit but also their determination to create a positive turn in their life.

Community Involvement and Integration:

[Applicant’s Name] is deeply integrated into our local community. Their involvement extends beyond the workplace, as seen in their active participation in community events and volunteer initiatives. Their massage studio has also become a valued local business, contributing to the wellbeing of our community members.

Impact of Presence and Potential Loss:

The presence of [Applicant’s Name] in our community and workplace has been immensely positive. Their departure would not only be a loss to our team but would also deprive our community of a dedicated and compassionate individual. It is without a doubt that their continued presence in Australia holds significant value.


In view of the above, I strongly advocate for the consideration of [Applicant’s Name]’s case under compassionate and compelling grounds. Their journey, character, and contributions make them an asset to our community and nation.

Should you require any further information or wish to discuss [Applicant’s Name]’s situation in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.




[Your Name] [Your Position] [Your Company/Organization][Your Contact Information]


This letter serves as a template and should be personalized to reflect genuine experiences and observations. It's important to emphasize specific examples that showcase the applicant’s compassionate character.

Instances where they have demonstrated empathy, kindness, and a willingness to support others, whether in professional or personal settings, are particularly impactful. The more specific the examples and the more sincere the tone, especially in highlighting these compassionate qualities, the more compelling the letter will be. The inclusion of such details will not only illustrate the applicant’s character but also reinforce the necessity of considering their case on compassionate grounds.

[Your Signature] [Your Name] [Your Position] [Your Contact Information]




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