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A non-profit, non-government organisation, RCOA is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them

Tim O'Connor in front of RCOA banner

Who we are

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has more than 200 organisational and over 1,000 individual members. Formed in November 1981, RCOA is a non-profit, non-government organisation.

Get more information about us.

See our Vision, Purpose, Aims and Goals.

Read details of our History.

What we do

Research and policy analysis

Advocacy and representation

Community education and awareness-raising

Learn more about RCOA’s work


The Executive Board of RCOA consists of elected and appointed representatives from its broad membership base. Through its Board, RCOA has the benefit of drawing on a wide range of expertise and experience.

Who are the board members

Colourful pins on a network diagram


As a small not-for-profit organisation, RCOA depends on the support of its members and donors to maintain its independent research, policy development and advocacy on refugee issues.

Learn about RCOA members

get involved

The Refugee Council of Australia is small, not-for-profit organisation and relies on public financial support
to continue its vital work in research, education and advocacy. Donations to the RCOA are tax-deductible.

To make a online donation by credit card using our secure donations system.

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