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Australia ignores UN call for action on statelessness

As the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention, stateless people in Australia have little to celebrate. Read more here.

Refugee Welcome Zone initiative reaches its century

RCOA's Refugee Welcome Zone initiative has reached a milestone with more than 100 councils signing on. Read more here.

National Party's call for more refugee places a positive step

RCOA has backed calls by the Government's Coalition partner the National Party for an expanded Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Read more here.

Australian Parliament must reject cruel Temporary Protection Visas

RCOA has written to Federal cross-bench parliamentarians, urging them to reject the Abbott Government's renewed push to force refugees on to Temporary Protection Visas. Read more here.

Australia must step up to support Syrian refugees

News that the number of Syrian refugees has passed three million confirms that Australia's decision to cut its refugee program could not have come at a worse time, says RCOA. Read more here.

Grave fears for asylum seeker forcibly returned to Afghanistan

News that the Australian Government has forcibly repatriated an Afghan asylum seeker has been met with alarm by RCOA. Read more here.

No excuse for ongoing detention of children

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has failed to offer an adequate justification for the ongoing detention of children on Christmas Island and Nauru, says RCOA. Read more here.

Efforts to return Syrian refugees unconscionable

RCOA is alarmed by media reports that Syrian asylum seekers detained on Manus Island are being pressured by Australian Government officials to return home. Read more here.

Time to end detention of children once and for all

RCOA welcomed the announcement that children would be moved out of closed detention on the mainland but expressed concern about children remaining in detention on Christmas Island and Nauru. Read more here.

Government must stop deception and do more to protect Iraqis

The Australian Government must stop trying to deceive Australians about its recent cuts to the Refugee and Humanitarian Program and start acting to increase protection options for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Read more here.

Welfare system review needs greater focus on humanitarian entrants

The Federal Government review of Australia's welfare system must pay more attention to addressing barriers faced by refugees and humanitarian entrants. Read more here.

Government removes Refugee Council's core funding

The Australian Government has completely cut core funding to RCOA despite allocating $140,000 just two weeks ago in its 2014-15 Budget. Read more here.

UN High Commissioner criticises Australia's 'strange' obsession with boats

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has described as "very strange" Australia's obsession with deterring asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Read more here.

Cambodian NGOs unite in opposition to Australia's refugee deal

RCOA has welcomed a joint statement issued by a coalition of 21 Cambodian NGOs who oppose the planned refugee resettlement deal between Cambodia and Australia. Read more here.

Federal Budget summary 2014-15

RCOA has released a summary of refugee-related spending in the 2014-15 Federal Budget. Read more here.


Post-compulsory education and training pathways for refugee young people

This report brings together evidence of good practice in the provision of education and training that meet the needs of refugee young people.


Donate to support our work

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

Alternatively, you can make a donation by credit card, cheque, money order or direct deposit by downloading this donation form and sending it along with payment to the RCOA secretariat:

Your donation will be confirmed and a receipt mailed to you after the form and payment have been received.

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.

Donating goods

RCOA unfortunately cannot accept donations of goods such as furniture, clothing, food or toys. However, several of our member organisations and other agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers do accept donations of this kind:

Asylum Seekers Centre, NSW

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Victoria

Brotherhood of St Laurence, Victoria

Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, Victoria

House of Welcome, NSW

Refugee Claimants Support Service, Queensland

Salvation Army, nationwide

The Smith Family, nationwide

St Vincent de Paul, nationwide


Last updated December 2013