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Restricting legal assistance to asylum seekers increases dangers

The Australian Government's new restrictions on access to funded legal assistance for asylum seekers will increase the risk of people being returned to danger. Read more here.

Submissions sought for 2014 UNHCR-NGO consultations

Feedback from individuals and refugee community groups is being sought on current issues of concern for people living in refugee situations overseas to help inform advocacy at the annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs at Geneva in June. Find out more here.

John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant

Nominations are open for the annual John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant which supports advocates from refugee backgrounds to take part in the UNHCR-NGO consultations at Geneva in June. Find out more here.

Stopping the boats: Australia's appalling example to the world

In a speech at a Yale Law School conference, RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power spoke about recent developments in refugee policies in Australia. Read the speech here.

No fairness and integrity in permanent Protection Visa freeze

The Australian Government's decision to suspend the granting of new permanent Protection Visas will add to the anguish of asylum seekers living in the community. Read more here.

Australia's asylum policy must change to avoid long-term damage

The Australian Government must change course on refugee policy to avoid long-term damage to the lives of asylum seekers. Read more here.

Denial of work rights for asylum seekers must be overturned

The denial of work rights to about 27,000 asylum seekers living in the community on bridging visas is creating fear and uncertainty and must be overturned. Read more here.

Manus Island disturbance a tragedy waiting to happen

The death of an asylum seeker and the injuries suffered by more than 70 others at Manus Island is an appalling tragedy and a failure of Australian Government policy. Read more here.

Refugee intake increase vital to meet urgent protection needs

RCOA has urged Australia to increase the number of refugees accepted under the offshore program to help bridge the widening gulf between global resettlement needs and available places. Read more here.

Use of Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas as an alternative to Temporary Protection Visas

The Australian Government has released details about its new alternative to Temporary Protection Visas. Read more here.

Inquiry into immigration detention of children welcomed

RCOA has welcomed an Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into the immigration detention of children. Read more here.

Enough is Enough: It's time for a new approach

On the first anniversary of the report on the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, 64 Australian NGOs have called for a new approach to refugee and asylum policy that delivers protection to refugees. Read more here.

 

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

 

Become a member

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

To become a member of RCOA, download and fill in the relevant application form and send it along with payment to the RCOA secretariat:

The individual application form can be downloaded here. The organisational application form can be downloaded here. You can also apply for membership online.

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

Individual members

Individual members are Australians who want to be informed about refugee and asylum seeker issues and support the work of RCOA.

The annual fee for 2014/15 financial year is $60.00 (inc GST) for individual membership, or $30.00 (inc GST) for the non-waged.

As an individual member, you will be entitled to:

  • receive regular briefings and updates about evolving refugee issues, including monthly email bulletins and media releases;
  • vote in elections and for thematic resolutions;
  • elect members to the RCOA Board, to nominate for Board membership and to propose AGM resolutions;
  • have access to hard copies of our reports and submissions, free of charge;
  • participate in any of RCOA’s policy networks, which meet by teleconference. RCOA currently convenes networks on Asylum Policy, Settlement Policy and International Policy; and
  • play an important role informing RCOA about refugee issues.

Organisational members

The organisational members of RCOA are involved in many areas of refugee support, including:

  • assisting refugees in countries of first asylum and when they repatriate to their homelands.
  • providing settlement support to refugees in Australia.
  • providing protection and legal advice to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • advocating on behalf of a particular refugee community.

The annual fee for organisational membership varies according to the organisation’s annual income/expenditure. The rates (inc GST) for 2014/15 financial year are as follows:

Income/expenditure per annum Membership fee
Less than $100,000 $66.00
$100,000 to $500,000 $132.00
$500,000 to $1 million $198.00
$1 million to $5 million $330.00
$5 million to $10 million $528.00
Over $10 million $990.00

As a member of RCOA, your organisation will be entitled to:

  • receive regular briefings and updates about evolving refugee issues, including monthly email bulletins and media releases;
  • vote in elections and for thematic resolutions;
  • elect members to the RCOA Board, to nominate for Board membership and to propose AGM resolutions;
  • have access hard copies of our reports and submissions, free of charge;
  • participate in any of RCOA’s policy networks, which meet by teleconference. RCOA currently convenes networks on Asylum Policy, Settlement Policy and International Policy;
  • advertise job vacancies and volunteering opportunities free of charge on our website;
  • promote public events on our website and in our monthly bulletin, free of charge;
  • have access to discounted job listings on Jobseeker, an online job site run by Infoxchange specialising in community and social sector jobs; and the Community Sector Industrial Relations Service (CSIR), a non-profit peak body which provides industrial relations advice for the community sector; and
  • play an important role informing RCOA about refugee issues.

 

Last updated March 2014