skip to main page content.
A Just Australia
Australian Refugee Foundation
Refugee Week

Latest News

Independent guardian needed to protect interests of child asylum seekers

RCOA has welcomed the release of a new report that recommends the replacement of the Immigration Minister as the guardian of unaccompanied asylum seeker children. Read more here.

Allowing Indian consular access to asylum seekers ignores protection claims

Australia's decision to grant Indian consular officials access to 157 asylum seekers without testing their claims for refugee protection creates a troubling precedent. 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.

Child asylum seekers locked up at higher rate than adults

Child asylum seekers are more likely than their adult counterparts to be held in Australia in a locked detention facility than in community alternatives. Read more here.

Australia's answers on return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka unsatisfactory

RCOA has demanded Australia explain what has happened to 41 asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka and what guarantees were given about their safety. Read more here.

RCOA backs call for independent observer for screening process

RCOA has endorsed a call for an independent observer to be present during the interviews of asylum seekers under enhanced screening. Read more here.

Lives on the line under proposed changes to Migration Act

RCOA has expressed alarm at proposed changes to the Migration Act 1958 which will significantly increase the risk of people being returned to danger. Read our media release.

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.

Running an asylum policy on cruelty leads to deadly consequences

RCOA President Phil Glendenning fears a repeat of the tragic self-immolation of a Tamil asylum seeker in Melbourne unless Australia abandoned its cruel and punitive policy approach. Read more here.

Refugee review changes a matter of life and death for asylum seekers

Proposed legislation aimed at fast-tracking refugee claims will take legal resources away from asylum seekers and hand them to the Australian Government, increasing the risk of vulnerable people being sent back to danger. Read more here.

Critical questions about Manus Island violence remain unanswered

The Australian Government's explanation for February's violence on Manus Island is inadequate and leaves critical questions unanswered. 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.

Detention centre closures must be accompanied by community alternatives

RCOA has welcomed plans to close six immigration detention centres but called for greater use of community arrangements for more than 3000 asylum seekers in detention. Read more here.

Former refugees fear racism, abuse if Racial Discrimination Act is weakened

Australians of refugee background have told RCOA of their fears of an increase in racism and abuse as a result of the political debate on plans to weaken provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act. 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.

 

Promoting the participation of refugees in sporting activities

This report investigates the role of sport in assisting refugee settlement.

 

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