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Australia must stop returns following torture of asylum seeker

RCOA president Phil Glendenning has again pleaded with the Department of Immigration to halt forcible returns of asylum seekers to Afghanistan. Read more here.

Australia condemned as nations focus on global refugee crisis

NGOs working with displaced people around the world have singled out Australia for strong criticism as senior officials of governments and the UNHCR met to discuss responses to the largest displacement crisis in more than 65 years. Read more here.

Governments challenged to end neglect of African crises

Delegates from 94 nations including Australia have been challenged to end the global neglect of Africa's 15 million displaced people. Read more here.

Internal investigation inadequate response to sexual assault allegation

The Australian Government's response to serious allegations of sexual assault in immigration detention must be reviewed by an independent body. Read more here.

Australia urged to take more constructive response to global refugee crises

The crises in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan and efforts to eliminate statelessness will dominate discussions at a key UNHCR meeting. Read more here.

New legislation strips away checks on Ministerial powers

The Federal Government's new legislation to change asylum and maritime powers laws is a comprehensive assault on Australia's obligations to protect victims of persecution. Read more here.

Punishment not protection for refugees sent to Cambodia

The agreement to be signed this week between Australia and Cambodia to resettle refugees from Nauru will leave refugees at further risk. Read more here.

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.

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.

Federal Budget summary 2014-15

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

 

Engaging with our members

RCOA consults regularly with our members, gathering feedback and ideas to inform our research and advocacy work.

 

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