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Having your say about Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is currently planning its annual national consultations on Australia’s refugee and asylum policies. These consultations are used to inform our policy work, including submissions to the Australian Government.

Consultation on 2017-2018 Refugee and Humanitarian Program

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is now calling for submissions into the 2017-2018 Refugee and Humanitarian Program by 19 May 2017. Our consultations last year will be used to publish our submission to this Discussion Paper. We will publish this soon. We encourage all interested stakeholders to put in a submission to the Department. The Department has published a discussion paper which includes the following questions:

  1. In the global context, there are large numbers of people in need of resettlement and limited places available in Australia. What should Australia’s priorities be for accepting refugees and humanitarian entrants, including those in protracted situations?
  2. What can the Australian Government do to encourage involvement from the private, educational and community sectors to assist humanitarian entrants to secure stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency?
  3. Do you have other comments on the offshore component of the 2017–18 Humanitarian Programme?

Our consultations in 2017-2018

We will update this page with information about our next annual consultations soon. This year, we are planning to extend the time during which we do these consultations and are planning consultations in key regional areas.

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