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Australia's focus on deterrence challenged in global forum

RCOA has challenged the Australian Government's promotion of its "regional deterrence network" as governments, NGOs and international bodies gather in Geneva for a global dialogue on protection at sea. Read more here.

Asylum laws will fast-track vulnerable people to danger

The passage of the Australian Government's asylum legislation is a shattering blow for asylum seekers who face the grave risk of being returned to danger. Read more here.

PM urged to remove all children from immigration detention

RCOA has written to the Prime Minister urging him to remove children from immigration detention facilities in Australia and Nauru. Read more here.

Housing issues for refugees and asylum seekers

RCOA has released a new report on challenges and alternatives in sustainable housing for refugees and asylum seekers. Read it here.

UN Committee takes aim at Asylum Legacy Caseload Bill

Cross-bench Senators have been urged to take note of a report from one of the UN's foremost authorities on the prevention of torture. Read more here.

End to resettlement from Indonesia adds insult to injury

Australia's refusal to resettle refugees who sought protection in Indonesia after June 2014 will cement Australia's reputation as a bad neighbour. Read more here.

Temporary Protection Visas will separate families indefinitely

RCOA has highlighted the devastating impact of the Australian Government's proposed Temporary Protection Visas in forcing the indefinite separation of families. Read more here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Submissions

This page contains submissions made by RCOA to national and international inquiries on refugee and asylum issues. The table below includes links to the submissions and to further information about each inquiry.

 

2014

   
December Submission to the Adult Migrant English Program Evaluation 2014 More info
  Submission on Review of the Humanitarian Settlement Services and Complex Case Support Programs More info
November Response to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Rights and Responsibilities 2014 Discussion Paper More info
October Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Commitee on Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload Bill) 2014 More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014 More info
  Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Australia's compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. More info
  Submission on Border Fees Review More info
September Response to Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements Exposure Draft More info
August Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014 More info
  Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 More info
  Submission to the Department of Social Services Review of Australia's Welfare System More info
July Submission to the Attorney-General's Department on Commonwealth Tribunals Reform More info
May Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Human Rights Issues Confronting Women and Girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific Region More info
April Submission to the Commonwealth Attorney-General on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 More info
March Submission to Senate Economic References Committee Inquiry into Affordable Housing More info
February Submission to the NSW Legislative Council inquiry into social, public and affordable housing More info
  Submission to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee on TAFE in Australia More info
January Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia's Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 More info
  Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs inquiry into the Migration Amendment Bill 2013 [Provisions] More info

2013

   
April Submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Examination of the Migration (Regional Processing) Package of Legislation More info
March Submission to the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on the Employment Services: Building on Success Discussion Paper More info

2012

   
December Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the Migration and Security Legislation Amendment (Review of Security Assessments) Bill 2012 More info
December Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into theMigration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 More info
December Submission on the Australian Government's proposed Integrated Service Delivery Framework More info
November Response to planning for the Australian Government 2013-14 Migration Program More info
November Response to the Australian Government Family Support Program Future Directions Discussion Paper More info
November Submission to the Attorney-General's Department on the draft 5th report by Australia on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment More info
August Submission to the NSW Department of Family and Community Services on Future Directions for Specialist Homelessness Services in NSW More info
July

Submission to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers

Submissions from other organisations and individuals to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers can be found here.

More info
  Response to the Australian Government discussion paper on the proposed pilot of a private/community refugee sponsorship program More info
May Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy More info
April Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment More info
March Response to the Australian Government discussion paper, Access and Equity: Inquiry into the Responsiveness of Australian Government Services to Australia's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Population More info
February Submission to the Attorney-General's Department Consultation on the Exposure Draft of Australia's National Human Rights Action Plan More info

2011

   
September Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into Australia's Agreement with Malaysia in relation to Asylum Seekers More info
August Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network More info
  Submission to the Attorney-General's Department consultation on the National Human Rights Action Plan More info
June Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010 More info
May Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test and Other Provisions) Bill 2011 More info
April Submission to the Joint Standing Committee’s on Migration inquiry into Multiculturalism in Australia More info
March Submission to the Attorney-General's Department on recommendations made under the Universal Periodic Review of Australia More info
  Submission on a the discussion paper, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia More info
  Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security review of Administration and Expenditure in Australian Intelligence Agencies More info

2010

   
December Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 More info
October Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill More info
July Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council towards the Universal Periodic Review of Australia More info
April Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australia's Relationship with the Countries of Africa More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010 More info
March Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into the Migration Treatment of Disability More info

2009

   
September Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2009 More info
August Response to the Australian Government discussion paper, 'Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy: Helping refugees and humanitarian entrants settle in Australia' More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009 More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Immigration Detention Reform) Bill 2009 More info
June Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation More info

2008

   
August Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into Immigration Detention in Australia More info
February Submission to the Review of the Australian Citizenship Test More info
  Submission to the Review of the Job Capacity Assessment Program More info
  Submission to the General Review of Employment Services  

2007

   
July Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill More info
February Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into the Terrorist Organisation Listing Provisions of the Criminal Code Act 1995 More info

2006

   
November Response to the Australian Government discussion paper, 'Measures to improve settlement outcomes for humanitarian entrants' More info
  Submission on the Australian Government discussion paper, 'Australian Citizenship: Much more than a ceremony'  
May Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006 More info

2003

   
October Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Agents Integrity Measures) Bill 2003 and Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Bill 2003 More info
September Submission to the Board of Taxation in the context of the consultation on the Definition of a Charity More info
August

Submission to the Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs inquiry into Child Custody Arrangements in the Event of Family Separation

More info
July Submission to the Select Committee on Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters More info
June Submission on the discussion paper, 'Building a fairer system for jobless individuals and families'  
April Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into the provisions of the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003 More info
February Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration review of Migration Regulation 4.31B ($1,000 RRT Decision Fee) More info

2002

   
October Submission to the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs in the context of the Review of Settlement Services for Migrants and Humanitarian Program Entrants More info
July Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002 More info
  Submission to the NSW Government Green Paper, 'Cultural Harmony: The Next Decade 2002-2012'  
April Submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's national inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention More info
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee inquiry into the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Procedural Fairness) Bill 2002 More info
March Submission to the Senate Select Committee inquiry into a 'Certain Maritime Incident' More info

2001

   
January Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into the Link Between Aid and Human Rights More info

1999

   
  Submission to the review of the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme for Asylum Seekers  
  Submission to the review of Material Assistance to Humanitarian Program Entrants  

1998

   
  Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the on the Migration Legislation Amendment (Judicial Review) Bill 1998 More info