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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.

 

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

   
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