With the Federal election now announced for 21 May 2022, we’ve put together some resources – including refugee policy priorities which need to be addressed by the government, and a summary of the refugee policy platforms of the major parties. We’ve also put together a Q&A document to help your conversations with politicians, friends and family on issues affecting refugees and people seeking asylum.
Three refugee issues requiring urgent change in 2022
After conversations with politicians, and refugee-led and supporting organisations, we have outlined three priorities which need urgent attention this year.
Included are lasting solutions for those stuck in offshore processing systems, ending temporary protection and reinstating visas lost from our Refugee and Humanitarian Program.
Policy priorities for the next term of government to 2025
Since 2017, we have been working with a wide range of participants from across the Australian refugee sector to articulate a common platform to reform refugee policy in Australia.
For the 2022 election, we have revised and updated this common Platform for Change, outlining a vision for refugee policy reform for the next term of government, from 2022 to 2025.
Refugee policies of the major parties
This briefing provides an overview of the public positions on refugee issues of the Liberal-National Coalition, the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens – the three parties with the largest representation in the Australian Parliament. We also provide links to the policy platforms of independents and minor parties when they have published positions on refugee policies on their website.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) does not endorse any of these parties but provides this information to enable voters to evaluate each party’s position.