What are these consultations?
Every year, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) consults with people across Australia on refugee and asylum policies. We talk to people who have been or are in need of protection, and with those who work with these communities. What we hear feeds into what we focus on, and informs all of our policy and advocacy work here and overseas.
The 2018-2019 consultations
The Refugee Council of Australia is organising a smaller round of consultations this year, in light of the extensive consultation in the past two years. We are planning to organise consultations for service providers in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in 2018, and consultations in South Australia in 2019. For refugee communities, we are planning a new format for consultations with a greater emphasis on our work on self-representation in 2019.
In 2018, the Refugee Council of Australia trialled a different format of consultation for service providers in Victoria: an all-day workshop-style consultation both to share the latest updates and also to hear about your key priorities, issues, and good practice initiatives.
Who should come?
These consultations are designed generally for people who provide services to refugees and people seeking asylum and people from a refugee community or those seeking asylum.
To make sure that everyone feels that they can speak safely, these consultations are not open to:
- Representatives of the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Social Services, or
- People who are interested observers.
For those working with or supporting refugees or peoples seeking asylum
The Adelaide Annual Consultation will be held on Monday 18 February 2019 from 10am – 1pm, UniSA City West Campus Room BH4-23.