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Refugee Council of Australia
Protesters outside Parliament House

Our campaigns

The Refugee Council of Australia aims to leverage off work to date to ensure Australia’s policies toward refugees and people seeking asylum offer the protection they have the right to. We want to ensure that Australia’s policies at all times reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need, while advancing Australia’s international standing and national interests.

All our advocacy and campaigns work stems from our vision for what refugee and asylum policy can look like. This is laid out in our 'Platform for Change' which was developed over a number of years in consultation with a wide range of organisations, activists and refugee community members.

Our vision

Current campaigns

Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

We know that Australians have big hearts, and welcome people from all over the globe. We’re simply asking for a system that allows that generosity to flourish, and welcomes refugees into our communities.

Group of young refugees smiling

2020: Year Of Welcome

12 months. 12 ways to build a welcoming Australia. The Refugee Council of Australia is declaring 2020, the #YearOfWelcome. You can add your name to the cause and we will send you one action each month to help foster a...

Past campaigns

Choose Humane

Choose Humane

Choose Humane was our 2019 Federal election campaign to put refugee rights on the agenda. We are sending a message to the re-elected Morrison government that we want policies for people seeking asylum that are humane...

Man looking out to sea

Roof Over My Head

The Australian government has been forcing people seeking asylum into destitution. Future changes are likely to make thousands of highly vulnerable people in our communities homeless and desperate. Community groups and...

Family Reunion

Family Reunion

Family Reunion Far too often, people from a refugee background who have participated in RCOA’s consultations have reported that the physical security offered by Australia is offset by the ongoing mental anguish of...