The Refugee Council of Australia, along with key organisations and communities in the refugee sector, will support the launch of the first-ever multi-party Parliamentary Friends of Refugees Group at Parliament House...
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Refugee Council welcomes plan to end cruel temporary protection policy
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) welcomes the Albanese Government’s long-awaited announcement of its plans to end the cruel and unnecessary policy of temporary protection. “Today’s announcement from Immigration...
Refugee Council welcomes lifting of restriction on refugee family reunion
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) welcomes today’s announcement that the Albanese Government will abolish a ministerial direction which placed refugees who arrived by boat last in decisions about family reunion. ...
Human rights organisations condemn Albanese Government trying to push through a rushed Bill to force people back into detention
The Albanese Government introduced legislation that will force people recently released from immigration detention, including people seeking asylum and refugees, back into detention.
RCOA clarifies media misinterpretations of submission concerning Australia’s migration system
The Refugee Council of Australia responds to media misinterpretation of its submission on Australia's migration system.
New UN report on torture urges changes to Australian refugee policy
The Refugee Council of Australia has urged the Australian Government to act on a new United Nations Committee Against Torture report which highlights breaches of international law in Australia’s treatment of refugees.
Refugee Council welcomes steps to ease the pain of separation for refugee families
The Refugee Council of Australia welcomes changes that will make it easier for refugees on temporary visas to travel and for refugee families to reunite.
Refugee Council welcomes NSW Government $3.65 million emergency package for people seeking asylum
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has welcomed a new NSW Government emergency support package of $3.65 million as a much-needed response to ongoing destitution among people seeking asylum who live in our...
Slow visa processing: The real issue behind a flailing migration system
The Refugee Council of Australia has cast doubt on media claims of an “industrial scale visa scam”, pinpointing the deliberate slowing down of visa processing by the previous government as the key issue behind the...
BUDGET 2022: Funds for language classes and visa assessment dwarfed by extra spending on offshore processing
Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s increased Budget investment in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), faster visa processing and support for temporary entrants from Ukraine...