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Education for people seeking asylum

Help people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas get the chance to access further education.

Who are we

This Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of people from the community, higher education, vocational education and school sectors who have an interest in supporting educational opportunities for students from refugee backgrounds.

To see a list of the current members click here.


  • Create greater collaboration and networks between institutions, practitioners and providers to achieve better outcomes for students from refugee backgrounds
  • Share ‘best practice’ initiatives, research, interventions, programs and support mechanisms across Australia
  • Share information about pathways into higher education available to students from refugee backgrounds and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students
  • Advocate with and on behalf of students from refugee backgrounds on issues that affect their ability to access, engage in and transition out of higher education

SIG activities

  • Host quarterly teleconference meetings with representatives of the different stakeholder groups (universities, community organisations, students, schools, and Vocational Education and Training providers) across Australia (state/territory, metropolitan, regional/rural)
  • Hold an annual face-to-face meeting (symposium or conference) to create new and strengthen or consolidate existing partnerships
  • Hold symposia in different states and territories to share good practice, research findings and advocacy

Upcoming teleconferences

Main teleconference

Mar 1 – 3:30 pm AEDT
HEPPP and sustainability of refugee supports and other equity initiatives in higher education
June 7 – 3:30 pm AEST
Educational opportunities in regional areas
Sep 6 – 3:30 pm AEST
Dec 6 – 3:30 pm AEDT

The work of the ‘Education Pathways for temporary visa holders’ sub-group

Feb 8 – 12:00 pm AEDT
May 10 – 12:00 pm AEST
Aug 9 – 12:00 pm AEST
Nov 8- 12:00 pm AEDT

This is a list of academic and other resources on supporting people from refugee backgrounds in further education. It is compiled on the free reference management software Zotero.