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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.


  • 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 2017

Main teleconference

All dates Thursday @ 3pm (AEST)

2 March: Youth perspectives on education
18 May: Skills recognition, re-training and accreditation
17 August: Internships and apprenticeships/traineeships
16 November: In-school models of support and guidance for pathways

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

All dates Thursday @ 12pm (AEST)

23 March
22 June
21 September
7 December


Please join our Google Group web forum here.

For further information, please contact:

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Education for people seeking asylum

Currently, people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas are effectively prevented from pursuing further education. We are calling on State and Federal Governments to remove these financial barriers and provide education for all.

Join our Education for All campaign here.

Recent updates

National symposium: People seeking asylum and higher education

On 15 November 2017, the National Symposium: Seeking Asylum and Higher Education was held at Melbourne University. The symposium brought together 25 people with lived experience of seeking asylum and 40 representatives from Australian universities and community organisations. They met to talk about how to work together to improve the opportunities in higher education for people seeking asylum.

Creating educational pathways for asylum seekers

Sally Morgan discusses her work at the St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre work supporting people seeking asylum in accessing further education, despite current Government policy which excludes this group of…

More updates


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.

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