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Refugee Council of Australia
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Need a comment or information on a story about refugees? Call us on 0488 035 535, or email us at media@refugeecouncil.org.au

Media centre

The Refugee Council of Australia often speaks to the media. We can provide background and comment on issues of the day. We have a number of staff who are experts on almost all areas of refugee policy.

We also regularly issue media releases.

Our latest media releases

Who you can talk to

Our experts

Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer

Topics: Breaking news, major international stories, refugee communities, the national picture, the refugee sector, and more.

Kelly Nicholls, Director of Communications

Topics: Our major campaigns, breaking news, offshore processing.

Our policy experts

Dr Joyce Chia, Director of Policy
Topics: Australia's refugee and asylum policies, refugee status determination, legal news.
Rebecca Eckard, Deputy Director of Policy
Topics: People seeking asylum in Australia, Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), Australia's refugee and asylum policies.
Dr Louise Olliff, Senior Adviser, International and Community Engagement
Topics: International issues, UN advocacy, refugee communities and self-representation, diasporas.
Sahar Okhovat, Senior Policy Officer
Topics: Offshore processing, detention in Australia, rural and regional settlement
Asher Hirsch, Senior Policy Officer
Topics: Education, citizenship, community sponsorship
Shukufa Tahiri, Policy Officer
Topics: Employment, refugee communities, self-representation, young people

Hot topics

Background information

Statistics

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Fast tracking statistics

The government introduced new system of determining who is a refugee for people who came by boat, called 'fast tracking'. How many decisions have they made? How many people are being recognised?

Statistics on people in detention in Australia

As of 31 August 2018, there were 1,303 people in held detention, with key sites being Villawood (485) and Yongah Hill (306). On average they had been there 468 days, with 273 people having spent more than 730 days in...

Reports

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Until when: The forgotten men of Manus Island

This joint report, in partnership with Amnesty International, tells the story of the men who have been sent by Australia to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has happened to them after they were forcibly...

RCOA Impact Report 2017-18

We promote humane and compassionate policies for people seeking safety in Australia and around the globe. While we cannot predict the wars, conflicts and oppressive regimes that will force people to seek asylum, we can...

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