The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) refutes claims that our recent submission reviewing Australia’s Migration System said “the backlogs facilitated spurious applications for protection from people who could reside...
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.
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The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) 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...
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will ease travel restrictions for refugees on temporary visas and amend a ministerial direction which has prevented...
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Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer
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Kelly Nicholls, Director of Communications
Topics: Our major campaigns, breaking news, offshore processing.
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Rebecca Eckard, Director of Policy
Topics: People seeking asylum in Australia, Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), Australia's refugee and asylum policies.
Asher Hirsch, Senior Policy Officer
Topics: Education, citizenship, community sponsorship
Sahar Okhovat, Senior Policy Officer
Topics: Detention, offshore processing, Australia's asylum policies
Your questions answered. Who is a refugee? ‘Refugee’ is used commonly to refer to people who are forced to leave their homes for many reasons, including conflict and violence. Sometimes it is used to also refer to a...
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national peak body for refugees and people seeking asylum and the organisations and individuals who work with and support them, welcomes the Government’s acknowledgement of...
This report presents interim findings from the application of the Refugee Response Index (RRI) to the Australia context, focusing on Pillar 3 of the RRI on ‘Refugees enjoy their rights’. RRI Pillar 3 interim report Size...