The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has renewed calls for the extension of crucial support to include all people in Australia, dismayed that the COVID-19 stimulus package legislated by Parliament today excludes...
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
Australia cannot afford to ignore the needs of temporary visa holders in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. While welcoming the Federal Government’s...
Extend COVID-19 supplementary payments and Medicare to all people in Australia in need, Refugee Council of Australia says
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has called for the Federal Government to extend the supplementary payments under its new Coronavirus package and access to Medicare to all people in Australia in need, including...
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Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer
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Kelly Nicholls, Director of Communications
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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
Concerns about systemic cruelty and arbitrariness in Australia’s immigration detention system raised with two United Nations bodies ahead of their visits to Australia
Key issues noted about Australia’s immigration detention system: The increasing systemic cruelty of Australia’s immigration detention facilities The design, staffing and procedures of immigration detention follow a...
This report looks at the use of non-judicial accountability mechanisms, such as Parliament and the Australian Human Rights Commission, by the refugee sector in Australia.