MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release – The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA); the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA); the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA); and the...
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
Hundreds of people from around the world to convene in South Australia for Refugee Alternatives 2019
This year’s Refugee Alternatives Conference will bring together hundreds of people from across Australia and beyond to discuss refugee policy and build solutions and alternatives, just weeks before the general election...
Australians demand the humane treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees as historic vote passes Parliament
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 February 2019 Today’s historic vote on the urgent medical treatment bill delivered a decisive message to the government: Australians want an end to the abhorrent treatment of people in...
Who you can talk to
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
There are thousands of people seeking asylum living in the Australian community. Who are they? Where are they living? Where have they come from?
This brief provides an overview of Australia’s role in stopping refugees leaving Indonesia en route to Australia, and highlights the precarious situation refugees now face in Indonesia.