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Refugee Council of Australia
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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

RCOA 2018-19 Annual Report

Our 2018-19 Annual Report is now available.  Click below to read our take on Australian refugee policy in 2018-2019 and to find out what we’ve been up to- from breaking new ground in refugee-led advocacy to...

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

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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?

Reports