Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has welcomed legislation introduced to Federal Parliament this week to reform immigration detention and backed a campaign launched today to seek a Royal Commission into the impact of...
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
On 20 October 2023, Refugee Council CEO Paul Power wrote to the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister for Immigration to express our distress about the situation in Israel and Gaza, and ask that the Australian...
Refugee Council welcomes the historic High Court ruling finding indefinite immigration detention unlawful
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has welcomed the High Court’s decision that has found indefinite immigration detention to be unlawful and unconstitutional in cases where there is no prospect of people being...
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
Rebecca Eckard, Director of Policy
Topics: People seeking asylum in Australia, Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), Australia's refugee and asylum policies
Dr Asher Hirsch, Senior Policy Officer
Topics: Education, citizenship, community sponsorship
This series summarises information relevant to refugee policy published through the Parliament of Australia's Senate estimates process. This process often results in useful information that is not otherwise available.
Is Australia’s response to refugees generous? An analysis of UNHCR Global Trends statistics from 2013 to 2022
This Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) briefing looks at 10 years of statistics released by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, noting changes in the numbers of refugees and people seeking asylum between 2013 and 2022 and...
The following presents the key findings from the application of the Refugee Response Index (RRI) to the Australia context, focusing on Pillar 6 of the RRI: Making the international refugee system work. Refugee Response...