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3 MayRegister your Refugee Week Event today!
11 AprVIDEO: Why is Malcolm Turnbull cutting support to thousands of people?
21 MarCan you take an action to stand with refugees this Harmony Day?
7 MarHave your say at the UNHCR in Geneva!
22 FebOur key take-aways from the #AltRefugee Conference!
8 FebA looming humanitarian crisis for people seeking asylum
1 FebOur New Year's Resolution - working towards justice for refugees.


13 DecA win in the parliament, the Global Compact on Migration in Geneva and a focus on refugee self-representation
29 NovNational actions for men on Manus, Higher Education Symposium and our 2018 Calendar
15 NovManus national actions, a win for equality and the John Gibson Community Leadership Grant
1 NovManus, Refugee Alternatives and Citizenship changes
19 OctHuman Rights Council election brings fresh scrutiny; proposed citizenship changes fail; Government stall on Manus; support refugee families and more
5 OctOver 75% of Australians support refugee family reunion, new poll finds; legal community's extraordinary effort to meet arbitrary deadline; as first few leave for safety in the US, desperation consumes those left behind; and walk for Freedom with us, on October 21.
20 SeptAustralian response to Rohingya crisis falls short; Australia must intervene to stop Cambodia breaching the Refugee Convention; Rebuilding Australia’s damaged reputation; plus publications, events and opportunities.
31 AugAustralians stand up for compassion - and against cruelty; Citizenship fears amplified; Not Working: Refugees raise concerns about JobActive; Senate inquiry; and more.
15 AugAustralian voices speak out in international discussions on refugee protection: A special report on RCOA's advocacy in Geneva; RCOA Speaking up: An overview of Australian advocacy in Geneva; The Global Compact on Refugees: What does this mean for Australia?; UNHCR appeals for support to address refugee resettlement needs in Africa; Spotlight on Australia's cruel asylum policy at the Human Rights Council; and more.
2 AugUnwelcome Visitors: new RCOA research released today; RCOA shares community views on refugee program with Immigration chief. Vale Les Murray: 1945-2017.
18 JulyFOI reveals Australian cut in accepting UNHCR referrals; Thousands to hold vigils across Australia to protest offshore detention; RCOA: Time to push opportunities for improving refugee protection in SE Asia; and the inaugural national forum of Refugee Welcome Zones.
4 JulyRCOA looks to Canada for affordable private sponsorship model; Refugees contribute; Refugee communities speak up in Senate Inquiry; and Spotlight on Syria.
20 JuneWorld Refugee Day 2017; UNHCR Global Trends Report Released; Unfair, Unnecessary and Divisive: Proposed Citizenship Changes; Australian Refugee Advocates Shine on World Stage; and Video from Manus Highlights Pain of Detention to UN Audience.
7 JuneWhat does our community really think about Australia's refugee program? your opportunity to tell us; tickets on sale for the Refugee Film Festival; UN concerns about Australian policy; and 'nothing about us without us' read what it means.
25 MayRefugee Week 2017: One Month to Go; Winter Solstice Festival of Welcome; see all the news and events for Refugee Week.
16 MayAnother Budget, Another Missed Opportunity; Missing in Action: A Fair, Efficient Process for People Seeking Asylum; Supporting refugees’ advocacy for peace in Burma; UNSEEN: The exhibition; and 1 month to go till Refugee Week 2017!
2 MayCitizenship Changes Would Affect the Most Vulnerable; Unlocking Alternative Pathways for People Seeking Safety; Refugee Week June 18-24 2017; and a wonderful story of a simple act of kindness.
19 AprilAustralia failing to protect people it has detained; Refugee advocacy in New Zealand; NEW Refugee Film Festival as starting as part of the Refugee Week festivities for the first time in 2017; and much more
4 AprilThousands of Hazaras Protest Ashraf Ghani Visit; Update on Refugee Citizenship Advocacy; Plans for Refugee Week 2017; and an update on the processing status of refugee claims.
21 MarchAustralia is Failing the Rohingya People.
Despite a motion passing in the Senate for Australia to call for a United Nations commission of inquiry, our political leaders have yet to take leadership on this issue.
To make a positive difference, get involved in Refugee Week 2017.
7 MarchRefugee Families Deserve a #FairGo
Read all about the success of the Refugee Alternatives Conference; and how the Government Moves Goalposts Again for People Seeking Asylum
22 Feb.State of the Nation
Today, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) released the first ever State of the Nation report, a comprehensive investigation into the experiences of those seeking safety and settling in Australia within the broader context of the global crisis of human displacement.
7 Feb. Australian community joins us in speaking up for those on Manus and Nauru
Since we released the statement, we have been overwhelmed by the community support for the people imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru.
17 Jan.2017: What's in store
In February, we'll be hosting the first ever Refugee Alternatives Conference together with UNSW. In June, we will be co-ordinating Refugee Week, the annual celebration of all the wonderful ways in which refugee communities enrich our lives. This year, Refugee Week will include the exciting addition of the first ever Refugee Film Festival, with screenings taking place every day and the opportunity for you to host your own.


30 Dec.We look back on an 2016, an epic year! Read about what we've been up to and what's in store for 2017.
21 Dec. Lots of good news this week! Australians support refugee family reunion; our citizenship case win; exciting upcoming events and more.
29 Nov.We're calling for a fair go for refugee families; The Government must provide safety for all; Government attacks Fraser's legacy, launches new settlement inquiry; and more.
17 Nov.US deal a vital first step, but many questions still unanswered; cruel lifetime ban bill to be decided by Senate; have your say on Australia's refugee policies; and more.
2 Nov.The government's ll-targeted, perverse punishment for people seeking safety; the Refugee Film Festival; Refugee Alternatives Conference details; and more.
20 Oct. #BringThemHere; the crisis in our communities; the Refugee Film Festival and more.
6 Oct.Improved access to education for people seeking asylum and refugees; the growing call to end offshore detention; and more.
21 Sept.The first, the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees and Obama's Leaders Summit; Campaigns update; Private Resettlement; and more.
6 Sept.Help us keep up the pressure to #BringThemHere; Education win in Victoria; RCOA at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas; Australian advocacy in Geneva; and much more.
17 AugustNauru Files: devastating proof we need a new way on asylum; our annual consultations relating to Australia's Refugee Policy; Stanley tells his story to Sydney school children; and more.
4 AugustWhy Australia should urgently act to protect Hazaras; 3 years on and still no plan for resettlement; sign up and learn from a refugee; and Census night.
21 JulyOff to court we go. Read about our latest work regarding access to citizenship; the announcement of subsidised TAFE courses now available for Onshore Protection Visa Holders; more refugee presenters join RCOA’s Face to Face program; and more.
5 JulyRead our analysis of UNHCR’s 2015 Global Trends report shows displacement at a high of 65.3 million people; new research from the Australia Institute show the Majority of Australians support onshore resettlement of refugees arriving by boat; Australian advocates recently returned from participating in a range of international meetings in Geneva in and around the annual UNHCR NGO Consultations which brought together almost 600 NGO representatives from 87 countries and focused on the theme of ‘youth’.
16 JuneElection 2016: view RCOA's summary on the Refugee policies of the major parties before the vote; RCAN conference ran successfully in NSW for the first time, and again in Vic. Read the reports and presentations here; Youth delegates leave for the United Nations to participate in the 'GRYC', read their stories; RCOA seeking Volunteer Community Educators for schools in Melbourne metro area; and much more.
18 MayThe 2016 election campaign has begun with refugee and asylum seeker policy featuring prominently; RCAN invites people to attend their two upcoming Statewide Conferences; RCOA chief executive flies to New Zealand to push NZ to lobby against child detention; get involved in Refugee Week 2016; and much more.
3 MayAustralia's immigration polies require urgent reconsideration following PNG's Manus Island announcement; Victorian budget supports safe and rapid resettlement of refugees; help us access education for all those seeking asylum; RCOA participation in the 'Global Refugee Youth Consultations'; and much more
19 April'Refugee Communities Advocacy Network' will be holding statewide conferences in May to to allow former refugees and their communities to discuss important matters with State and Federal decision makers; RCOA seeking information on exploitation and corruption in the resettlement process; support the #Hushtag campaign and challenge the Border Force Act; and much more
6 AprilView RCOA's recommendations for Australia's Humanitarian program; RCOA coordinating a national conversation with young people from refugee backgrounds, as part of the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC); raising concerns with the UNHCR and IOM on issues facing overseas refugee communities; help RCOA access education for all asylum seekers
18 MarchView RCOA's recommendations on refugee policy and give your views to the Immigration Minister; deal to forcibly return Iranian asylum seekers could set dangerous precedent; only two people remain after the Governments $55 million resettlement spending program
16 Feb.The #LetThemStay campaign has shifted the focus of the refugee debate on to the detrimental impacts of Australia’s indefinite offshore detention policy; see our policy paper Australia’s Response to Regional Protection to frame the debate about Australia’s response to refugees in a way which respects human rights; and much much more


21 Dec.We launched our “Australia says Welcome” campaign; our annual consultations are taking place for our submission on the coming financial year’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program; and much much more
3 Nov.…it’s no laughing matter: RCOA Exhibition and 2016 Calendar launch Australia’s pre-eminent political cartoonists have donated their works of art in the inaugural RCOA calendar; and much more
20 Oct.Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network leaders make first visit to Australia; RCOA welcomes Syrian and Iraqi refugee intake increase; RCOA investigates citizenship delays; and much more
25 Aug.Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network: meet senior leaders from the Network in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney; refugee representatives impress in Geneva; a new report on Statelessness in Australia; concerns on family reunion; and much more
AugustRefugee week report; Regional cooperation – Beyond the rhetoric; Refugee Council calls for urgent answers on asylum seekers; and more
JuneRefugee Week 14-20 June with over 250 celebrations across Australia; RCOA hosts inaugural Refugee Community Advocacy Conference; Refugee Council calls for Australian action to protect Rohingya lives at risk; and more
AprilCommunity concerns about the Refugee and Humanitarian Program presented to Minister; Over 100 organisations call for moratorium on transfers to Nauru and Manus Island; RCOA condemns Good Order Bill and calls for genuine detention reform; and more
MarchVale Malcolm Fraser: A great Australian Prime Minister and refugee advocate; Moss Review finds urgent need to protect asylum seekers on Nauru; Attacks on Human Rights Commission distract attention from protecting children; and more
FebruaryReport of Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into detention of children released; More than 230 organisations call for legislative change to end detention of children; Tensions on Manus Island cause fear of another tragedy



DecemberSenate passes asylum laws to fast-track vulnerable people to danger; Australia's focus on deterrence challenged at UNHCR forum; AGM focuses on protection at sea; campaign to release children from detention gains momentum; asylum policies singled by UN
NovemberAGM to focus on protection at sea; Devastating impacts of TPVs raised at Senate inquiry; UN Committee Against Torture takes close look at treatment of asylum seekers; The Home Stretch investigates housing challenges; Bhutan's "gross national hypocrisy" on human rights
OctoberNew asylum and maritime legislation strips away checks on Ministerial powers; Torture case prompts call for Australia to suspend returning asylum seekers; Australia's asylum policies singled out at Executive Commitee meeting of UNHCR; Punishment not protection for refugees sent to Cambodia
SeptemberIncrease to Special Humanitarian Program smoke and mirrors; Sending asylum seekers back to danger unconscionable; What happens now that Australia has "stopped the boats'?; RCOA backs call for expanded refugee program; Detention of children must end; Parliament must reject cruel Temporary Protection Visas; Asia-Pacific NGOs focus on protection
AugustFriends come to our aid in a time of need; Australia's answers on return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka unsatisfactory; Refugee community concerns raised with senior leadership of UNHCR; Appalling claims of cruelty to children in detention aired at inquiry
JuneScott Morrison's funding cut won't silence RCOA; Lives on the line under proposed changes to Migration Act; Restoring Hope key message during Refugee Week; Pressing need for global action to tackle protracted displacement; UN High Commissioner criticises Australia's "strange" obsession with boats
MayFederal Budget summary; Concerns for safety of refugees in proposed Cambodia resettlement deal; New paper highlights strengths within refugee communities; Indonesian Foreign Minister's comments on refugee protection welcomed; Detention centre closures spark call for more community alternatives
AprilRestrictions on funded legal assistance restrictions raise dangers for asylum seekers; HSS funding confirmed until 2017 but SGP funding still uncertain; Australia's post-war expulsion of Asian refugees recalled
MarchManus Island death an appalling tragedy; Permanent Protection Visa freeze causes more anguish for refugees; International condemnation for Australia's asylum policies; Australia's turning back of boats scrutinised at international refugee law conference; Time spent in long-term detention hits two-year high; Work rights denial a cruel punishment
FebruaryAustralia's refugee communities and services urge greater focus on refugee protection; Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas used as an alternative to TPVs; Inquiry into immigration detention of children welcomed; Fears for asylum seekers under family reunion changes



DecemberGovernment suspends granting of new permanent visas to asylum seekers; Health advisory board's demise diminishes independent oversight; Concerns over Australia-Sri Lanka cooperation; Refugee Welcome Zone research shows strong support for refugees
November138 organisations combine to object to divisive use of "illegal"; Return to TPVs needlessly punitive and counter-productive; RCOA pleads for renewal of expired bridging visas
OctoberElection of new government brings portfolio and policy changes; Executive Committee of UNHCR discusses critical refugee protection challenges
SeptemberElection guide profiles policies of major parties and minor party Senate candidates; Call for release of refugees with adverse security assessments; Jakarata meeting another lost opportunity for refugee protection; Denial of legal advice risks asylum seekers' lives
AugustJoint NGO statement urges new approach to asylum policy; Federal election summary of policies; New resettlement statistics bust 'regular pathways' myth; Australian hypocrisy undermines regional efforts to protect refugees
JulyRefugee Week a success; Tougher asylum policies not the answer; Ditching Refugee Convention against Australia's national interest; International praise for Australia's resettlement program; Refugee representatives lead Australia's advocacy at UNHCR NGO consultations
JuneRefugee protection concerns taken to senior UNHCR officials; RCOA reinforces concerns about pilot sponsorship program; Submision highlights unacceptable nature of regional processing
MayExcision law a new low in refugee protection; Work rights denied for asylum seeker families; Children sent to immigration detention facilities
AprilPeople displaced by climate change require new solutions; Funding for local SGP services to increase by 5.2%; Federal Court decision on Afghan removals welcomed; Parliament urged to support Bill to resolve indefinite detention of refugees
MarchOpposition's denial of appeal rights more punishment for asylum seekers; Violence in Quetta exacerbates pain of family separation ffor Hazara; Campaign for asylum seekers to have the right to work.
FebruaryRCOA presents community views on Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program; statistical snapshot of refugee needs; six month progress report on Expert Panel; UNHCR issues damning Manus Island report; asylum visa grant rates released; national honour for the late John Gibson



DecemberRCOA turns 30; Asylum seeker processing on positive pathway; High Court ruling removes barrier for unaccompanied minors seeking family reunion.
NovemberGovernment shifts towards community processing of asylum applications; Intake freeze causes dismay; RCOA members, religious groups and unions back community processing.
OctoberOffshore policy revisited; Regional refugee protection network urged; Complementary protection legislation passed.
SeptemberHigh Court scuttles Malaysia deal; More than 200 organisations call for humane asylum seeker policy; ACT takes lead on asylum seeker support.
AugustHigh Court injunction suspends Malaysia deal; Planned reopening of Manus Island facility undermines regional cooperation; RCOA CEO and Board members visit Malaysia.
JulyA risk based approach to immigration detention; Australian advocates take key concerns to Geneva; Refugee Week 2011 our most successful celebration ever.
JuneJoint statement on the Nauru and Malaysian ‘solutions’; Urgent need for detention reform highlighted yet again; Asylum concerns raised with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
MayMalaysia's appalling rights record ignored in refugee transfer deal; Federal Budget highlights blowout in detention costs; Government plans reopening of Pacific Solution detention centre.
AprilRCOA calls for overhaul of immigration detention; RCOA calls for reform of security assessment processes for asylum seekers; Bali Process develops first regional agreement on irregular movement.
MarchComplementary Protection Bill offers greater protection for vulnerable people; RCOA takes concerns to Parliament House; Minister announces new multicultural policy.
FebruaryA missed opportunity to scrap an unfair system; Refugee arrests in Thailand highlight struggle for protection in South-East Asia; Grave concerns over Australia’s MoU with Afghanistan.



Last updated December 2016