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What are these consultations?

Every year, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) consults with people across Australia on refugee and asylum policies. We talk to people who have been or are in need of protection, and with those who work with these communities. What we hear feeds into what we focus on, and informs all of our policy and advocacy work here and overseas.

The 2018 consultations

The Refugee Council of Australia is planning to organise a smaller round of consultations this year, in light of the extensive consultation in the past two years. We are planning to organise consultations for service providers in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in 2018, and consultations in South Australia in 2019. For refugee communities, we are planning a new format for consultations with a greater emphasis on our work on self-representation in 2019.

In 2018, the Refugee Council of Australia will be trialling a different format of consultation for service providers in Victoria: an all-day workshop-style consultation both to share the latest updates and also to hear about your key priorities, issues, and good practice initiatives.

Who should come?

These consultations are designed generally for people who provide services to refugees and people seeking asylum and people from a refugee community or those seeking asylum.

To make sure that everyone feels that they can speak safely, these consultations are not open to:

  • Representatives of the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Social Services, or
  • People who are interested observers.

Upcoming consultations

For those working with or supporting refugees or peoples seeking asylum


  • Melbourne Annual Consultation Workshop, Uniting Church 130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Tuesday 13 November 9.30am-4.30pm (9.15am for 9.30am sharp). Register here by 8 November – note the workshop has different topics, please feel free to attend those which interest you.
  • The Sydney Annual Consultation , Tuesday 20 November, 2pm-4.30pm, Australian Red Cross, level 3, 464 Kent Street, Sydney NSW. Register here – note, another will be scheduled in Western Sydney.
  • Brisbane consultations:
    • Settlement services: This consultation will focus on settlement services, including changes to government-funded settlement services. Tuesday 20 November, 2pm-4.30pm, MDA, 28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba. Register here
    • Health and settlement: This consultation will focus on health issues (including mental health), as well as other settlement issues such as education, discrimination and citizenship. Thursday 22 November, 10am-12.30pm Register here
    • Asylum: This consultation will focus on issues affecting people seeking asylum. Friday 23 November, 1pm-3.30pm, Romero Multicultural Hub, 20 Dutton Street, Dutton Park. Register here
  • Logan consultations: This consultation will cover all issues for those in the Logan area. Wednesday 21 November, 1pm-3pm, Access Gateway, 91 Wembley Road, Logan. Register here