Have your say about Australia’s refugee and asylum policies
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is holding its annual national consultations on Australia’s refugee and asylum policies.
We are seeking feedback, suggestions and concerns from refugee communities, people seeking asylum, and individuals and organisations working with these communities.
This is an important opportunity to share your views about Australia’s policies. Your feedback will inform RCOA’s ongoing research, submissions, reports and advocacy in Australia and internationally.
Who should come?
These consultations are designed generally for people who provide services to refugees and people seeking asylum (service providers) and people from a refugee community or seeking asylum (communities consultations).
To make sure that everyone feels they can speak safely, these consultations are not open to:
- Representatives of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Social Services, or
- People who are interested observers.
For the communities consultations, only those from a refugee background are invited to attend. Service providers should not attend these consultations.
How to get involved
The Refugee Council of Australia is currently organising these consultations. You can view and register for upcoming consultations on this page (see the calendar, above right, and the list of consultations below). If your community would like to talk to us, you can also email us at email@example.com to invite us to talk to you.
People can also tell us what they think through the two online surveys below:
Questions for the Consultations
- Questions for service providers
- Questions for refugee communities
- Listen to the questions for refugee communities:
Watch this space as more consultations will be posted soon.
Consultation with Sudanese and South Sudanese communities, 9 November 2017, 4pm to 6pm, Sydwest Multicultural Services, Level 2, 125 Main Street, Blacktown – Register here
Consultation with people seeking asylum, 24 October 2017, 11am to 1pm, Arrupe Place, 4 Victoria Road, Parramatta- Register here
Blacktown refugee communities consultation, 5 October 2017, 4pm to 6pm, Sydwest Multicultural Services, Level 2, 125 Main Street, Blacktown – Register here
Blacktown service providers consultation, 5 October 2017, 2pm to 4pm, Sydwest Multicultural Services, Level 2, 125 Main Street, Blacktown – Register here
Sydney CBD service providers consultation, 28th September 2017, 10am to 12pm, Australian Red Cross, Level 4, 464 Kent Street, Sydney – Register here
Eastern Melbourne service providers consultation, 3rd November 2017, 10am to 11.30am, Whitehorse Community Centre, Level 1 Conference Room, 79 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill – Register here
Wyndham refugee communities consultation, 2nd October 2017, 6pm to 7.30pm, Wayaperri House, 106 Duncans Road, Werribee – Register here
Wyndham service providers consultation, 2nd October 2017, 2pm to 3.30pm, Wayaperri House, 106 Duncans Road, Werribee – Register here
Brimbank service providers consultation, 5th September 2017, 10am to 12pm, VISY Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road, Sunshine
Whittlesea asylum seekers consultation, 25th August 2017, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Shop 111, Pacific Epping, 571-583 High Street, Epping
Whittlesea refugee communities consultation, 25th August 2017, 10am to 12pm, Shop 111, Pacific Epping, 571-583 High Street, Epping
Whittlesea service providers consultation, 15th August 2017, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Shop 111, Pacific Epping, 571-583 High Street, Epping
Adelaide settlement action network consultation, 8th September 2017, 10am to 11.30am, the church hall (next to ARA Underdale office), 304 Henley Beach Rd, Underdale
Conversation with Paul Power, 6 September 2017, 1pm to 3pm, 4th floor Meeting Room, AMRC Multicultural Centre 3 Coglin Street, Adelaide
Darwin refugee communities consultation, 11th October 2017, 4pm to 6pm, MCNT Community Room, Shop 15, Malak Shopping Centre, Malak – Register here
Rockhampton refugee communities consultation, 20th July 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, MDA: 21 East Street, 21 East Street, Rockhampton City
Rockhampton service providers consultation, 20th July 2017
Brisbane refugee communities consultation, 19th July 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, MDA: 28 Dibley Street, Woolloongabba
Brisbane service providers consultation, 19th July 2017, 2pm to 4pm, QPASTT: 28 28 Dibley Street, Woolloongabba
Logan refugee communities consultation, 18th July, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 91 Wembley Road, Logan Central (Gateway), QLD 4114
Logan service providers consultation, 18th July 2017, 2pm to 4pm, 91 Wembley Road, Logan Central (Gateway)
Launceston 17-18 October 2017 (time and venue to be confirmed)
Perth people supporting asylum seekers consultation, 28 September 2017, 4pm to 6pm, CARAD, 245 Stirling St, Perth – Register here
Perth refugee communities consultation, 27th September 2017, 6pm to 7.30pm, Multicultural Services Centre of WA, 14 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka – Register here
Perth service providers consultation, 28th September 2017, 9.30am to 11.30am, Multicultural Services, Centre of WA, 20 View St, North Perth – Register here
Perth consultation with people seeking asylum, 26th September 2017, 6pm to 7.30pm, Riverview Community Services, 1 Thorogood St, Burswood