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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 consultations@refugeecouncil.org.au 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

Upcoming consultations

Watch this space as more consultations will be posted soon.

NSW

 

Blacktown – Sudanese and South Sudanese communities, 9 November 2017, 4pm to 6pm, Sydwest Multicultural Services, Level 2, 125 Main Street, Blacktown – Register here

Wollongong Service Providers, 30 October 2:00pm t0 4.00pm, Illawarra Multicultural Services 17 Auburn Street, Wollongong – Register here

Wollongong Refugee Men, 30 October 2017, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, SCARF office, c/o Community Gateway Hub, 26 Atchison Street Wollongong – Register here 

Wollongong Refugee Women, 31 October 2017, 9.30am to 11.30am, SCARF office, c/o Community Gateway Hub, 26 Atchison Street Wollongong – Register here 

Toongabbie- Tamil community leaders, 28 October 2017, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Toongabbie Community Centre-  244 Targo Road, Toongabbie- Register here

Toongabbie – Tamil women, 28 October 2017, 12:30pm to 2pm, Toongabbie Community Centre-  244 Targo Road, Toongabbie- Register here

Toongabbie- Tamil refugees and asylum seekers, 28 October 2017, 10am to 12pm, Toongabbie Community Centre-  244 Targo Road, Toongabbie- Register here

Fairfield refugee communities consultation, 26 October 2017, 6pm to 8pm, CORE Community Services – Multicultural Hub, Level 1, 39-41 Harris Street Fairfield – Register here

Fairfield service provider consultation, 26 October 2017, 3pm to 5pm, CORE Community Services – Multicultural Hub, Level 1, 39-41 Harris Street Fairfield- Register here 

Fairfield – NSW Refugee Youth, 25 October 2017, 5pm to 7pm, Fairfield STARTTS, level 2, 25 Smart Street Fairfield – Register here

Parramatta – 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

Newcastle – service providers consultation, 30 November, 2pm-4pm, Northern Settlement Services, 8 Chaucer St, Hamilton, Newcastle – Register here

Newcastle – refugee community consultation, 30 November, 5pm-7pm, Northern Settlement Services, 8 Chaucer St, Hamilton, Newcastle – Register here

VIC

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

Sunshine communities consultation, Tues 21st November, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Samaritan Foundation, 21 Withers St, Sunshine. RSVP James Wight comtypartnerships@micare.com.au

SA

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

 NT

Darwin refugee communities consultation, 11th October 2017, 4pm to 6pm, MCNT Community Room, Shop 15, Malak Shopping Centre, Malak – Register here

QLD

Consultation with refugee communities and people seeking asylum in Toowoomba, 15 November 2017, 4pm to 6pm, St Bart’s Anglican Church, 103 Stenner Street Middle Ridge, QLD – Register here

Consultation with service providers in Toowoomba, 15 November 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm, St Bart’s Anglican Church, 103 Stenner Street Middle Ridge, QLD – 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)

TAS

Launceston service provider consultation – Tuesday 17 October, 11.30am-2pm, Migrant Resource Centre, 95/99 Cameron St, Launceston, TAS 7250.

Launceston community consultation- Tuesday 17 October, 4.30pm-6pm. Milton Hall, 13 Frederick St, Launceston, TAS 7250.

WA

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

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