Latest submissions

24Aug 18

Submission into the statutory review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act

This submission expresses our concerns about the amalgamation of the tribunals in the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015, including our concerns about the independence of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the ‘exceptional’ nature of the Migration and Refugee Division and the Immigration Assessment Authority. It also proposes greater efficiencies, including the need for greater resourcing of the Migration and Refugee Division, review of the visa cancellation processes, and the need for proper funding of legal representation for protection decisions.
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08Aug 18

Submission into the next generation of employment services

This submission begins with the reason refugees are likely to need more intensive employment assistance and the assistance of specialist providers. We then address issues relating to the compliance requirements and the assessment process, and risks posed by the increased use of technology indicated in the Discussion Paper.
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20Dec 17

2018-2019 Pre-Budget submission

On 20 September 2017, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer called for submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups seeking their views regarding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget. This submission focused on the Refugee and Humanitarian Program, overseas aid, temporary protection, asylum and offshore processing.
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19Dec 17

Submission on the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Discussion Paper

The Refugee Council of Australia made a submission on the Discussion Paper by the Department of Social Services (DSS) on the future of the Settlement Grants Program. The paper had been developed to guide sector consultations and provided an opportunity for currently funded Settlement Grant providers and other key stakeholders to provide views and ideas on the proposed changes to the Program before the next funding round.
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20Oct 17

Submission to the Inquiry on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017

In this submission, the Refugee Council of Australia expresses profound concerns about the likely effect of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 on people in detention, their families and support networks as well as visitors to immigration detention facilities. We are greatly concerned that this Bill aims to introduce further restrictions to an immigration detention environment that is already highly restrictive.
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27Sep 17

Submission to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation

In this submission, we argue that the movement of refugees to regional areas can sustain and grow the population base, bring about economic opportunities, grow and diversify the regional economy and employment base, and create more vibrant and cohesive communities. Importantly, we argue that the Australian Government should consider not only the challenges faced by refugees directly resettled in regional areas (primary resettlement), but needs to offer greater and more targeted support to those who move to regional towns after living in metropolitan areas, as well as to the communities that receive and welcome these groups.
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