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Reports from Sydney and Melbourne RCAN conferences

The two recent Refugee Communities Advocacy Network (RCAN) conferences held in Sydney and Melbourne were an overwhelming success. There were over 50 refugee community members at each conference, who came…

What is the Refugee Communities Advocacy Network?

The Refugee Communities Advocacy Network is a network for people from refugee backgrounds to gather to discuss, prioritise and advocate on local, state, national and international issues of greatest concern to them.

RCOA invites people who are passionate and keen to engage in advocacy with local council, state and federal ministers and international bodies such as UNHCR to join the network. RCAN advocates on a range of issues, including:

  • Australia’s humanitarian program, including family reunion
  • Settlement issues in Australia such as employment, education or housing
  • Australia’s asylum and detention policies
  • International issues such as refugee protection around the world


RCOA believes refugee communities play a vital role in advocating on issues that impact them, and acknowledges the wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience these communities have. We believe successful advocacy relies on the participation and leadership of community groups.


This network is only for people from a refugee or asylum seeker background. RCOA is keen to have participation from a wide range of people, including those who are formal community leaders as well as others who are passionate about advocacy. RCOA particularly invites women and young people to participate.


Examples of the activities the RCAN network undertakes include:

  • Meeting state and federal MPs and ministers to raise issues of concern
  • Raising issues on local and national media, including radio, newspapers and the internet
  • Participating in consultations held by state and federal government bodies
  • Writing letters to relevant MPs and ministers on issues of concern
  • Speaking at local events


If you are interested in being involved in this network, or if you have any questions, please contact us through the Sydney office.