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Community Organisers x7 (voluntary) – Nationwide

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the independent national community voice on refugee issues, is seeking up to seven Community Organisers on a volunteer basis, to join its team fighting for justice, fairness and equity in Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees.

These roles can be based in our offices in Melbourne or Sydney, or remotely located. We are looking for a diverse spread of geographic locations across all states and territories.

We are seeking a minimum commitment of 6 months starting in March 2019.

The Refugee Council of Australia believes firmly in the principle of self-representation in all its advocacy and campaigns work. As such, people with lived experience seeking asylum or as a refugee are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Role Overview

In 2019, the Refugee Council of Australia is running its first national fellowship to equip Refugee Council members, supporters and refugee community members with important advocacy and campaigning skills. The ‘Champions for Change’ fellowship is a 6-month program that includes an initial training, real world campaigning leading up to the Federal election and community and MP engagement during the first 100 days of a new Parliament. The fellowship will include regular check-ins, ongoing online training and a final debrief to reflect on learnings and plan for the future.

The Champions for Change fellowship has been established to help the Refugee Council of Australia set up structures in the refugee rights movement that enable for strong communication, planning and implementation of effective movement-wide campaigns that span the country.

More information on the fellowship can be found at – https://action.refugeecouncil.org.au/c4c_application_2019.

The Community Organiser role is critical to this fellowship, Organisers will support a small cohort of ‘Champions’ participating in the fellowship, and support them in their learning, as well as in the implantation of their movement building and campaigning during and after the Federal election at a local level.

Roles & Responsibilities

The cohort of ‘Champions’ will be divided amongst the Community Organisers, who will then offer support for the length of the fellowship. This will include:

  • Conducting weekly check-ins with a group of Champions
  • Supporting Champions in awareness raising and movement-building campaigns during the Federal election in 1-2 electorates
  • Using campaign tools and knowledge to help Champions plan out these campaigns and their engagement strategies post-election
  • Assist in the collation of contacts that are established in each target electorate
  • Offer advice, support and tools for Champions to build their capacity as activists
  • Participate in regular check-ins with RCOA’s Campaign Coordinator and other Organisers to share challenges and learnings

Key Skills

  • Experience working on campaigns in social or environmental justice, ideally with some focus on community organising
  • Some basic knowledge of community organising and strategic campaigning
  • Proven ability to support groups of people in working and learning together
  • Willingness to work in a team and independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to pull together information from various sources in a clear and concise manner
  • Experience working with NationBuilder is a plus


  1. Preparation training – To ensure the success of the Champion for Change fellowship, RCOA will run a training retreat for Community Organisers from the 6-8 March 2019. This will be conducted in person in Melbourne and Sydney and connected via video conference for those in other locations.
  2. Regular time commitment is somewhat flexible, but is estimated to be between 4-6 hours per week, depending on availability.
  3. State-based training – We ask that Community Organisers attend their local Champions for Change training:
  • PERTH – Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 March
  • ADELAIDE – Thursday 14 – Friday 15 March
  • BRISBANE – Thursday 21 – Friday 22 March
  • MELBOURNE – Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 March
  • SYDNEY – Thursday 28 – Friday 29 March

What we will offer

As part of this role, the Refugee Council can offer you the following benefits:

  • Ongoing training and development around campaign strategy, digital organising and community organising
  • Feedback on professional development
  • Experience working with a peak body in a highly dynamic space
  • Working to build a powerful movement for change

How to apply

Please email your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are interested in this role to Samuel Dariol – samuel.dariol@refugeecouncil.org.au

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