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Refugee Week 2015 – Sunday 14 June to Saturday 20 June

RCOA Ref Week 2015 (2)


Check out the RAR Events Page for all the Refugee Week happenings

And also check out the new ASRC Events Page.
May 22, 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has launched its Position Statement on Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health, calling for an end to immigration detention, better access to healthcare in the community, better health assessments and broader support services for refugees.

Professor Nicholas Talley 2  Professor Nicholas Talley, President of the RACP, Royal College of Physicians

See also the RACP call for the release of children from detention – 27 January 2015


Rohingya -Thai navy

Are you concerned about Who are the Rohinga?    And why they are being persecuted

Refugee Council of Australia recommendations to the Australian government


30 May 2015 – Refugee Communities Advocacy Network  –  1st Annual Statewide Conference – Victoria

RCAN Statewide Conference Flyer


  • Senate Select Committee Inquiry into recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru [Part 1] – 19 May 2015
  • (NB This is the Official Video Recording of Senate Committee Proceedings from the Australian Parliament)

Senate Inquiry

Photo – Derek Osborne and Kate Munnings – Transfield Services


  • IMAs awaiting processing and Community Support Programmes – Feb 2015
  • Check for updates by emailing – 


Regional Refugee Action Networks in Victoria

  • CVRSN – Central Victorian Refugee Support Network
    • Email for further information –  RAR Admin at 
  •  CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group – Geelong, Victoria
    • Email – 
    • Facebook – CRAG
  • SCRAR – Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugee 
    • Email – 
    • Website – SCRAR
    • Facebook – SCRAR

Refugee & Asylum Seekers Service and Support Mapping- May 2014 Mainstream and specialist support services available across the G21 (Geelong) region

Rally1pm – Sat, July 25 – Melbourne Convention Centre

  • Converge on Melbourne: Rally for Refugee Rights
  • Change ALP Policy at the ALP National Conference
  • July 24-26, 2015
  • Melbourne Convention Centre
  • “No to offshore processing – No to mandatory detention”

RAC (Refugee Action Collective Melbourne) invites all groups associated with the Refugee Advocacy Network to participate, to send endorsements for a rally, supportive of efforts to change ALP refugee policy at this year’s ALP national conference.

Groups are also invited to make any suggestions for content or structure of a national get together the following day, Sunday July 26th.  RAC Melbourne will be able to arrange limited billeting for interstate activists.  Please let them know if people from your state can participate and likely numbers – Email , or call Chris 0403 013 183

More details will be available soon.  An initial poster for the rally is available –  alp conf rally


  • Newsletters
  • Human Rights Law Centre Newsletter
  • ASRC – Melbourne

We invite you to consider how you might work with us

  • Join one of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker support groups.  There are many RAR groups, community groups, church groups working to improve the lives of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Engage in Fundraising,  Awareness- raising, and/or  Advocacy
  • If there is no group near you, consider starting one
  • Visit Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Detention Centres
  • Letter Writing – to Politicians – MPs Addresses   Senators Addresses
  • Letter Writing – the Refugee Council of Australia has an initiative called Write to Be Heard.
  • Visit our Facebook Page – Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Want to have your Asylum Seeker or Refugee Support group listed on our website?  
  • Send details to RAR Admin –

RAR Groups – Websites

Visit Rural Australians for Refugees Facebook pages – keep up-to-date with issues and events

Email your local Rural Australians for Refugee Group  

  • Apollo Bay – 
  • Aireys Inlet – 
  • Armidale –  
  • Ballina – 
  • Barwon Heads – 
  • Bega Valley – 
  • Bellarine – 
  • Bellingen and Nambucca Districts – 
  • Bendigo – 
  • Braidwood – 
  • Castlemaine – 
  • Great Lakes – 
  • Mansfield – 
  • Queanbeyan – 
  • Queenscliff – 
  • Surf Coast – 
  • Warrnambool – 

 For RAR Groups listed below, please email RAR Admin at 

  • Ballarat
  • BRASS – Northeast (Beechworth Refugee Asylum Seeker Support)
  • Daylesford
  • Denmark
  • East Gippsland
  • Goulburn
  • Grampians/Gariwerd
  • Latrobe Valley
  • Macedon Ranges 
  • Maryborough (Victoria)
  • Phillip Island
  • South Gippsland
  • Southern Highlands


Manisha - Mums 4 Refugees

Mothers’ Day

A film by People Like Us and Mums4Refugees


 Do you remember the 2002 ‘Mudgee Muster’ …  the First RAR National Conference – see more here


Cartoon by Nicholson from “The Australian” newspaper: www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au

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