Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees

In case you missed it, here is A Letter to The Pope


Senate Report on the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru 2015

Select Committee on the Recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru:   Taking responsibility: conditions and circumstances at Australia’s Regional Processing Centre in Nauru – August 2015



Nauru on the ABC’s 7.30 Report – 13 August 2015

ABC 7-30 Report1

Spying and Abuse described by Nauru Detention Centre’s former staff

Whistleblowers have defied the law to speak out about a culture of cover-ups and abuse at Nauru’s immigration detention centre, and they challenge the evidence given by centre operators before parliament.  Watch the video here


Dear RAR Members – 

letter from Marlene Griffin

Marlene is a member of Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR


Labor Party’s revised Refugee Policy.  If you are interested in reading the policy in full go to  http://www.alp.org.au/asylumseekers


Bendigo RAR visit the ASRC – August 2015

“This is a few of us off to deliver all the goodies to the ASRC, four shopping trolleys full plus some gift cards as well. We had a wonderful day. It is indeed heartening to know that the ASRC has over 1000 volunteers who are there because they believe we should be making asylum seekers welcome.

“Thanks to all those people who contributed items to the ASRC food bank. After seeing it in operation we understand why there is an ongoing need for basic items which we are all able to take for granted. It seems unbelievable that the Government denies people the right to work, gives them no allowance or access to Medicare. Hurray for the ASRC.”


Looking for information or resources about Refugee or Asylum Seeker issues?

Try RAC  and  Asylum Insight

From ChilOut – New Asylum Seeker Laws – Your Questions Answered

Australian Border Force Act explained

Asylum Policy in Australia Today
Asylum Insight have published a comprehensive update of background information on asylum policy in Australia. This content is updated annually to reflect recent changes in how Australia receives asylum seekers. The background information is presented in four main sections:


Rohullah is Riding for Refugees … again    Rohullah Riding 4 Refugees 2


ASRC Project

Researching and Messaging Project

Probject aimed at reframing the narrative around asylum seekers and refugee


Family Reunion Donation Appeal for former Queenscliff Refugee

For more information click here with Update – Appeal for Jawid

andsee the update on 

The Save Nadir Campaign

For more information click here 


IN the Northern Territory:

Asylum Seeker Education Workshops for Schools Educational workshops are now being offered to schools through the Asylum Seeker Legal Education Project run by Multicultural Youth NT (MyNT) in collaboration with DASSAN.  This project delivers educational workshops to school students with the aim of increasing understanding, empathy and compassion towards asylum seekers.  Workshops are delivered to schools free of charge. If you’re interested in having a session run at your school please contact . This project is supported by the Northern Territory Law Society-Public Purposes Trust.


Go Back To Where You Came From    Go Back Series

What do Red Cross and SBS Go Back to Where You Came From have in common?  We’re both raising awareness about asylum seekers and refugees.

Take a look at the exciting online education portal SBS developed in partnership with Red Cross, using clips from the show and Red Cross resources, to encourage Australian high school students and the public to get the facts about seeking asylum.  We hope that a greater understanding of the facts and the humanitarian impact will help to build a more compassionate and caring community.

If you missed Go Back to Where You Came From this week you can still catch it on SBS On Demand!


Labor conference resets its asylum seeker policy.

Mike from Bellingen and Nambucca RAR sums up the outcome for asylum seekers


Welcome Back South Gippsland RAR –  

SGRAR held its first meeting since 2007 on Wednesday 15 July 2015

And keep an eye out for the launch of RAR Southern Tasmania in Cygnet in September

Cygnet is just south of Hobart


Help get Kids Out of Detention  

Kids Out

Can you help?  

Andy and Colleen are looking for help to re-invigorate Kids Out Corangamite

Contact Airey’s Inlet RAR – 


Don’t forget to check out the RAR Events Page

To have your event included on our calendar just email details to


  • Senate Select Committee Inquiry into recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru
  • Hansard Transcripts – Part 1 – 19 May 2015
  • Hansard Transcripts – Part 2 –  9 June 2015
  • Hansard Transcripts – Part 3 – 20 July 2015
  • Part 1 – 19 May 2015
  • Part 2 – 20 July 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




This project initiated by members from Queenscliff RAR & CRAG and auspiced by the Wesley Centre commences on Wednesday with the support of trained community volunteers. The Welcome Place will be a place where asylum seekers are treated with dignity and respect; are valued; enjoy friendship and laughter; gather for activities; feel safe and understood; receive information and support; and can be linked to relevant services.

Spread the word amongst your asylum seeker friends to call in, and pass on the attached Welcome Place Flyer to them.

Opening times are:

Wednesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Commencing Wednesday July 22, 2015

The Wesley Centre, 218 Ryrie St, Geelong, (Between McDonalds and Mustafa’s Kebabs); Enter through the garden gate

Phone: 0437 439 667        Email:



FACT SHEET provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection – July 2015

In the next few months it is probable that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will hold information sessions for a number of stakeholder groups on the TPV and SHEV.

In March this year the Central Victorian Refugee Support Network* formed a working group to prepare for the roll-out of Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) and related work permits, along with the proposed Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs)

The group wants to see federal, state and local governments working together to:

  • Complete work on TPV and SHEV guidelines.
  • Seek applications from the Asylum Seeker community.
  • Assess applications.
  • Identify and promote regional employment and accommodation options.
  • Resource regional communities to support TPV and SHEV holders wanting to live and work in their region
  • Read more here: Changes to Visas – CVRSN & RCOA

* Central Victorian Refugee Support Network comprises RAR groups from Bendigo, Castlemaine, Woodend, Ballarat, Daylesford and Maryborough.


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


Aust Red Cross  Red Cross: Asylum Seekers: 13 Things you should know


How much do you know about asylum seekers and refugees?   Take the Quiz


Rohingya -Thai navy

BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar, 1 September 2015 (IRIN) – In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast ballots. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen.

There’s a simple explanation for the dramatic decline: the government has disenfranchised almost all of Myanmar’s approximately one million minority ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

Read more here

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

Refugee Council of Australia recommendations to the Australian government


Two articles for people who have been inquiring about the Nhill Project 

Karen refugees Nhill

Karen of Nhill


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



We invite you to consider how you might work with Rural Australians for Refugees

  • 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


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


Inspirational words from Father Rod Bower of the Gosford Anglican Church – 11 July 2015

Full text of Father Rod’s speech here


Those who wander are not lost  :  Tracking displaced people around the world

An excellent interactive graphic – Statistics based on 2014 figures supplied by UNHCR



We need to share the Stories – Child of Hope     Mohammad Al Baqiri

Living Library

 Asylum Seekers Deserve Better Treatment!

Series of talks where refugees/former refugees share their life stories!
When: Every Month (July to Nov) 3rd Wed 6-9pm

Where: Parramatta City Council Chambers (2 Civic Place Parramatta)



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

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