Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees

A powerful letter from Walid Zazai who has been on Manus Island for 3 years.

Support Teachers 4 Refugees – T-Shirt Action – 1-5 May 2017
Make and wear a Supporter’s Badge – just print it out and slide it into a name tag holder


And a new Guardian documentary called The Island about asylum seekers on Christmas Island and the therapist who attempts to support them. 

National ARAN Conference in Canberra on 20th -21st May 2017

Conference Program

What is ARAN?

The Australian Refugee Action Network is a network of 28 Refugee Networks and large Refugee Groups across Australia.  RAR is a founding member of ARAN.  In fact the idea for an Australian Network of grassroots activist groups was born at the 2016 RAR National Conference.

We called for One Voice, One Vision at our RAR conference.

ARAN provides the opportunity for refugee networks to become a Refugee Movement

Changes for people seeking refugee protection
================ URGENT – Act Now ================

All Refugee Legal Services in Australia are facing the difficulty trying to assist people urgently given the Government’s recent crack down on people seeking asylum.

This week the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on people seeking asylum who after waiting over 4 years to apply for asylum, now only have as little as 30 days to lodge their refugee application.

It gets worse. If people don’t lodge their application in time, the government has threatened to take away their right to apply for asylum in Australia – something no other country has ever done.

Refugee legal services across Australia are urgently appealing to you to help us fund lawyers in order to keep the people safe.

To act now, go to one of these refugee legal services in Australia and donate:

Please return original signed sheets to Mike at Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR by 30 April 2017
Image result for filmsA fabulous resource –  
Videos from the UNHCR youtube website –

Ban on Mobile Phones in Detention Centres

The Immigration and Border Protection rationale behind the removal of mobile phones is set out here – http://bit.ly/2ilRxcs
 And RAC in Sydney responded –
We also received information from people in detention who say the ban has come in because, with the end of Telstra’s 2G phone network, the only phones now available for the 3G or 4G networks come with cameras and a video capacity which Border force do not want in detention centres.
There is an online Petition 




On October 2015 the Department launched a new website for IMAs

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection says its IMA website is designed to enable IMAs and other users to navigate intuitively to information that is relevant to different stages of the IMA status resolution journey, including:

1.     living in the community while waiting to apply for a visa

2.     applying for a protection visa

3.     after a decision has been made on the application.

For up to date always check information on the Immigration and Border Force Website 



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:

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

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


A comprehensive report on the Economic and Social Impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill


 For details of RAR Groups, please email RAR Admin at 


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

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