Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees


IMPORTANT & URGENT –  Write asap to the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, expressing concern that if asylum seekers are forced by the Australian government to return to Iran, Australia may be sending people back to danger – this is called refoulement and is against international refugee law.

“More than 20 per cent of the men, women and children being held in immigration detention centres within Australian territory are from Iran. … … … a strategy fraught with danger. It should not have been done with Afghan asylum seekers or with those from Sri Lanka.” – The Age editorial – 13 April 2015

Send a copy of your letter/email to the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Richard Marles, and to your own local MP.

Emails to –

  • Julie.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
  • Richard.Marles.MP@aph.gov.au
  • Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au

AHRC Report  – National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014      

The AHRCentre and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law invite you to a free public seminar:  The Forgotten Children: Australia’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children on the mainland and offshore

  • Date:     Thursday, 23 April 2015
  • Time:     1pm – 2pm
  • Venue:   Ground Floor
  • Room:    G23, UNSW Law
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Weekly News Roundup from Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Faculty of Law University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052 Australia.kaldors2

Monthly Bulletins from Refugee Council of Australia

ChilOut Newsletters

Must Reads – (these are on the same page, one below the other) – thanks to Aireys Inlet Parish and AIRAR

  1. Tim Winton’s Palm Sunday Speech
  2. Open Letter to Australians

Or watch Tim Winton’s Palm Sunday speech – 2015 here

Surf Coast RAR   Grampians Gariwerd RAR   Palm Sunday 2015 (25)  PalmSun290315_007_Dunn15

Across Australian cities, and this year across 6 continents, Palm Sunday rallies were lead by faith communities, advocates, doctors, nurses, academics, school students and ordinary Australians who are deeply disturbed by the current treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.   In Melbourne alone, 15,000 people walked through the CBD, along Swanston Street.

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  

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

 For RAR Groups listed below, please email RAR Admin at 

  • RAR Ballarat
  • RAR Beechworth
  • RAR Daylesford
  • RAR East Gippsland
  • RAR Goulburn
  • RAR Grampians/Gariwerd
  • RAR Latrobe Valley
  • RAR Macedon Ranges 
  • RAR Maryborough (Victoria)
  • RAR Phillip Island
  • RAR South Gippsland