Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees


ALP Draft National Policy Platform is now on the ALP website or read it here

Section on Migration and Refugees begins on Page 152, but it may be worth reading all of this lengthy document


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


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



Don’t forget to check out the RAR Events Page 


Freedom Stories

Coming Soon to Nova Cinema, Melbourne

Thursday/Friday sessions include a Q&A with director Steve Thomas, Producer Lisa Horler and panel. Freedom Stories looks at the achievements and struggles of former ‘boat people’. Now Australian citizens, these refugees arrived from the Middle East seeking asylum around 2001. This was the year of the Tampa and Prime Minister John Howard’s infamous “We will decide” speech. Some were only children when they found themselves in indefinite mandatory detention in Woomera or Nauru. Thomas captures the determination and resilience of this diverse group who, a decade on, have rebuilt their lives in Australia. Highlighting the good that these people have brought into Australian society, FREEDOM STORIES is an appeal to compassion, dignity, and giving voice to those who’s inspiring and poignant stories can now finally be heard.
Release Date: July 23, 2015
Running time: 1hr 39mins
Rating: CTC

Session Times

Click a session time to book online

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Call us on: 9347 5331


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

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.


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


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

Karen refugees Nhill

Karen of Nhill


  • 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



  • Newsletters
  • Human Rights Law Centre Newsletter

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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