Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees


Rural Australians joining together to make a difference to the lives of refugees & asylum seekers.


This is how we plan to go about it.

Our Ten Point Plan

As a Nation …

Australia should:

  • Receive asylum seekers in accordance with the humane standards set out in the UN Convention on Refugees which Australia signed in 1954.
  • Close all off-shore and remote detention centres and take full responsibility for processing asylum seeker claims here in Australia.
  • Rescind all current legislation that condones and even encourages human rights violations and establish a formal multi-party parliamentary committee to draft refugee and asylum seeker policies that will gain bipartisan support.
  • Do more to improve public understanding of the plight of asylum seeker issues and to dispel common myths.
  • Provide orientation, training and support to urban and rural communities willing to assist refugees with accommodation and employment.

In our Region …

Australia should:

  • Work with our Asia Pacific neighbours to find co-operative and non-punitive solutions to the flow of refugees into and through the region.
  • Ensure that countries currently hosting disproportionate numbers of refugees are given appropriate support.

In the Global context …

Australia should:

  • Use its position on the United Nations Security Council
  • Seek a world-wide increase in aid for refugees
  • Seek to influence oppressive governments who are persecuting their minority groups.

Rural Australians for Refugees calls on the Australian Government to seek solutions at
a global, regional and national level to address the international asylum seeker and refugee crisis.