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Refugee Council of Australia

Contact

Name: Rebecca Langton

Position: Administration and Membership Officer

Email: admin@refugeecouncil.org.au

Website: www.refugeecouncil.org.au

Address

Ste 4A6 410 Elizabeth St

Surry Hills Sydney 2010

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Our Mission / Objective

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members.

Formed in November 1981, RCOA is a non-profit, non-government organisation registered as an incorporated association in the Australian Capital Territory. It is funded through contributions from its members and by project grants from philanthropic bodies and government agencies.

The priority activities for RCOA are set by its members, as represented by an elected Board. RCOA’s own work is centred around five key areas: policy, support for refugees, support for its members, community education and administration. In addition, RCOA seeks funding for specific projects that directly relate to our objectives and enhance our capacity to serve the refugee community.

Our Beneficiaries

RCOA’s purpose is to work with its members in promoting the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and asylum seekers by Australian and other governments and their communities. In order to achieve this purpose, the Council pursues the following aims:

(a) To act as a unifying organisation and to represent its members.

(b) To promote the empowerment of refugee communities and individuals in Australia and internationally and support the capacity building of Australia’s refugee sector.

(c) To monitor, research and present information on issues relating to the needs and circumstances of refugees and asylum seekers.

(d) To assist governments and inter-governmental organisations to formulate policy and improve support and services for refugees and asylum seekers.

(e)To increase public awareness and media sensitivity towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Projects in Progress

RCOA have three main areas of focus: Research and policy analysis; advocacy and representation; and community education and awareness-raising.

Research and policy analysis: RCOA’s core purpose is to promote the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and asylum seekers. To inform our positions on policy matters, we undertake research into a wide variety of issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers.

Advocacy and representation: One of RCOA’s key roles as a peak body is to represent its members and advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. We engage with advocacy with the Australian Government and international bodies such as UNHCR through government dialogues on migration and human rights issues; regular correspondence with Government and UNHCR officials; national and state advisory committees; presenting evidence to parliamentary and international inquiries; regular meetings with politicians, government officials and representatives of UN and international agencies; and taking part in conferences and key international meetings on refugee and asylum issues.

Community education and awareness-raising: Misinformation and lack of awareness about the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers are key factors leading to negative opinions of these groups. Community education and awareness-raising are therefore key aspects of RCOA’s work.

Our People

Leadership Team

Paul Power – Chief Executive Officer (Sydney)

Lucy Morgan – Information and Policy Coordinator (Sydney)

Rebecca Eckard – Research Coordinator (Melbourne) Louise Olliff – International Policy Coordinator (Melbourne)

Asher Hirsch – Policy Officer (Melbourne)

Eileen Wahab – Projects and Administration Manager (Sydney)

Rebecca Langton – Administration and Membership Manager (Sydney)

Effie Mitchell – Office Manager (Sydney)

Martyn Green – Accounting Officer (Sydney)

Names of Board Members

Executive: Phil Glendenning – President (Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Sydney)

Professor William Maley AM – Vice-President (individual member, Canberra)

Ali Nur – Secretary (individual member, Darwin) Nga Kwan – Treasurer (individual member, Sydney)

Sonia Caton – Chair (individual member, Brisbane)

Ordinary members: Lis de Vries (Red Cross, Melbourne) Abdul Karim Hekmat (Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, Sydney) Shayla Strapps (CASE for Refugees, Perth) Susan Harris-Rimmer (individual member, Canberra) Jenny Semple (South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre, Melbourne) Dr Melika Sheikh-Eldin (AMES Victoria) Bobby Whitfield (ProEmpowerment International, Brisbane)

Registration Information

ABN

87 956 673 083

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

In 2014, RCOA was stripped of its core government funding by the then Immigration Minister. In the past, we had regularly sought public financial support to continue and expand our work. Today, we rely almost entirely on the support of individual Australians who share our view that Australia can and must respond to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers with compassion and common sense.

Far from being silenced, with public support we have been able to intensify our research and advocacy work, expand several important community and public education initiatives and strive to become an even stronger national voice for refugees.

A generous gift can assist secure our future to continue our important and necessary work.

Please contact Rebecca Langton (02) 9211 9333 to discuss how you can assist.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members.

Formed in November 1981, RCOA is a non-profit, non-government organisation registered as an incorporated association in the Australian Capital Territory. It is funded through contributions from its members and by project grants from philanthropic bodies and government agencies.

The priority activities for RCOA are set by its members, as represented by an elected Board. RCOA’s own work is centred around five key areas: policy, support for refugees, support for its members, community education and administration. In addition, RCOA seeks funding for specific projects that directly relate to our objectives and enhance our capacity to serve the refugee community.

Our Beneficiaries

RCOA’s purpose is to work with its members in promoting the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and asylum seekers by Australian and other governments and their communities. In order to achieve this purpose, the Council pursues the following aims:

(a) To act as a unifying organisation and to represent its members.

(b) To promote the empowerment of refugee communities and individuals in Australia and internationally and support the capacity building of Australia’s refugee sector.

(c) To monitor, research and present information on issues relating to the needs and circumstances of refugees and asylum seekers.

(d) To assist governments and inter-governmental organisations to formulate policy and improve support and services for refugees and asylum seekers.

(e)To increase public awareness and media sensitivity towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Projects in Progress

RCOA have three main areas of focus: Research and policy analysis; advocacy and representation; and community education and awareness-raising.

Research and policy analysis: RCOA’s core purpose is to promote the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and asylum seekers. To inform our positions on policy matters, we undertake research into a wide variety of issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers.

Advocacy and representation: One of RCOA’s key roles as a peak body is to represent its members and advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. We engage with advocacy with the Australian Government and international bodies such as UNHCR through government dialogues on migration and human rights issues; regular correspondence with Government and UNHCR officials; national and state advisory committees; presenting evidence to parliamentary and international inquiries; regular meetings with politicians, government officials and representatives of UN and international agencies; and taking part in conferences and key international meetings on refugee and asylum issues.

Community education and awareness-raising: Misinformation and lack of awareness about the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers are key factors leading to negative opinions of these groups. Community education and awareness-raising are therefore key aspects of RCOA’s work.

Our People

Leadership Team

Paul Power – Chief Executive Officer (Sydney)

Lucy Morgan – Information and Policy Coordinator (Sydney)

Rebecca Eckard – Research Coordinator (Melbourne) Louise Olliff – International Policy Coordinator (Melbourne)

Asher Hirsch – Policy Officer (Melbourne)

Eileen Wahab – Projects and Administration Manager (Sydney)

Rebecca Langton – Administration and Membership Manager (Sydney)

Effie Mitchell – Office Manager (Sydney)

Martyn Green – Accounting Officer (Sydney)

Names of Board Members

Executive: Phil Glendenning – President (Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Sydney)

Professor William Maley AM – Vice-President (individual member, Canberra)

Ali Nur – Secretary (individual member, Darwin) Nga Kwan – Treasurer (individual member, Sydney)

Sonia Caton – Chair (individual member, Brisbane)

Ordinary members: Lis de Vries (Red Cross, Melbourne) Abdul Karim Hekmat (Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, Sydney) Shayla Strapps (CASE for Refugees, Perth) Susan Harris-Rimmer (individual member, Canberra) Jenny Semple (South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre, Melbourne) Dr Melika Sheikh-Eldin (AMES Victoria) Bobby Whitfield (ProEmpowerment International, Brisbane)

Registration Information

ABN

87 956 673 083

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

In 2014, RCOA was stripped of its core government funding by the then Immigration Minister. In the past, we had regularly sought public financial support to continue and expand our work. Today, we rely almost entirely on the support of individual Australians who share our view that Australia can and must respond to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers with compassion and common sense.

Far from being silenced, with public support we have been able to intensify our research and advocacy work, expand several important community and public education initiatives and strive to become an even stronger national voice for refugees.

A generous gift can assist secure our future to continue our important and necessary work.

Please contact Rebecca Langton (02) 9211 9333 to discuss how you can assist.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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