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Improving policy, practice and public support

This two day conference, hosted by Refugee Council of Australia in conjunction with UNSW, brought together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education; advocacy; and unity from across the country and across the globe. The highlight was the extensive and complimentary expertise brought to the Conference discussions, notably and vitally, that of lived experience.

‘With Hope, Not Fear’

'With hope, not fear'

The Refugee Council of Australia and UNSW Sydney Grand Challenges are delighted to share highlights from the inaugural conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support, held 22- 23 February 2017. The Conference gave an opportunity to discuss,…

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Australian And International Responses Panel

Australian and international responses panel

Australian and international responses to refugees: Speakers reflect on the current responses to Australian policy nationally and in the region, as well as reflections on international policy. Within the context of the current and global responses, speakers shared their…

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Conference Presentations Will Be Shared

Conference presentations will be shared

We are finalising permission with speakers to share their presentations where possible. We expect to be able to publish all these by mid March.

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Academic Symposium

The Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW, will be hosting an Academic Symposium to compliment the Conference

The power of storytelling

Learn from speakers with lived experience and others in the sector and academia

Global Refugee Policy

See the Program to learn about Opportunities to shape the global compact on refugees, and more

Thanks to volunteers

Sincere thanks to the wonderful group of volunteers

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This is an opportunity to gain exposure to an audience of hundreds of attendees at the conference and thousands of engaged and interested people who will be visiting the website and associated events.

Please see the sponsorship opportunities available. If you would like more information about any sponsorship or the work of RCOA, please don’t hesitate to contact Ewan Isbister at or on (02) 9211 9333.

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