Improving policy, practice and public support

This two day conference, hosted by Refugee Council of Australia in conjunction with the University of Melbourne will again bring 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. This Conference will continue to highlight the extensive and complimentary expertise brought to the Conference discussions, notably and vitally, that of lived experience.

Watch This Space…

Watch this space...

This Refugee Alternatives website will remain active as we prepare the reports from the Conference. An overview and full report will be published on this website. We anticipate this to be by the end of March and will keep…

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Speakers & Moderators

Speakers & Moderators

To all the Speakers and Moderators at the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2o18 - a huge thank you to each and every one of you from the Melbourne Social Equity Institue and Refugee Council of Australia. You are the people…

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Team #AltRefugee 2018!

Team #AltRefugee 2018!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to an extraordinary group of individuals who graciously gave their time and energy to help make Refugee Alternatives 2018 happen. Our extraordinary volunteer team were onsite each conference day from 7am to…

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Research Workshop

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is hosting a one-day research workshop on Monday 12 February.


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

2017 Report

See the Outcomes from the February 2017 Conference plus the Supplementary report.


See the Program overview to plan your time at the 2018 Conference.

get involved

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.

To make a online donation by credit card using our secure donations system.