Thanks to everyone who came to

Refugee Alternatives 2020

  • 13 – 14 FEBRUARY


In its fourth year, the conference headed north to the Sunshine State. After Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, we were thrilled to partner with QUT (Queensland University of Technology) to present the conference in Brisbane.

The Refugee Alternatives Conference brings together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement, protection, cooperation, wellbeing, resilience, education, advocacy and unity from across the country and around the globe. By partnering with those that are best placed to find solutions to current issues, the Refugee Alternatives Conference is an important event that engages the vast knowledge and expertise of those with lived experiences. 

Gabriel rapping
Conference MC Gabriel Akon (DyspOra), Adelaide 2019


Working together with and for refugees

Over the course of the two days, participants from refugee backgrounds, academia, service provision, advocacy, policymaking, government and engaged individuals came together to collaborate and discuss policy and practice.

THE CONFERENCE THEME 2020 The Challenge of Change

This year’s conference theme emboldened us to rise to the challenge of maximising our potential for change, within the current hostile policy landscape. At Refugee Alternatives 2020, we came together to brainstorm how to bring about a humane approach to refugees and people seeking asylum, led by the people who have lived this experience first-hand. We  challenged ourselves as individuals and as a movement to move beyond business as usual, to forge new alternatives and to make them a reality.

Want to learn to how the government to account?

In November last year, RCOA published a study of how the refugee sector has engaged with a suite of mechanisms established to keep the executive government accountable. The mechanisms considered

Steps We're Taking to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

This year, we meet in the Sunshine State - a place of outstanding natural beauty, home to a stunning array of islands, reefs, lakes, forests and mountains. At a time

Morning Side Session: Supporting Asia-Pacific Refugee Advocacy – How You Can Get Involved

As Australia pushes responsibility for protecting refugees back into Asia for someone else to deal with, how can you respond? The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (Australia, New Zealand and

THANKS TO OUR Event Speakers

Aamir Ali

Hope Co-Op

Amiel Nubaha

Thousand Hills Inspire, Rwandan Association of Queensland

Ana Pocrnjic

Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)

Anne Hilton

Communify, Asylum Circle

Apolina Balebanga

Multicultural Youth Australia

Arash Bordbar

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Cyprien Ntezimana

Rwandan Association of Queensland

Daniel Zingifuaboro

Council of South Sudanese Communities in QLD

Daniel Daylight

Just Reinvest NSW

Dominic Golding

National Ethnic Disability Alliance: NEDA

Donata Sackey

Mater Refugee Health

Elizabeth Niyokushima

Mater Refugee Health Advisory Group

Emmanuel Musoni

Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (GLAPDI)

Evan Jones

Asylum Access Malaysia

Farhad Arian

National Refugee Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG)

Graham Thom

Amnesty International Australia

Guled Mire

Community Advocate, Writer, Speaker, Third Culture Minds

Gulnara Abbasova

Harmony Alliance

Hafsar Tameesuddin

Human Rights Defender, Refugee Representative & Refugee Rights Activist

Isaiah Sines

Just Reinvest NSW

Jeanette Fabila

Cultural Consultant, Performer, Trainer

Joseph Youhana

National Refugee Led Advisory & Advocacy Group (NRAAG)

Kelly Nicholls

Refugee Council of Australia

Kelly Sibanda

Multicultural Australia

Laura Stacey

Refugee Council of Australia

Louise Aubin

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Magdalena Kuyang

Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)

Manal Younus

Writer, Spoken Word Artist, Advocate

Mashael Suliman

Independent Age Care Tutor

Mengistu Hailu

Romero Centre

Mia-lia Boua Kiernan

International Detention Coalition

Mireille Kayeye

Jesuit Social Services

Muzafar Ali

Cisarua Learning

Nick McGuire

Logan City Council

Nishadh Rego

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia

Peta Marks

Federal Loves Refugees

Om Dhungel

RCAN NSW, Om Dhungel Consulting

Rebecca Eckard

Refugee Council of Australia

Rebecca Langton

Refugee Council of Australia

Renee Dixson

Queer Sisterhood Project

Rhanna Collins

National Indigenous Television (NITV)

Rnita Dacho

Refugee Council of Australia

Sally Baker

Refugee Education Special Interest Group

Sally Morgan

HOPE Co-Op Secretary, Refugee Education Special Interest Group (RESIG)

Savitri Taylor

La Trobe University

Sediqa Karimi

Mater Refugee Community Advisory Group, MIPH. RN. BSc.

Shabnam Safa

National Refugee Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG)

Shankar Kasynathan

Amnesty International Australia

Shukufa Tahiri

Refugee Council of Australia

Stefan Armbruster

SBS World News

Tina Dixson

Queer Sisterhood Project

Vicky Jacobson

Refugee Health Network QLD

Wayne Briscoe

Queensland Government Department of Local Government, Racing & Multicultural Affairs

Yama Choezom

Settlement Services International (SSI)

Zaki Haidari

Community Representative

Zita Ngor

Women's Legal Service (SA)

Past conferences

Find out about our past events in 2017, 2018, and 2019


 Applications for the 2020 team are now open - apply today!

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Major Partners





Jesuit Social Services logo
Foundation House logo with image of white house on purple circle


mater with a colourful crucifix logo
AMRC Australian Multicultural Migrant Resource Centre logo
Refugee Health Network Queensland logo
Romero Multicultural Hub logo
iSEAT logo with URL

In memory of
Michele Ann Harris OAM

REACH US Getting There

QUT Garden Points Campus

2 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Conference queries


Refugee Council of Australia head office

Suite 4A6, 410 Elizabeth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone:  (02) 9211 9333 


You can travel to and from Gardens Point by bus, train, CityCat (ferry) or taxi.

The campus has its own CityCat stop, and is a short walk from Central and South Bank train stations, and King George Square and Queen Street bus stations.

All public transport in South-East Queensland is run by TransLink.

Brisbane is a very walkable city and has an extensive ferry (CityCat) and bus system.
We recommend delegates use public transport to travel into the city if possible. You can find more information about public transport options from Translink.
Some nearby parking options include:

it's over for now But come back next year!