Improving policy, practice and public support

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 across 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. 

Over the course of the two days, participants from refugee backgrounds, academia, service provision, advocacy, policymaking, government and engaged individuals come together to collaborate and discuss policy and practice. We hope you can join us again in 2019. Stay tuned for the Save The Date announcement scheduled for mid-October 2018.

Registrations Open For Adelaide 2019!

Registrations open for Adelaide 2019!

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Alternatives 2019 will be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 19 - 20 February 2019. This is an incredible opportunity to build skills, to network with others working for…

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Conference Report 2018

Conference Report 2018

The Refugee Council of Australia and Melbourne Social Equity Institute are proud to share the outcomes of the second annual conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving policy, practice and public support, held 13-14 February 2018. The two-day conference, hosted at the University…

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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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 Applications for the 2019 team will open soon – watch this space!


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

Past Conferences

Find out about our past events in 2017 and 2018


Explore this the 2018 Program and stay tuned for 2019 updates.

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.

If you would like more information about any sponsorship or the work of RCOA, please don’t hesitate to contact Georgie McGrillen at or (02) 9211 9333

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