Refugee Alternatives Conference


  • 6 – 7 July 2021 
  • western Sydney University, Parramatta south
  • NSW

BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION Save the date for 2021!

In its fifth year, the conference is heading to the heart of Western Sydney. After the success of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane we were thrilled to return to NSW, in partnership with the Whitlam Institute to bring you Refugee Alternatives on 6 and 7 July 2021. 

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. 


To promote the development of humane and constructive policies

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.

STAYING SAFE IN 2021 Our COVID Safety Plan

For the past four years, the Refugee Alternatives Conference has been an important time for us to come together, to re-energise and engage in solutions focussed discussions. We are working towards being able to gather again in 2021.

Ensuring that we can do so safely is our priority. We are currently developing our COVID Safety Plan in conjunction with our event partners and the NSW Government guidelines. We will be keeping you updated on this event planning via this website and other Refugee Council media channels.

Conference survey: we would love to hear from you!

Each year the Refugee Alternatives Conference is driven by the collective energy of each and every person involved; from the months of planning with the advisory group and speakers, to

Conference Report 2020

We are thrilled to launch our conference report for Refugee Alternatives 2020. You can download the report via the link below. A full list of previous conferences can be found here.

Canberra Statement in support of LGBTIQ+ refugees 

Did you attend the Special Session on conference day two entitled, 'Queer Displacements: working towards safety and inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees'? Facilitated by Azlan AP, Tina

Become a sponsor

Find out how you can support the Western Sydney 2021


 Keen to get involved? We would love to hear from you.

Past conferences

Read about our past previous conferences

WHO HELPS US Our Sponsors

Co-Host & Event Partner


REACH US Getting There

Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus

Victoria Road, Rydalmere

Parramatta NSW 2150

For all conference queries please contact us at

Refugee Council of Australia head office

Suite 4A6, 410 Elizabeth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010 (02) 9211 9333 

By car: Take the James Ruse Drive exit off the M4. Entry is via Victoria Road.

By bus: Buses stop outside the campus on Victoria Road. Bus routes: M52, 520, 521, 523, 524 and 525.

By train: Rydalmere station is a 10-minute walk from the campus. 

By shuttlebus: Check the WSU Shuttle Bus Schedule for more information.

Take the James Ruse Drive exit off the M4. Entry is via Victoria Road.

Entrance to Parramatta South campus is via Victoria Road. Parking fees apply.


Get excited for next year Coming soon