The Refugee Council of Australia and the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet) are proud to share the outcomes of the third annual conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public support, held on 19-20 February 2019. The conference, hosted by the University of South Australia in Adelaide, brought together a broad range of expertise from across the country and globally to directly discuss, share, learn and contribute to new understandings and solutions to current issues. Over the course of two days, the conference covered topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education and advocacy. These themes were explored through 17 diverse sessions with 70 speakers and over a total of 350 participants.
The 2019 conference continued to drive the conversation around a number of key issues that have been discussed in previous years as well as new challenges and solutions within the sector.
The theme for the 2019 conference was the refugee sector’s ‘Platform for Change’- our call for five key changes to Australian refugee policy;
- End offshore processing
- Treat people seeking asylum fairly
- End mandatory indefinite detention
- Do more to protect refugees in the world
- Work better with our neighbours
Read more about these themes and recommendations that were discussed in the 2019 Conference Report below.