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19 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia's big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to regional parts of Queensland have run into problems getting a job. Only one in five are employed, and some have abandoned their initial plans and moved to a large city.

17 Jun 2018 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCaroline Lenette Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Storytelling is innate to humans. For millennia, ever since cave paintings were used to record practices, storytelling in all its different forms and genres has contributed to rich cultural traditions from one generation to the next.

07 May 2018 description

There are thousands of people seeking asylum living in the Australian community. Some of these people have come to Australia by plane, and sought asylum afterwards. Some of them have come to Australia by boat. The way they came affects whether they are detained, the conditions of their visas, and how their claim for protection is determined.

It also affects the way statistics are reported. There are very few current statistics on people who came by plane. There are more detailed statistics on people who came by boat, but its publication has varied over time.

04 May 2018 description

Sydney, 4 May 2018 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia, Jesuit Social Services, and the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) recently released a joint statement on the Australian government’s intent to reduce access to Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) for people seeking asylum in Australia. 

27th April 2018 

A Joint Catholic Statement on SRSS Income Cuts for People Seeking Asylum in Australia 

19 Apr 2018 description

Malaria remains a health security threat for many in our region. Today at the Malaria Summit High-Level Panel Discussion at CHOGM in London, I announced three new initiatives as part of our goal to eliminate malaria in the Indo-Pacific by 2030.

In July 2018, Melbourne will host the first Malaria World Congress (MWC) to boost cooperation, innovation and action for malaria elimination.

02 Feb 2018 description

Today I announce a pledge of $90 million by the Australian Government to support quality and inclusive education worldwide through the Global Partnership for Education.

This pledge forms part of Australia’s commitment to ensuring more children, particularly girls and children with disabilities, participate in school for longer and acquire the skills they need to build their future.

20 Nov 2017 description

Increasing Mental Health Awareness in Refugee Status Determination

By UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 20 November 2017

16 Oct 2017 description

Australia was elected overnight by a majority of United Nations member states to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights Council, the world’s peak body for promoting and protecting human rights.

17 Aug 2017 description

The mental health of refugees and asylum-seekers is a critical part of their overall well-being, and an important factor in their positive integration into a new community.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, convened a multi-stakeholder Expert Roundtable on Mental Health in Refugee Status Determination in Australia during June 2017, bringing together medical professionals and psychologists, academics, officials of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal including the Immigration Assessment Authority.

20 Jun 2017 description

World Refugee Day is a chance to celebrate Australia's Humanitarian Programme and focus on the great contribution humanitarian entrants make to Australia.

Australia is one of the few countries in the world to welcome Yazidi refugees who were facing genocide at the hands ISIS because of their religious beliefs. Since settling in regional New South Wales they have embraced and adopted the Australian way of life.

12 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session 6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the comments by the State on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants on his mission to Australia and the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru.

Response to recommendations

09 May 2017 description

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, on his mission to Australia and the regional processing centres in Nauru from 1 to 18 November 2016.

09 May 2017 description

Commenting on the aid budget, following the lock-up at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, said:

“Off the back of swinging cuts worth $11.3bn over the last four years, the aid budget is set to decline yet again. This is a further cut of over $300m over four years.

05 Mar 2017 description

Summary of key points and recommendations

Strategic Priority 1: Values-based diplomacy and Australia’s aid and development

Key points

1. There is a set of resilient, Australian values that will resonate with the majority of Australians and will motivate Australian society to see itself as having an open-minded, generous, outward-facing approach to the world. Australia’s foreign policy will have the support of the public when it reflects and projects those values.

22 Feb 2017 description

Lawyers in Australia taking a class action on behalf of Manus Island detainees say the case will determine whether their detention amounts to false imprisonment.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

22 Feb 2017 description


The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful integration of refugee communities.

This report reflects what we have heard from refugees and people seeking asylum, and the people supporting them. We thank all of the people who contributed to this report.

07 Feb 2017 description

Joint Statement on Refugees

We, as a coalition of organisations and community groups from around Australia, are writing to express our concern regarding the humanitarian crisis that Australia has created.

Successive Australian governments have managed and funded offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. The people detained there are clearly Australia’s responsibility. This situation has reached crisis point, and immediate action must be taken.

24 Jan 2017 description


Janet Phillips Social Policy Section