Refugee Sector News

Until when: The forgotten men of Manus Island 
RCOA & Amnesty Report – 21 November 2018 

RCOA & ASRC Report 2018

Refugee Council of Australia 

  • Refugee Rights’ Movement Coordination & Collaboration

Throughout 2017 we worked to develop a joint policy platform which articulates our vision and policy objectives.
Our next step is to travel the country, working with our members and supporters to develop plans for how we might enact these strategies across the country. We are calling this our Champions For Change Program. Sign up to keep updated with Champions For Change.


  • Stepping Stones: Small Business Training

City of Melbourne is working with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Brotherhood of St. Laurence and AMES Australia to deliver “Stepping Stones”, a 15 week course that will empower 25 people to set up their own small businesses. Information here

  • Symbols of Hope

Symbols of Hope is a pilot program which aims to empower people who have fallen through the gaps in the system by providing community driven scholarships. The scholarships will be offered initially in conjunction with services provided by the Asylum Seeker Project, run by the Salvation Army in Auburn, Sydney.  Information here

T-shirts by Kurdish artist Farhad Bandesh

Farhad has been imprisoned on Manus Island almost 5 years. His artwork can be printed on to T-Shirts – and would make a powerful statement for the Five Years Too Long rallies on and around 19 July. Several designs to choose from – see the designs here.

Farhad writes (from his facebook page) – Hi everyone
You can now order these art designs of mine for t-shirts! Include the text or just the art work.
T-shirts – $35 each or for 10 or more – $30 each­ includes T-shirts and printing.
100% ethically produced – non-sweatshop, no exploitation of children or workers.
Please include $4.95 postage/handling for orders of 5 or less
Orders are more than 5 – additional postage and handling will be calculated. Please allow up to 14 days for delivery.

You can order by contacting Farhad on Facebook at: