Website Links   -   Information

 

WEBSITE LINKS:

The Kaldor Centre:

The Kaldor Centre for Refugee Law at UNSW    http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au 

Sign up for their regular informative Newsletters:    http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/newsletters

June 2019: Explore the full Kaldor Centre Principles for Australian Refugee Policy or read the summary and key priorities.

Mums 4 Refugees:

www.mums4refugees.org.au/about-us/                 https://www.facebook.com/mums4refugees/

Seeking the involvement and support of mothers from all cultural, social and political spectrums, who want to see a compassionate an inclusive approach taken... 

Asylum Seeker Centre Sydney:

https://asylumseekerscentre.org.au/contact-us

Address 43 Address:  43 Bedford Street, Newtown NSW 2042   -   Phone:  (02)  9078 1900

Asylum Seeker  Resource Centre Melbourne - Kon Karapanagiotidis:

www.asrc.org.au/

Based in Footscray Melbourne. Established for 15 years.  Australia's largest asylum seeker advocacy, aid and health organisation, promoting and protecting the human rights of asylum seekers. 

‘Words that Work’ initiative

The team at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is working with communities across Australia to shift attitudes by changing the way we talk about people seeking asylum.
In 2016 the ASRC developed a values-based conversation framework drawn from the ground breaking “Words that Work” research of communication expert Anat Shenker-Osorio. This research found that certain words and phrases have a positive impact on those who are undecided about the issue.
The Community Action Workshop presents this framework along with tools and strategies to open up conversations. It equips participants to speak more confidently about the rights of people seeking asylum. By sharing our values and experiences in conversation, we allow people space to make up their own minds, making a shift in attitudes more possible. asrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ASRC-Words-that-Work-4pp.pdf

bmrsg.org.au/events/persuasive-conversations/

Refugee Advice & Casework Service, Sydney https://www.racs.org.au/

Refugee Action Coalition:

www.refugeeaction.org.au      Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RAC) is a community activist organisation

Asylum Insight Facts & Analysis

http://www.asyluminsight.com/#/asylum-in-australia/ Comprehensive information relating to seeking asylum in Australia.          

Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

www.bmrsg.org.au

bmrsg.org.au/events/persuasive-conversations/

Refugee Council of Australia:

www.refugeecouncil.org.au/

Service Directories - https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/services/service-directories/

(See Refugee Council Resources for Students and Educators below)

 Save the Children Australia: www.savethechildren.org.au     

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:  www.unhcr.org.au

Australia for UNHCR https://www.unrefugees.org.au/about-us/our-organisation/

Ref World: www.refworld.org

UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/

Refugee Research Online provides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees. http://refugeeresearchonline.org/about/

Children out of Immigration Detention: www.chilout.org/ (Wound up in June 2018. This website has been left intact as an historical narrative of Chilout’s work.)  See current Facebook page @Chilout Revived

End Child Detention https://endchilddetentionoz.com/

Australian Medical Association - AMA: 

www.ama.com.au/position-statement/health-care-asylum-seekers-and-refugees-2011-revised-2015

Australian Human Rights Commission - AHRC:

https://www.humanrights.gov.au     -     Search - The Forgotten Children Report (National inquiry into children in immigration detention, 2014)

Australian Human Rights Institute: https://www.humanrights.unsw.edu.au/

UNSW Law - University of New South Wales- Sydney NSW 2052

Human Rights Law Centre:

www.hrlc.org.au

Melbourne based - an independent, not-for-profit organisation which protects and promotes human rights in Australia and beyond, through a strategic mix of legal action and advocacy. Facebook page: Human Rights Law Centre.

Human Rights Watch:

www.hrw.org

Amnesty International:

www.amnesty.org

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce:

www.acrt.com.au

United Nations Human Rights: Office of the High Commissioner www.ohchr.org

Department of Home Affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Nauru Government Information Office: www.naurugov.nr

Sanctuary Australia Foundation: www.sanctuaryaustraliafoundation.org.au

House of Welcome: https://www.stfrancis.org.au/

Refugee Support Services - St Vincent De Paul Society https://www.vinnies.org.au

VDSA - Valerio Daniel de Simoni Assoc. http://www.valeriodesimoni.org

These organisations also may have relevant material online -

Red Cross Australia

Mission Australia;

Caritas;

Salvation Army

 

FACEBOOK GROUPS

Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees

Nauru’s Refugees’ News

GADRC Melbourne

GADRC NSW

GADRC - Bendigo

Mums4Refugees

Free the Children NAURU

https://www.facebook.com/pg/HomeAmongtheGumTreesNSW/about/?ref=page_internal..Home Among the Gum Trees - Support for asylum seekers. Country Australians in NSW invite asylum seekers to holiday in rural and coastal towns.

RESOURCES  FOR  EDUCATORS  AND  STUDENTS

Refugee Council of Australia  (RCOA)   refugeecouncil.org.au

RCOA coordinates Refugee Week, which is Australia’s main annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).

Teacher Resources Kit refugeeweek.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/TeachersResourceKit2019.pdf


Get The Facts – Refugees in Australia: A quick guide (May 2019)      

refugeecouncil.org.au/quick-guide/

refugeecouncil.org.au/students/

refugeecouncil.org.au/teachers/


Info about films   

For example, ‘Journey beyond fear’ (2019) and ‘Island of Hungry Ghosts ‘(2019)

refugeecouncil.org.au/films/


‘Face to face program’ for primary and secondary schools, teachers and interested community groups in Sydney metropolitan, Wollongong region and Melbourne.               

Representative from RCOA and a speaker of refugee background present about the refugee experience.

1 hour interactive presentation or 2 hour workshop incorporating small group activities

refugeecouncil.org.au/schools-program/

refugeecouncil.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Face-to-face-brochure-NSW.pdf


Refugee Challenge    

The Refugee Challenge is an opportunity for high school students to walk in someone else’s shoes.                                 The students have a simulated refugee camp experience and a perilous journey in a leaky boat. 


Read more about the Refugee Challenge:

https://nsp.ssi.org.au/news-events/215-students-walk-a-mile-in-refugee-shoes

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/students-walk-a-mile-in-refugees-shoes/

https://www.ehs.nsw.edu.au/story-of-the-week-2/305-refugee-challenge

Contact for Refugee Challenge: Jenny Grey (Settlement & Multicultural Services Manager)                                                    at Gymea Community Aid & Information Service  gymeacommunityaid.org.au


T (02) 9524 9559     M 0481 552 155    E jenny.grey@gcais.ngo.org.au  




Refugee Youth Forum 

The Sutherland Shire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum (2017) was a youth-led program supported by Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, Settlement Services International, Jesuit Refugee Service, St Patrick’s College, Sydney Alliance and Sutherland Shire Council.


Students listened to personal stories of recently arrived refugees and people seeking asylum, then Q and A with professionals working with refugees, followed by an interactive drumming session.

Talk to your local councils about delivering similar Youth Forums.  

nsp.ssi.org.au/news-events/195-forum-opens-young-minds-to-transformative-social-change


Asylum Insight   asyluminsight.com/#/schools/

Asylum Insight's school resources provide facts on people seeking asylum and refugees for secondary students and their teachers.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees – The Facts (2019) – 30 page pdf booklet

  • What is seeking asylum?

  • What laws exist to manage issues?

  • How is Australia responding?

  • Going further


Roads to Refuge  roads-to-refuge.com.au/

Resources, interactive web program, teaching ideas, multicultural perspectives public speaking competition. Supported by UNSW Centre for Refugee Research  and NSW Department of Education .

roads-to-refuge.com.au/refugees-australia/getting-involved-schools.html#involved-schools


UNHCR  (global) 

UNHCR Teachers’ Tool kit: Teaching about Refugees (ages 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, 15-18)

Words Matter. Explainer animations.

unhcr.org/en-au/teaching-resources.html

unhcr.org/en-au/teaching-about-refugees.html


Australian Red Cross   

Refugee and asylum seeker facts and resources

redcross.org.au/refugees-facts   


Children’s books                                                                                                                             readings.com.au/collection/childrens-books-about-refugees-and-asylum-seekers


The Centre for Refugee Research , UNSW 

Celebration of Refugee Lives - Stories of Strength and Resilience (2008) arts.unsw.edu.au/media/FASSFile/CelebrationofRefugeeLivesBooklet.pdf



Asylum Seeker Resource Centre   (ASRC) asrc.org.au/

‘Words that Work’ initiative

The team at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is working with communities across Australia to shift attitudes by changing the way we talk about people seeking asylum.
In 2016 the ASRC developed a values-based conversation framework drawn from the ground breaking “Words that Work” research of communication expert Anat Shenker-Osorio. This research found that certain words and phrases have a positive impact on those who are undecided about the issue.
The Community Action Workshop presents this framework along with tools and strategies to open up conversations. It equips participants to speak more confidently about the rights of people seeking asylum. By sharing our values and experiences in conversation, we allow people space to make up their own minds, making a shift in attitudes more possible.

asrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ASRC-Words-that-Work-4pp.pdf

bmrsg.org.au/events/persuasive-conversations/

 

Reading List

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

www.unicef.org/crc/

AHRC Australian Human Rights Commission The Forgotten Children report 2016 update

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/sites/.../forgotten_children_2014.pdf

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Report August 2015

Taking responsibility: conditions and circumstances at Australia’s Regional Processing Centre in Nauru–

www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary.../Regional.../Regional.../Final_Report

Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers August 2012 https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/expert-panel-report.pdf

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Grandmother Diane Gosden's PhD thesis on the refugee movement 2001-2006

2012, 'I Had To Do Something. I Couldn't Do Nothing!': Citizen Action In Support Of Asylum Seekers In Australia, 2001-2006.   

School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. Available at: <www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?docId=unsworks_10624&vid=UNSWORKS>

Books

Jane McAdam & Fiona Chong - REFUGEE RIGHTS and POLICY WRONGS, A frank, up-to-date guide by experts, UNSW Press, 2019

Behrouz Boochani, NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAIN, Picador, 2018

Madeline Gleeson OFFSHORE – Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru, published by newsouth 2016

Claire Higgins, ASYLUM BY BOAT: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy, UNSW Press, 2017

Mark Isaacs, THE UNDESIRABLES: inside Nauru,  Hardie Grant books Melbourne 2014

Mark Isaacs, NAURU BURNING An uprising and its aftermath, editia.com, 2016

Daniel Ghezelbash, REFUGE LOST: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World, Cambridge University Press, 2018

Eva Orner, CHASING ASYLUM 2016

 

Other websites mentioned in Madeline Gleeson’s notes to her book Offshore

 https://newsroom.abf.gov.au/

https://treaties.un.org/

OTHER STATE-BASED ORGANISATIONS

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE QUEENSLAND

www.rac-qld.org/

The Refugee Action Collective Queensland is a broad group of concerned people from all walks of life dedicated to fighting for the rights of refugees and asylum.  Also on facebook.com.

refugee-rights.net/contact/refugee-action-collective-qld/

The Refugee Action Collective in Brisbane is a broad group of concerned people from all walks of life dedicated to fighting for the rights of refugees and asylum

 

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE (VIC)

rac-vic.org/

May 25, 2016 - We are fighting for humane refugee policy: no mandatory or. ... Refugee Action Coalition

www.refugeeaction.org.au‎

REFUGEE ACTION COMMITTEE CAMPAIGN (ACT) REFUGEEACTION.ORG/

Canberra based network seeking the fair and humane treatment of asylum seekers. Includes facts and analysis on the detention centres and the pacific solution ...

Refugee Rights Action Network WA rran.org/

 

INFORMATION:

The following is a list of links to further information sources as published on the ASRC website.