Permanent visas for all refugees

The decision to finally allow refugees on TPVs and SHEVs permanent visas is very welcome—but the fight for permanent visas for all is far from over.


Offshore detention not over

There are still just over 150 refugees stranded in PNG and Nauru, and 1200 more offshore refugees now in Australia still being told Australia is not an option for them

Press releases

Sudanese refugees arrested in Makassar, Indonesia

Indonesia immigration and police have arrested around 12 Sudanese refugees (including two children) who had been holding a peaceful, indefinite protest vigil outside the UNHCR offices in Makassar, Indonesia.

Grave concerns for Melbourne detention hunger striker

The Refugee Action Coalition has grave concerns for the welfare of “Mahdi” an Iranian asylum seeker now in his 23nd day on hunger strike in Melbourne’s detention centre, MITA.

Despite the Sudanese crisis, Labor is leaving Sudanese refugees behind

The more than 500 Sudanese refugees in Indonesia are one of the groups that have been left behind by the Labor government’s budget failure to increase the humanitarian refugee intake or end the ban on accepting refugees from Indonesia.

Desperate PNG refugee attempts self-immolation after years of neglect

A 46-year-old Iranian refugee doused himself, and an office, in petrol yesterday morning threatening to set himself alight.

Government must stop its immigration re-detention raids

Having introduced laws to over-turn the legal decision last December that saw 163 people released from immigration detention, the government has begun re-detaining people.

Permanent visas welcome but Labor must end limbo for all refugees

The long-awaited announcement that Labor will grant permanent visas to 19,000 refugees surviving on temporary visas is a welcome step to fulfilling their election promises. But much more is needed.

Forum: The Biloela family and the refugees left behind

Priya Murugappan (via Zoom from Biloela)
Moz Azimitabar (Manus survivor)

6pm Monday 29 May, NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills
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Who are we?

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RAC) is a community activist organisation campaigning for the rights of refugees in Australia since 1999. We oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing, and campaign for refugees to be welcomed in Australia. We mount public rallies and organise information stalls and public forums on refugee issues. Our events are widely reported and our members are regularly quoted in the media.

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RAC meets fortnightly on Mondays at 6pm at Level 1, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills at the NSW Teachers Federation building, walking distance from Central station. All welcome. Next meetings 6pm Monday 13 February and 27 Februray 2023.