Refugee Week 2016 – Sunday 19 June to Saturday 25 June 2016

Refugee Week at a glance

Refugee week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.  Hundreds of events are held up and down the country, including concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and more.  Refugee Week 2015 was our biggest celebration yet, but we expect 2016 to be bigger and better still!

See messages from last year celebration or watch 2015 full video with more details about all past celebrations by visiting Past Celebrations.

Latest News

Refugee Week Bulletin 23 June 2016

June 23 2016 Refugee Week Bulletin View this email in your browser Refugee Week 2016: Off to a Flying Start! Wow - what a start to the biggest Refugee Week that Australia has ever seen! We at the Refugee Council of…

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THANK YOU for attending the first ever Festival of Welcome!

Thank you for attending the Festival of Welcome View this email in your browser THANK YOU  for attending the first ever Festival of Welcome! Thank you so much for coming along and helping us to make the first ever Festival of…

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Refugee Week Bulletin 15 June 2016

June 15 2016 Refugee Week Bulletin View this email in your browser Refugee Week : 19-25 June 2016: It's the final countdown! It's such an exciting time here at the Refugee Council of Australia headquarters. Refugee Week is just around the corner…

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More information

The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen “With courage let us all combine” as the theme for Refugee Week in Australia for 2015 to 2017.

Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.

It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

Edithvale Surf Life Saving Club hosts a training day for young Afghani men.  Imtiyaz 'Minty' Saberi (right) had to help in a real life rescue when one of the  boys from Afghanistan took in too much water in the swim.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. March 17 2013.

Refugee Week Ambassadors are individuals who are either from a refugee background or who have an interest in and understanding of refugee and migrant issues in Australia.

Their role is to promote Refugee Week, its aims and objectives.


See details of the official Refugee Week launches in NSW and VIC.


There are several levels of sponsorship available.

All levels of support are greatly appreciated and make an important contribution to the success of Refugee Week.


get involved

The founder of the Refugee Week Initiative, the Refugee Council of Australia, is a small, not-for-profit organisation and relies on public financial support to continue its vital work in research, education and advocacy.

Donations to the RCOA are tax-deductible.