Refugee Week 2017 – Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June 2017

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Refugee Week 2017: Poster Revealed

Refugee Week 2017: Poster Revealed

We are delighted to reveal the 2017 Refugee Week poster image! This year’s poster features Hani Abdile and Ravi Prasad from Sydney café Parliament on King. Ravi set up the café in his front room to train people seeking…

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Refugee Week 2017 Update

Refugee Week 2017 Update

In 2017, we’re building on this huge community support to make Refugee Week even better than last year. Planning for welcome dinners, festivals, public storytelling and much more is already underway. Every day and in every state and territory,…

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First Ever Refugee Film Festival

First Ever Refugee Film Festival

The Refugee Council of Australia launched Australia’s first ever Refugee Film Festival on Friday, 4th November 2016. The sell-out event took place at Melbourne’s Federation Square with a special screening of Constance on the Edge. Tim O’Connor, Acting CEO…

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Refugee Week at a glance

Refugee week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.  In 2016, hundreds of events were held up and down the country, including concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and more.  Refugee Week 2016 was our biggest celebration yet, but we expect 2017 to be bigger and better still!  Stay tuned for all the key events in 2017.

Watch the Refugee Week 2015 video and see more details about all past celebrations by visiting Past Celebrations.

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.


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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.