Refugee Week 2017 Wrap

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Refugee Week 2017!

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Refugee Week 2018

Sunday June 17th –Saturday 23rd June 2018

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Save the Date for Refugee Week 2018

Sunday June 17 – Saturday 23 June 2018

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Refugee Week 2017

Refugee Week 2017

Refugee Week 2017 was officially Australia’s biggest to date, with over 500 events celebrated across the country in every state and territory. Film screenings, art exhibitions, circus performances, public storytelling, music festivals, comedy galas, poetry slams, fashion shows, a…

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Life Is Waiting: Resistance And Referendum In Western Sahara

Life is Waiting: Resistance and Referendum in Western Sahara

This is the incredible tale of the protest movement in Western Sahara, told through the work of spoken word artists and musicians. Followed by a Q&A with the Australian Western Sahara Association. Book to join us here:

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Film Festival Update

Film Festival Update

Australia’s first ever Refugee Film Festival launches this week with screenings in Sydney and Melbourne. We are excited to present a magnificent line up of films and speakers to celebrate  Refugee Week 2017. Screenings will be held at the State…

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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 2017, hundreds of events were held up and down the country, including concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and more. 2017 was our biggest and most vibrant celebration to date!

Watch the video of the Festival of Welcome held at Federation Square in Melbourne during Refugee Week 2017 and see more details about all past celebrations by visiting Past Celebrations.

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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.