Right of asylum


Sri Lankan refugees v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Immigration & Citizenship): report of an inquiry into complaints by Sri Lankan refugees in immigration detention with adverse security assessments

This is a report setting out the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission following an inquiry into a complaint alleging a breach of their human rights made against the Commonwealth of Australia by 10 adult Sri Lankan refugees in immigration detention with adverse security...

Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network: final report

On 16 June 2011 the Parliament established the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network. Chapter 1 sets out the administrative arrangements for the inquiry and outlines the roles of the key organisations and government agencies involved in the immigration detention network. Chapter 2...

Australian Government spending on irregular maritime arrivals and counter-people smuggling activity

There has been much discussion in both the media and political debate in recent times about the substantial and rising costs to the Australian Government of intercepting, detaining and processing asylum seekers arriving by boat. Criticism of these costs has come from many quarters, including...

Speaking up in international discussions on refugee protection

How should we shape the Global Compact on Refugees and what does this mean for states, civil society, refugee and host communities and others? These questions were the focus of international discussions in Geneva in June 2017.
Policy report

Eroding our identity as a generous nation

This report outlines the issues and concerns about Australia’s asylum policies and practices that RCOA gathered in 2014 and 2015. It provides an overview of the issues that people seeking asylum themselves have raised, as well as concerns communicated by individuals and agencies supporting people...

State of the nation: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia

The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful...

The benefit of the doubt: improving the procedures for determining the age of asylum seeker children

Age determination is the gateway to child-friendly asylum. This report is recommended reading for all those who are engaged with the struggle – for that is what it still is, in many jurisdictions – to ensure child-sensitive protection frameworks are in place, functioning and accessible...
Blog post

What next for the refugees and failed asylum seekers on Manus Island?

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.

Removing seriously ill asylum seekers from Australia

Asylum seekers go through an extensive assessment process in Australia. Those who are found not to be refugees are removed from Australia by process of law. For those who are seriously ill, removal is a particularly distressing event, leading to a future heavy with the...

A global compact on refugees: the role of Australia

This report argues that Australia has a vested interest and particular experience and expertise to contribute to the Global Compact on Refugees in order to institute a more effective and equitable response to asylum seekers and refugees.