Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

Put Out a Welcome Mat for Refugees: 7 December

It’s time to end the hate; it’s time to stand up against the racism; it’s time to welcome refugees. On December 7, be a part of ‘Put out a Welcome Mat for Refugees Day’. Join with thousands of Melbournians to tell Tony Abbott and his government that enough is enough – it’s time to put out a welcome mat for refugees. Help make sure that on December 7, Melbourne is awash with messages that call for the government to put out the welcome mat for refugees.


  • Chalk/poster/leaflet/letterbox streets and train stations in your neighbourhood in the lead up to, and/or on, December 7 – DISPLAY POSTERS AVAILABLE HERE
  •  Approach neighbourhood centres/businesses/workplaces to display welcome posters in the lead up to, and on, December 7th.


  • Come to the launch, 10am State Library Melbourne, December 7. Bring your own welcome mats and messages calling for welcome centres, not detention centres!
  • Publicise the launch – event posters here RAC – welcome mat A4  &   RAC – welcome mat- A5 small size
  • Stay in touch with the event through the Facebook event
  •  Share what you plan to do by leaving a comment below.
  •  Shower your neighbourhood with messages calling on the government to welcome refugees!
  •  Take photos of the welcome messages and put them on instagram (details to come soon).

What would it take for our government to genuinely put out a welcome mat for refugees?

Our Welcome Mats symbolise a call to:
i) Turn detention centres into welcome centres- replace mandatory detention with resettlement support and community services;
ii) Process and resettle refugees in Australia- close offshore processing camps on Nauru and Manus Island;
(iii) Ensure that refugees are granted permanent, not temporary protection;
(iv) Ensure all asylum seekers have the right to work;
(v) End all forced deportations to danger;
(vi) It is no crime to seek asylum, it should be no crime to bring the boats;
(vii) Invest the $8 billion dollars set to be wasted on detention and offshore processing over the next four years into health, education and community services for all of us, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Event poster


Amnesty International Australia Refugee Network (Vic),

Australian Churches Refugees Taskforce

Victorian Greens

Radical Women

Take Action for Refugee Rights – JOIN THE PROTEST Converge on Canberra

Take Action for Refugee Rights – JOIN THE PROTEST Converge on Canberra

Confirmed! Monday 18 November, 11am

book tickets here

The bus will leave Melbourne at 10pm Sunday 17 November and return to Melbourne by 11.30pm on Monday 18 November. Tix $60 conc. $100 full fare $120 solidarity


The Coalition government have made asylum seekers and refugees their first target. During their first sitting of parliament, refugee supporters from around Australia will converge outside to show them it won’t be tolerated. Be one of them!Give Abbott the welcome he deserves during the opening session of parliament!• Permanent not temporary protection visas
• Close all offshore and onshore detention centres
• Don’t cut the refugee quota
• A fair legal process for all refugee claims
• Right to work for asylum seekers
• Resettle refugees from our region
• No deportations of asylum seekers
Email Phone 0409 252 673 for more info More
Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting – Sat Nov 9, 1pm @ ANMF House

Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting – Sat Nov 9, 1pm @ ANMF House

Sat Nov 9 1pm @ ANMF House 540 Elisabeth St City

Beat Back Abbott’s attacks!

The Refugee Action Collective (VIC) invites you to a:
Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting

In the aftermath of the election of the Coalition government, the Refugee Action Collective is calling a strategy meeting of unionists and refugee activists.

The Coalition has put attacks on refugees at the front and centre of its policies – and is proposing to introduce a raft of draconian anti-refugee policies, in part as a diversion from the rest of its unpopular, and anti-union agenda.

The aim of the meeting is to have an initial discussion about how to build more effective networks between unionists and refugee activists, in order to build greater support for the refugee campaign.

Various unions and the ACTU already have come out in support of refugees. The challenge is to more actively mobilise union members within the refugee movement.
– Kevin Bracken, MUA Victorian Branch Secretary
– Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President
Discussion on:
– Campaign priorities and strategies
– Building union rank and file networks of refugee supporters

For more info call:
Chris 0403 013 183 or
Jess 0424 421 329