Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

Public Meeting: The Nightmare of Offshore Detention

Public Meeting: The Nightmare of Offshore Detention

The Nightmare of Offshore Detention
Forum: 25th November 6:30pm Multicultural Hub – 506 Elizabeth St City, opposite Vic Markets
Aoife Reddy (Former Salvo worker on Nauru)
Mohammad Baqiri (Refugee detained on Nauru under John Howard)
Hayley Byrnes (Former teacher on Manus Island)

Currently asylum-seekers arriving by boat to Australia are processed offshore. As of Friday Oct 20 there were 1061 asylum-seekers on Manus Island, 827 on Nauru and 2211 on Christmas Island. Conditions on Nauru and Manus Island are atrocious and include overcrowding, poor health facilities, high risks of malaria, skin diseases, and the trauma of long periods of detention. Pregnant women are among those on Nauru despite its high temperatures and infant
mortality rate. On Manus Island and Nauru, asylum seekers are living in tents, with little shelter from the heat of 50 degree days. This has led to suicide attempts, asylum-seekers being flown back to Australia for treatment, and tensions between asylum-seekers and guards. Contrary to government rhetoric asylum seekers have been moved to Australia. Offshore processing is necessarily harsh, as it is predicated on deterring asylum seekers. Come along to this meeting to
hear first hand of the conditions inside offshore detention centres, and why we need to end mandatory offshore detention.

For more info contact Eliot on 0413 479 865

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