The Refugee Council of Australia is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has approximately 200 organisational and over 300 individual members.
Formed in November 1981, RCOA is a non-profit, non-government organisation registered as an incorporated association in the Australian Capital Territory. It is funded through contributions from its members and by project grants from philanthropic bodies and government agencies. The priority activities for RCOA are set by its members, as represented by an elected Board.
RCOA’s own work is centred around five key areas: policy, support for refugees, support for its members, community education and administration. In addition, RCOA seeks funding for specific projects that directly relate to our objectives and enhance our capacity to serve the refugee community.
The Refugee Council of Australia is a meeting place for everyone interested in working with and supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. As a national peak body, we play a key role in connecting people to each other: refugees and people seeking asylum, members who work with and support them, friends and fellow travellers in all walks of life, and the general public.