On 19th and 20th February 2019, SCoA attended the Refugee Alternatives 2019 conference, held by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) in Adelaide. The two day conference was highly rewarding, and hosted a range of inspiring speakers. One of the highlights of the conference was the high proportion of speakers with lived experience sharing their expertise in a range of topics including refugee policy, advocacy, education and resettlement.
SCoA attended many thought-provoking sessions that explored key issues of xenophobia and racism, community sponsorship, regional resettlement, protection, understanding Australia’s role in the Asia Pacific, mental health, queering service provision and refugee employment.
SCoA also joined with RCOA, FECCA and NEDA to launch a new report on the support needs of refugees with a disability. This joint report reveals that despite policy improvements which have enabled more refugees with disabilities to settle in Australia, many people still face barriers to resettlement upon arrival.
To read more about the report, click here.