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Community Leadership Program

People with lived experience are invited to participate in our three-day program to develop skills to advocate the issues affecting their communities.


Right now, Australia has a legacy caseload of 30,000 refugees who arrived under the last Labor government and were deemed, Illegal Maritime Entrants. These refugees have been refused permission to apply for permanent residency, forcing them to live on TPVs and SHEVs which need to be constantly reviewed. They constantly live in fear of deportation, fear of not being able to ever reconnect with their families and fear of not being able to contribute socially and economically. They need your help!

A need for public disclosure and for their communities to be aware of the limitations and restrictions they are facing because of Australia’s cruel refugee policies, to shift political powers.

Being locked out of our healthcare and social security systems means legacy caseload refugees MUST work to support themselves. But as the pandemic hit, we’re hearing reports of many who have found themselves without work, or with drastically reduced hours.

Everyone should have access to healthcare and social security, regardless of their refugee status - and the need for these services is heightened in a pandemic.

It's time for a permanent solution to this problem.


By participating in this program, participants can be a part of the movement for human rights for refugees. After the program, Refugee Voices will provide support to the graduated participants to take part in public talks, media activities and advocacy events, providing opportunities to put new skills into practice while growing their networks across Australia.

Our primary goal is to build the skills of members with lived experience and those from the legacy caseload community to advocate for a change to government policy.

Participants will learn about:

  • the Australian political system and history of racism;

  • organising and mobilising communities to take action to shift decision-makers;

  • storytelling;

  • media skills.

Our secondary goal is to build community support. By empowering the community and building broader community support around them, we will pressure the government to allow the legacy caseload to apply for permanent residency.

Together, we will use storytelling and advocacy to highlight legacy caseload refugees to apply for permanent residency to benefit the wider community, businesses and the economy.


Workshop dates:

Saturday 24th October

Sunday 25th October

Saturday 31st October

How to Apply

If you are someone with lived experience or are living on TPV or SHEV visa, please apply by clicking on the link here.


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