The Refugee Council of Australia invited input on its annual consultations on the future of Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program. Many St Vincent de Paul Society members have attended the Council’s various face-to-face consultations around Australia. We also welcome the opportunity to contribute this written submission on the questions raised in the Council’s discussion paper.

The Society thanks the Refugee Council of Australia for conducting these community consultations. We share the commitment to refugees and asylum seekers, as particularly vulnerable members of our global society, and we appreciate the chance to participate in this conversation.