Refugee resources for action

Materials including current actions, posters, films and photo exhibitions to help you campaign effectively in your community about refugee rights.

What’s on this page?

  • Our current petition
  • A solidarity action
  • Posters and flyers
  • Films you can screen in your community
  • Two photo exhibitions
  • Short videos

Current petition

The pressure is mounting on the Australian government to take on it’s fair share of global responsibility for refugees. We are calling on them to increase the annual refugee intake to 30,000 people every year.

Solidarity action

Share a message of solidarity to support refugees and people seeking asylum who are on Manus Island, Nauru or detained in Australia.

Here is how you share messages of solidarity:

  1. Download these Stay safe, stay strong posters.
  2. Ask people to take a photo or video of themselves holding the poster. If the person is from a business, sports club or community group, be sure to get their organisation’s signage in the background!
  3. Ask them to upload their photo to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #StaySafeStayStrong.
  4. If the person is a representative of a business, sports club or community group record their details in this solidarity pledge form. You can use this sign up form for your stall tables.

People on Manus Island and Nauru will then be able to read messages of hope from all around Australia.

Posters and flyers

You can use these posters and flyers at your community events, stalls and rallies.

Screen a film

Screening a film is a powerful way of taking people on a journey, of allowing them the time and space to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Every film has a different story that will resonate with different people.

The three films available are suitable for different audiences: the ‘persuadables’ and rusted on supporters. Before you pick a film think about which groups of people you are trying to talk to and why.

1. Cast from the Storm

This is a positive film for a persuadable audience, it’s sad, happy, hopeful and will build connection between them and the kids.

Asfar, Maryam and Wiam face the usual challenges of navigating high school – with one difference. They were forced to leave their home countries and everything they knew behind. Now in Australia, they must start not only a new school, in a new country – but also a new life.

Check out the trailer here.

Contact your local Action Centre for a copy of this film for your community screening.

Use these materials to promote your screening: film poster and these postcards for the kids involved: AliAsfarOmidSally and Yasser.

2. Freedom stories

This is another film for the persuadables.

Freedom Stories explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001, a defining year in Australian politics. Locked in remote detention centres and then placed on temporary protection visas, their limbo lasted for years. Now Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.

There are some great short interviews which you can use to open or close an event.

Check out the trailer here.

Contact your local Action Centre for a copy of these short films for your community screening.

3. Chasing asylum

This film is perfect for the rusted on refugee supporters, it offers a glimpse into the treatment of refugees in Australia’s detention centres.

Chasing Asylum exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.

Check out the trailer here.

Visit the Chasing Asylum website to find out where it is showing and how to hold a screening.

Photo exhibition materials

Share online or print and display at events to tell the story in an effective and visually engaging way. Contact your action centre if you require higher-quality images.

  • Faces of hope – 11 A3 photo series with captions following three refugee families who have successfully settled in Australia.
  • Out of sight, out of mind -16 A3 photos with captions from Refugee Campaigner Graham Thom’s travels of refugee camps and detention centres across Asia.
  • You can also use our Manus drawings, created by our former Refugee Campaign Coordinator and talented artist Graeme McGregor, which powerfully depict the harrowing conditions at the Manus detention centre during his 2012 visit.

Short videos

  • The Truth about Refugees (2014, 3:44) A moving and thought-provoking short video created by Amnesty activist and young filmmaker Mary Tran, to highlight the plight of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres. Watch and share on social media.
  • When You Don’t Exist (2012, 2:10) – A short clip produced for Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.
  • Inside Manus Island Panel Discussion (2014, 1:25:25) This video provides a thorough briefing on the Papua New Guinea National Court Inquiry into the Manus Island Detention Centre and features Amnesty International, Human Rights Law Centre and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


For more background resources about our refugee campaign, including our research, visit our Refugee resources for education page. 


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