Invitation to Participate


The Meaning of Rights Across Cultures:

A project exploring the interpretation of the human rights framework in refugee settlement


You are invited to attend a one day consultation workshop where you will have an opportunity to share your valued experiences, knowledge and advice on these issues.

The consultation will be held on Thursday 29th May from 9am-4.30pm. Location to be advised.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in individual in-depth interviews to be held the week beginning the 2nd of June.


If you are interested in participating in this research project, or would like further information, please contact Meg Davis or Gabe Cairns from Townsville Multicultural Support Group (TMSG) for further information:

Phone:                    07 4775 1588; 0406130161(Meg) or 0419178358 (Gabe)


Address:                63 Ross River Road, Mundingburra, Townsville


The Centre for Refugee Research from the University of New South Wales based in Sydney, is partnering with Townsville Multicultural Support Group and other settlement service providers around Australia on a research project that will explore the meaning of rights for resettled refugees.


Many refugees are resettled to Australia each year. It is important that they feel safe and welcome in their new home, and that suitable services are available to support their settlement. In some cases concerns over the meaning of rights and how information about rights is being presented, is causing problems for settling groups.


Working in partnership with resettled refugees and settlement services providers, this project examines concerns both refugees and services have about rights in Australia, how this impacts on people’s settlement and how services can be improved to ensure refugees have a safe and successful experience of settlement in Australia. It will work to develop models of service provision and responses to assist refugees and service providers to address the problems identified.


The research will take place over three years across six sites including here in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Melbourne and Geelong. STARTTS, QPASTT and AMES Victoria are the other organisations partnering in this project.