Volunteer Role - Campaigns Assistant

Campaigns Assistant  

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the independent national community voice on refugee issues, is seeking 1-2 Campaign Assistants on a volunteer basis, to join its team fighting for justice, fairness and equity in Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees. 

These roles can be either Melbourne or Sydney based, 1-2 days per week, for a minimum commitment of 6 months. 


Role Overview 

The Campaigns Team at RCOA is a small but dynamic team working on campaigns across the refugee rights movement. It is focused on coordination of joint campaigns across the movement. Our current campaign priorities are: 

  • Roof Over My Head – a campaign to protect essential support services for people seeking asylum in Australia 
  • Kids Off Nauru – a 100 day campaign to get all children off Nauru 
  • Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative – a campaign to achieve a robust community sponsorship program in Australia modelled of the current Canadian modelled 

The role/s will support staff in either our Melbourne or Sydney offices to plan and implement our work in these campaigns. 


Roles & Responsibilities 

The Campaigns Assistants will work with RCOA’s Campaign Organiser, Director of Communications and other relevant staff to do some of the following activities:  

  • Assisting with the day-to-day campaign coordination across our campaigns 
  • Drafting high-quality emails and campaign content for our website 
  • Creating content and engaging with social media content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  
  • Managing relationships with campaign partners and supporters 
  • Supporting other campaign activities such as actions, media opportunities and database management 

Key Skills 

  • Experience working on campaigns in social or environmental justice 
  • Awareness of campaign strategic thinking 
  • Willingness to work in a team and independently  
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights 
  • Experience with Wordpress and NationBuilder a plus (basic coding knowledge a plus) 
  • People with lived experience seeking asylum or as a refugee are highly encouraged to apply 


What we will offer 

As part of this role the Refugee Council can offer you the following benefits: 

  • Ongoing training and development around campaign strategy, digital organising and community organising  
  • Feedback on professional development can be arranged 
  • Experience working with a peak body in a highly dynamic space 
  • Working to build a powerful movement for change


To apply

Email your CV with any relevant experience to Rebecca at manager@refugeecouncil.org.au