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The Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council

The Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (RRAC) is a ministerially-appointed body that provides advice to the government on refugee and humanitarian settlement.

The Council is chaired by the Hon Bruce Baird AM.


RRAC's priorities include providing advice on:

  • improving settlement outcomes, including input into the delivery of settlement programs
  • the settlement needs of refugee youth
  • supporting refugee settlement in rural and regional locations
  • improving employment outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants.

The Council's appointment extends to 30 June 2014.

Further details are in the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council Workplan, available in a PDF form.
See: Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council Workplan ( 36KB PDF file)


Name Background
The Hon Bruce Baird AM, Chair Awarded Member of the Order of Australia for his commitment to community work. Member of the Australian Parliament, representing the electorate of Cook from 1998-2007. Mr Baird has also been a Member of the NSW Parliament. Mr Baird was first appointed as Chair of RRAC in 2008.
Mr Rasoul Ahmady Afghan caseworker for bridging visa holders who access the Australian Red Cross-administered Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme. Mr Ahmady is also a Youth and Sports Officer with the Afghan United Association of SA. Mr Ahmady is a keen advocate for the use of sport in assisting newly arrived young people.
Mr Paris Aristotle AM Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He has been a member of RRAC since its inception, and currently chairs the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD). In 2002 Mr Aristotle was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal – both honours recognising his longstanding work with refugees, in particular survivors of torture.
Ms Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward Community Service Coordinator, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). Ms Bajraktarevic-Hayward is a Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, NSW Branch, and since 2001 lectures on refugee health and community development at a number of tertiary institutions in NSW.
Ms Carmel Guerra Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia. Carmel also convenes the national Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) and is a member of the Victorian Youth Parole Board. She has been a member for RRAC since inception.
Mr Paul Power Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) since April 2006. Mr Power was previously the Manager of the Vincentian Social Action Centre, an arm of the St Vincent de Paul Society and was first appointed to RRAC in 2008.
Ms Jenny Semple Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre and has over 15 years experience in the settlement sector. Ms Semple is also a member of the RCOA's Board of Management. Ms Semple has been a member of RRAC since 2008.

Last reviewed Wednesday 26 February 2014

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