Refugee Advisory Panel

We are working in partnership with Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT) and Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) to set up a refugee advisory panel.

The aim is to set up an advisory panel so it can:

  • provide former refugees in New Zealand an opportunity to participate in the development of refugee settlement strategies and policies in an effective and meaningful manner
  • ensure former refugee interests, perspectives and knowledge inform and influence strategic direction and policies on regional, national and international refugee issues
  • include former refugees in relevant New Zealand government delegations.

Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT)

Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS)

Role of the Refugee Advisory Panel

As a panel member you will use your skills to:

  • ensure decision-making is informed from the perspective of former refugees
  • provide advice and feedback on international, regional and national refugee issues
  • advise on the development of refugee policies, programmes and strategies
  • identify and actively take part in work that improves the lives of refugees in New Zealand.

Apply to be a Refugee Advisory Panel member

Applications have now closed.

If you applied, your application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. If you are short listed, you will be interviewed by the Selection Committee, and if successful appointed in July 2022.

If you have any questions please email

Media release - 16 May 2022 

Refugee Advisory Panel applications now open