National Conference – Australian Refugee Action Network

Talking Change – Making it Happen
Inaugural National Conference in Canberra

Australian Refugee Action Network
20-21 May 2017
Conference Program available at:

Copland Lecture Theatre and Copland Building, ANU, Canberra
All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Ticket includes cost of lunches, morning & afternoon teas.

Despite a very long campaign for refugee rights, there has been no nation-wide network of grassroots action and advocacy groups. A national network would support the efforts of the many and diverse groups which are working to bring about change in Australia’s refugee policies.

To this end, the Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN) has been formed, and currently has a membership of 31 refugee advocacy/action networks and significant organisations across the nation. In order to strengthen this newly formed alliance, a national conference is being planned for May 20 and 21, 2017.

The ARAN Conference will provide opportunity to:

  • Discuss ways to improve communication and co-ordination between grassroots action and advocacy groups in the refugee sector.
  • Discuss and establish a common position based on the areas of agreed campaign priorities
  • Share ideas and experience for mobilising and effective campaigning.
  • Form a workable system for organised national collaboration.

Communication and coordination between our groups and organisations, while maintaining the autonomy and diversity of individual groups, will maximise the impact of our various campaign actions and efforts.

ARAN has established a National Conference Committee to draft the agenda, arrange speakers etc. The Refugee Action Committee, Canberra will take care of logistics – venue, food, etc.

The conference will be moderately priced ($50 waged, $20 unwaged) and is open to all who are interested in refugee activism and advocacy.



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