Talking Change -Making it Happen

 Inaugural National Conference … in Canberra

Australian Refugee Action Network

20th -21st May 2017

Australian National University
Copland Theatre, Kingsley Street, Acton, Canberra, ACT 2601

Conference Program

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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 27 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.


Ticket includes cost of lunches, morning & afternoon teas.

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Conference Dinner – cost not included in registration
Please indicate when booking for the Conference if you would also like a reservation for Dinner.
Or email ARAN:

Roti House
Shop 4, Ground Floor, Ernst & Young Building
121 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City ACT 2601

Accommodation and Transport Information

Mark your diary – 20 and 21 May 2017.

LOCATION : Australian National University
Copland Theatre, Kingsley Street, Acton, Canberra, ACT 2601

Plan to join us!

***  Sunday Afternoon Delegates’ Session

From 1:00 pm – 3.30 pm on Sunday,  there will be a meeting of delegates to elect a national committee and discuss plans for further national coordination.  Each ARAN member group is asked to nominate a maximum of two delegates to attend this session.

It is anticipated that an elected national coordination committee will:

  • Provide broad geographical and political representation of grassroots advocacy and activist organisations
  • Consist of representatives with solid experience in this sector
  • Contain no more than one member of any particular organisation
  • Not possess the power to decide what member organisations do, but instead will make suggestions about campaigns and themes, issue press releases, provide spokespeople, and share information and resources
  • Receive proposals from individual member organisations to initiate actions on a national basis
  • Meet on a regular basis  (via Skype)

Australian Refugee Action Network National Coordination Committee Terms of Reference 2017 – (Draft)

ARAN currently has a membership of 28 refugee networks and large membership groups.