Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin is an arts/events producer and activist based in Narrm (Melbourne). His work has sought to centre voices from the margins within the mainstream art sphere. These have been performed at La Mama, Footscray Community Art Centre and Northcote Town Hall. Through mentoring, and production, his work celebrates trans and gender diverse people and people of colour, within the wider community. He currently works as a project officer in the mental health space and is a member of a myriad collective. Zakaria values self-representation in his work practice with the community. Stories…

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Whats On This Conference Week?

Whats On this Conference Week?

As well as two action-packed days for the Refugee Alternatives Conference, there are a number of additional events and activities taking place. From the Pre Conference Academic Forum brought to you by our co-hosts at MARRNet, to the SAANA and WAGE Peace exhibitions. February is also the month of the year when Adelaide opens up to the wonderful Adelaide Fringe Festival. Check out some of the key dates and activities and make sure you don’t miss out on everything Conference…

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Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar is originally from Iran and lives in Australia. Arash fled his home at the age of 16 and traveled to Malaysia registering as a refugee with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur. Arash spent five years in Malaysia where he completed his high school certificate online, before being resettled in Australia at the end of May 2015. After being resettled, Arash enrolled in university, and in 2016, he was nominated to be the Australian delegate to the UNHCR-led Global Refugee Youth…

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Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas is a Syrian activist and PhD candidate at Macquarie University, where he has taught within the field of politics and international relations. He is a Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) fellow and the winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) award in 2017. As a Project Officer and steering committee member in the Making Connections academic mentoring program at Macquarie University, Rifaie coordinates training, debriefs and evaluation alongside other committee members. His research interests include mediation, authoritarian regimes and…

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Welcome Manal Younus!

Welcome Manal Younus!

We are thrilled to have Manal Younus, accomplished Australian-based storyteller from Eritrea, joining us for the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2019! Throughout her writing, speaking and poetry, Manal explores issues of youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism, spurred on by her belief in the power of language and storytelling, which she understands as being "the very fabric of our existence." Manal will be joining us on day one of the conference, discussing 'Refugee…

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Manal Younus

Manal Younus

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance , Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in…

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Registrations Now Open

Registrations Now Open

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Alternatives 2019 will be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 19 - 20 February 2019. This is an incredible opportunity to build skills, to network with others working for justice for refugees and people seeking asylum, and to collaborate on alternatives to refugee and asylum seeker affairs in Australia. Building on the success of Refugee Alternatives 2017 (Sydney) and 2018 (Melbourne), the 2019 conference will be jointly hosted by the Refugee…

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Past Conferences

Past Conferences

Conference February 2017  The Refugee Council of Australia and UNSW Sydney Grand Challenges hosted the inaugural conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support, held 22- 23 February 2017 (www.refugeealternatives.org.au). The Refugee Alternatives Conference was a unique event that utilised the vast knowledge and expertise of those with lived experiences. By partnering with those that are best placed to find solutions to current issues, the Conference was able to ensure over 40% of the 70 speakers and moderators were from refugees and asylum seekers backgrounds.  Read the 2017 Report  …

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Conference Report 2018

Conference Report 2018

The Refugee Council of Australia and Melbourne Social Equity Institute are proud to share the outcomes of the second annual conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving policy, practice and public support, held 13-14 February 2018. The two-day conference, hosted at the University of Melbourne, brought together a broad range of expertise from across the country and globally to cover topics of displacement, protection, cooperation, wellbeing, resilience, education, advocacy, and unity. The conference’s goal of seeking alternatives was expressed through 15 diverse sessions on…

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Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff

Dr Louise Olliff works as a senior advisor for the Refugee Council of Australia, where she has been employed in policy, research and advocacy roles since 2009. Her current role focusses on RCOA’s international and community engagement work. Louise completed a PhD in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2018, where her research explored the ways in which refugee diaspora communities in Australia are involved in helping people living in refugee situations in different parts of…

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