We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to an extraordinary group of individuals who graciously gave their time and energy to help make Refugee Alternatives 2018 happen. Our extraordinary volunteer team were onsite each conference day from 7am to register, support, direct, transcribe, usher and support the 450 attendees at the Conference. We could not have done it without you!
We are delighted that Erika Feller will be the Moderator for this key session. From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection). In July 2014 she took up a three year appointment as Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and is currently a Professorial Fellow with its School of Government: https://refugeealternatives.org.au/erika-feller/
Deepa Nambiar is the founding director of Asylum Access Malaysia (AAM), a non-profit dedicated specifically to advancing the human rights of refugees. Come and hear directly from Deepa and the other Speakers: https://refugeealternatives.org.au/program/
We are seeking expressions of interest from artists wishing to exhibit or perform at the forthcoming conference on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February, 2018. This curated exhibition will include screen-based work, visual arts and live performances. We look forward to many expressions of interest!
Sponsor Refugee Alternatives 2018. See here for exciting sponsorship opportunities and do not hesitate to contact us to find out all the ways you can participate. All sponsorship details can be found here.
We are delighted that the the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne is joining us to host the 2018 Refugee Alternatives Conference. The Conference will be held in the wonderful Arts West, a new building located at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. More details will be available shortly.
The Refugee Council of Australia and UNSW Sydney Grand Challenges are delighted to share highlights from the inaugural conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support, held 22- 23 February 2017. The Conference gave an opportunity to discuss, share, learn and contribute to new understandings. With the central focus on ‘alternatives’, the space provided supported new ideas and partnerships that were both inspirational and hopeful, as well as providing a platform for concrete recommendations for action. Please read the…
Australian and international responses to refugees: Speakers reflect on the current responses to Australian policy nationally and in the region, as well as reflections on international policy. Within the context of the current and global responses, speakers shared their views of the positive opportunities for the Conference audience to play a role towards change: as community members; advocates; academics; and policy makers and influencers. See the video.
We are finalising permission with speakers to share their presentations where possible. We expect to be able to publish all these by mid March.
A brief overview report will be ready by mid March thanks to the work of the volunteer documenters. A full report will be ready in early April containing all the recommendations and actions from all Conference sessions. A strong message shared by many of the attendees was one of hope: hope for positive action; hope of support to continue; hope as we are on the right side of history; and hope for a better future.