First Program Release

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Check out the first release of the conference program for 2020 below. Click on the dates to find out what is happening on each day. Or download the pdf at the bottom of this page.


QUT Collaborative Conversations: Co-creating a Research and Action Agenda

Hosted by QUT Faculty of Health on the Gardens Point Campus Collaborative Conversations is to gather individuals passionate about making a difference in the area of forced displacement. The event aims to gather diverse stakeholders to engage in a participatory day of co-creating a research and action agenda to improve our understanding of key issues in order to inform policies, programs, and promoting positive community experiences.


The morning sessions will focus on identifying critical issues and the research and action strategies needed to address those concerns. The aim is to work collaboratively across key stakeholders (e.g., community members and leaders, policy/advocacy organisations, the higher education and non-profit sectors) to discuss the challenges and opportunities for collaborative research agendas. Mapping exercises will help to identify key issues and recommendations for collaboration will be formed.

The afternoon sessions will focus on building strategies and momentum to advance this agenda, including facilitated conversations on media and messaging, and the role of artistry for advocacy and story-telling. Reserve you place HERE


Find out about the different sessions & draft agenda here


Tickets on sale via Refugee Alternatives Eventbrite


Movement Networking Day

Every year, the Refugee Council of Australia brings together people from the campaigning and advocacy side of the refugee movement to meet, share updates and plan together.


Catering: Snacks and lunch will be provided for this event.


Cost: We are asking for nominal contributions to help us cover the costs of running the event. You can make this contribution as a donation after registering for the event. Our recommended donation amounts are: Waged: $40 | Unwaged: $20 | Refugee Community Member: Free . If cost is a barrier to you, please email Samuel at 




Welcome and plenary: The challenge of change

The conference will begin with a welcome to country and a welcome to conference.

Following this, this plenary will explore the topic of the challenge of change.


Plenary: Unpacking Lived Experience


Side event: Delegate debrief@The Spot


Side event: Community Sponsorship Event


Parallel session: Media & representation


Parallel session: How to hold the Government to account


Parallel session: Regional communities


Plenary Showcase: Ways of working: Collaboration, reconciliation, self-representation


Panel (special session): Mental health and wellbeing

Side Event: Voices of Colour - Stories of Systematic Racism 5.30pm - 6.20pm

Voices of Colour presents 'Stories of Systematic Racism ' -  Stories of systematic racism is a 50 minute show that unravels the meaning of systematic racism using story, dance, rap and song. It uses art to explore the social and institutional powers that support the oppression of a “racial other” in Australia. This performance combines both personal story and well researched statistical facts that will leave the audience with a basic emotional and intellectual understanding of how racism operates.

Find out more about the performance and where you can purchase tickets here


Welcome event

Join us for welcome drinks and nibbles at the conclusion of day one

La Boite Theatre presents - The Neighbourhood

A companion piece to La Boite’s critically acclaimed 2017 offering The Village, The Neighbourhood is an intimate story-telling experience that transports audiences across countries, borders, and oceans in search of a home; all from within the walls of the Roundhouse Theatre.

Presented by La Boite Theatre and Multicultueral Australia, in association with Empite Theatres, The Neighbourhood will be performed during Refugee Alternatives conference week 2020. Find out more about the performance (running every night of the conference week) and purchase your ticket via La Boite Theatre here


Plenary: Australia & the Asia Pacific

This plenary will include a welcome to Day two and a special session reporting back from the Queer Displacements Conference.


Side event: Youth caucus@The Spot


Parallel session: Building communities for change


Parallel session: Employment


Parallel session: Navigating the criminal justice system


Plenary: Closing session


Conference close


Australian Refugee Dialogue

Australian Refugee Dialogue by National Refugee Led Advocacy and Advisory Group (NRAAG)

This is a closed event for individuals who have lived experience as a refugee, seeking asylum or statelessness.

The National Refugee Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG) is a refugee led entity that envisions to create spaces, platforms and strong voices led by former refugees, people from refugee like backgrounds and people seeking asylum in key decision making tables, public & media discourse. NRAAG envisions to inform key policies, service delivery, campaigns, research, and key initiatives affecting the lives of its constituents with a range of partners and stakeholders.

You can register for this event here

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