The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is a dynamic public policy institute that commemorates and is inspired by the life and work of one of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers, the Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC. The Whitlam Institute is guided by the ‘three great aims’ that drove the Whitlam Program of 1972; to promote equality; to involve the people of Australia in the decision-making processes of our land; and to liberate the talents and uplift the horizons of the Australian people.​

The foundation, brings together the entire community offering and is comprised of three streams – pro bono, legal services, volunteering and charitable contributions. Across these streams, the core focus of the Foundation is to promote and protect the rights of women, children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and abroad.

Principal Partners

Colin & Biggers Paisley Foundation are the lawyers of choice in the construction, property and insurance industries and also have a strong presence in banking and finance, education, agriculture and mining, as well as providing legal services to all levels of government.

The foundation, brings together the entire community offering and is comprised of three streams – pro bono, legal services, volunteering and charitable contributions. Across these streams, the core focus of the Foundation is to promote and protect the rights of women, children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and abroad.

Australian Red Cross is a humanitarian aid and community services charity in Australia. The organisation provides a range of services and programmes including international aid all around the world, international humanitarian law advocacy, emergency management, blood donation via Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, migration support and community services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, youth, families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Australian Red Cross is the first to help when disaster strikes and their main purpose is to bring people and communities together in times of need and further build on community strengths. They hope to do this by mobilising the power of humanity.

Major Partner

Settlement Services International (SSI) is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. They work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.

SSI draws on its expertise and experience to advocate for the people and communities it serves. Through the work we do, we empower people to change their lives. Through their advocacy and representation, they influence ideas and policy.


Communicare aims to create community inclusion and community safety by working collaboratively with individuals, families and communities to facilitate social and economic inclusion for all and establish and sustain safe and healthy communities.

The organisation has significant expertise in providing high quality services in Western Australia that seek to empower children, young people, individuals and families to fully participate in their communities. Their work is facilitated by a workforce of passionate staff and volunteers. Additionally, Communicare’s alliances with government, non-government and corporate partners has enabled them to make a difference in people’s lives.

SydWest Multicultural Services is a leading organisation for all cultural diversity issues responding to community needs and opportunities. They offer flexible and integrated service models across the life course of refugees and migrants, supporting the self-determination and empowerment of our diverse communities.

SydWest is an innovative employer of choice, with passionate, qualified and experienced bilingual and bicultural staff who are sensitive to the languages and cultures of the communities they represent

In 1997, a group of concerned Queenslanders met in an unassuming Brisbane backyard to discuss the future of Queensland’s multicultural sector after the defunding of the Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre. Dreaming together of a Queensland where everyone felt welcome and included, they committed to start a new organisation to support new Queenslanders.

21 years and one small name change later, Multicultural Australia provides welcome and support to more than 5000 newly arrived Queenslanders every year, including refugees, migrants, international students and people seeking asylum.

Our commitment to our original vision is as strong as ever. We are dedicated to building a welcoming Queensland where all new Queenslanders have the opportunity to fully contribute to and participate in a multicultural society. 

The New South Wales Teachers Federation is the registered trade union which covers NSW public school teachers. The New South Wales Teachers Federation represents all teachers in New South Wales public pre-schools, infants, primary and secondary schools and TAFE Institutes. Teachers in Schools for Specific Purposes and Corrective Services are also members. 


Hicksons is a commercial law firm who assists government, organisations and individuals throughout Australia and in Asia to create sustainable value by delivering legal and commercial advice, services and solutions. Our breadth of expertise is reflected in our diverse practice groups and complemented by our industry and sector focus. We work across geographies with smart technology to keep connected to our clients.

We pride ourselves on our energy and authenticity to drive client solutions, attract and develop talent and serve our broader community. With over 65 years in practice, we are visionary thought leaders who have harnessed our history and experience, emerging as a market leading advisory business.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 153 countries and has over 800,000 members.

The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history of helping migrants and refugees. They do this both by providing services to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia and by advocating to government on their behalf. Their services include providing financial and information support to migrants and refugees, for example through home visitation, food and financial help, visits to detention centres and homework centres.

CORE Community Services delivers tailored diverse client centric services and opportunities that support and empower vulnerable communities to thrive, resulting in the best outcomes for all individuals.

Core Community Services provide local communities in South West Sydney with a wide range of services, activities and programs across five key service areas. These include, aged and disability, childcare, youth, community and mutli-cultural services. Each of these services aim at promoting their vision of a thriving, resilient community free from discrimination and injustice.

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales is an independent statutory agency responsible for monitoring, reviewing and improving mental health and wellbeing for people in NSW.

The Commission works with government and the community to secure better mental health and wellbeing for everyone, and availability of appropriate supports in or close to home when people are unwell or at risk of becoming unwell.

In all its work, the Commission is guided by the voice of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups. The Commission promotes policies and practices that recognise the autonomy of people who experience mental health issues and support their recovery, emphasising their personal and social needs and preferences.

Each year, some 4,000 people who have experienced persecution or other serious human rights abuses settle in NSW. Common refugee experiences include torture, war or civil unrest, the loss of family and friends through violence, and prolonged periods of deprivation. These experiences can have major implications on health status and the delivery of health care.

The NSW Refugee Health Service was set up by the NSW Department of Health in 1999 to help meet some of these challenges. We aim to promote the health of people from a refugee background living in NSW by assisting refugees, and the health professionals who work with them.


In memory of Michelle Harris OAM.