ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network


Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN) is a national alliance of key refugee action and advocacy networks and groups with large memberships.  

ARAN calls for Australia to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, with regard to people seeking asylum.   

ARAN’s Aims and Objectives:

  • To provide an avenue for communication and collaboration for action and advocacy groups with a wide membership or which operate as networks in their cities or regions
  • To promote a stronger and more coordinated approach to campaigns and days/periods of action across the nation
  • To facilitate information dissemination so that grass roots action/advocacy groups are better informed and equipped to undertake actions in their own localities
  • To offer a single point where various activities across the country can be listed and promoted for quick reference



The elected members are:

  • Margaret Raza – Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Marie Hapke – Refugee Advocacy Network
  • John Minns – Canberra Refugee Action Committee
  • Linda Cusworth – Combined Refugee Action Group
  • Amir Javan – People Like Us
  • Lili Calitz – Amnesty Refugee Rights Group Tasmania
  • James Supple – Sydney Refugee Action Coalition
  • Pamela Curr – Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
  • Caron Molster – Refugee Rights Action Network WA
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Membership List as at 26 May, 2017


  1. Academics for Refugees
  2. CASPA – Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
  3. ChilOut
  4. Doctors 4 Refugees
  5. ECDC – End Child Detention Coalition Australia
  6. Love Makes a Way
  7. Manus Emergency Fund
  8. Mums 4 Refugees
  9. People Just Like Us
  10. RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees
  11. Sanctuary Australia Foundation
  12. Tamil Refugee Council
  13. Teachers 4 Refugees


  1. Refugee Action Committee, Canberra
  2. RAR – Queanbeyan


  1. Amnesty International NSW Refugee Network
  2. Community of South Sudanese and Other Marginalised Areas
  3. GADRC – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children – NSW
  4. Home Among the Gum Trees NSW
  5. Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy
  6. Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group
  7. Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)
  8. Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla
  9. Refugee Action Collective Illawarra
  10. RAR – Albury-Wodonga
  11. Valerio Daniel De Simoni Association
  12. Yass for refugees


  1. DASSAN _ Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network


  1. BRASS network – Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network
  2. Noosa Welcomes Refugees
  3. Refugee Action Collective (Queensland)


  1. Amnesty International SA Refugee Action Network
  2. ARA – Australian Refugee Association SA
  3. Bring Them Here Vigil Group
  4. Justice for Refugees (SA)


  1. Amnesty International Tasmania Refugee Action group
  2. Amnesty International Tasmania branch
  3. Amnesty International Tasmania Southern Group
  4. TASS – Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support
  5. Tassie Nannas
  6. Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Vic/Tas


  1. Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees
  2. Amnesty International Refugee Network Victoria
  3. Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
  4. Close the Camps Action Collective
  5. CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group
  6. GADRC – Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
  7. Law Students for Refugees
  8. Refugee Action Collective (Vic)
  9. RAN – Refugee Advocacy Network
  10. RAR – Apollo Bay
  11. RAR – Castlemaine
  12. RAR – Mansfield
  13. Southern Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
  14. Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Vic/Tas


  1. RRAN (WA) – Refugee Rights Action Network
  2. WA Amnesty refugee rights group


ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network
ARAN grew from an idea at the 4th National RAR Conference, September 2016.

The four founding member networks were:
  1. RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees
  2. RAN – Refugee Advocacy Network
  3. CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group 
  4. Canberra RAC