Keynote speakers:

Arif Hussein, Senior solicitor with Refugee Advice and Casework Service. Prior to this role, he worked for the Human Rights Law Centre, where he defended the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum subject to Australia’s offshore processing regime.


Najeeba Wazefadost is the founder and president of Hazara Women of Australia, helping newly arrived refugee women learn English and more quickly feel part of their new communities.  She arrived in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan when she was 10 years old.


Arif Hussein is on a panel on Human Rights – a strong issue from the 2018 Conference.


There are 18 breakout sessions planned, around themes such as Advocacy, Changing the Conversation, Engaging young people, Resettlement and networking in regional communities. There are also specific skills and networking sessions.  In case you want to have your own topic discussed, we will have a ‘Café Conversation’ time at each of the three breakout sessions.

Breakout sessions confirmed so far:

Heather Kirkpatrick,  the independent filmmaker who recently released the acclaimed ‘Against Our Oath’ documentary feature film (www.againstouroath.com) will lead a workshop on how to use social impact documentaries in your community.


Talia Stump who recently completed a Churchill Fellowship study of resettlement (City to Country Project) link to her website https://citytocountryproject.com/.  Her focus was to understand what makes a rural community attractive and welcoming to refugees.


RAR Student Video and Poster CompetitionThis competition was launched in January as a way to engage young people in thinking about how to make a positive change in attitudes towards people seeking asylum.  Our team has developed a suite of resources for schools to use as part of their curriculum.  We encourage RAR groups to take this to schools in their communities.  Some schools plan to run their own ‘short film festivals’ with the students’ efforts.  School will choose the five best entries into the competition.  We have a team of filmmakers who will choose the video finalists. As well, a team of artists and graphic designers will choose the poster finalists.  These will be shown at the Conference and the winners announced then.

The breakout sessions are still in development – we are keen to involve RAR groups in these so we will be calling some of you soon.