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

ARAN committee members 2018-2019:

Angelica Panopoulos (Refugee Action Collective Victoria – RAC Vic)
Jean Ker-Walsh (Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children – GADRC)
Jan Govett (Rural Australians for Refugees – RAR)
Marie Hapke (Refugee Advocacy Network – RAN)
Peter Robson (Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network – DASSAN)
Rachel Silber (Melbourne Youth for Refugees)

Contact ARAN at: 



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