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Toowoomba: Conference: Regions of Welcome

13 August 2018 - 14 August 2018

$121 – $396

“Regions of Welcome Conference” in Toowoomba

This two-day conference will bring people from a diverse range of organisations, communities and local, state and federal governments currently working in regional settlement together with those interested in regional settlement.

The conference aims to explore the following questions:
1. What are the key elements of success in regional settlement?
2. Why is regional settlement important in Australia?
3. How might Australia provide global leadership in the area of regional settlement?

WHAT:   Regions of Welcome – Regional Settlement Conference
WHEN:   13-14 August, 2018
WHERE:   Toowoomba Civic Precinct, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
CONTACT:   Email  with enquiries.



Australians have traditionally viewed refugee settlement as a capital city phenomenon. Much of the country’s attention and research has been focused on our largest cities. However, refugees are making new lives all across Australia. Many of these success stories can be found in Australia’s regions.

Toowoomba, Australia’s Garden City and one of the nation’s Refugee Welcome zones, will play host to the Regional Settlement Conference in 2018.

The two-day conference will showcase the success of refugee resettlement in regional cities and towns. It will highlight the roles of local community champions and community leaders in supporting successful outcomes. It will also focus on the contributions that humanitarian arrivals make to regions, and the innovative ways that challenges are overcome.

Thomas Albrecht – Regional Representative of the UNHCR
Mr Thomas Albrecht is the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra, with geographical responsibility for 16 Pacific countries. Mr Albrecht’s role is to work with governments and other partners to ensure all persons of concern to UNHCR, including refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons, receive protection, assistance and durable solutions to their plight.

Prudence Melom
Prudence Melom arrived in Australia as a refugee from Chad in 2007. She is the founder of E-raced, a non-profit organisation that aims to erase racism through story telling. She uses the struggle of her family while escaping conflict in Chad to promote harmony and respect among young people in regional Australia while studying Law. Through her advocacy work, she has been recognized as the 2018 Toowoomba Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year.  She is also a 2018 Queensland Young Achievers Award winner and finalist for the Young Human Rights Awards. Prudence is an advocate for social change and equality.  She believes that through story telling we are erasing racism one story at a time.

Cath Scarth
Cath Scarth was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) in 2011. Cath has over 20 years’ experience in designing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of innovative social programs and enterprises both in Australia and the UK. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Cath was General Manager Of Community and Policy with AMES, driving innovation in partnerships with employers, government and the community sector to achieve positive employment and settlement outcomes for newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Brad Chilcott
Brad was the founder of Welcome to Australia, and is currently an Associate Director at Essential Media Communications, helping progressive organisations win campaigns that make Australia more equal, inclusive and sustainable. Brad was the founding Convenor of the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia and initiated the now annual Adelaide White Ribbon March.

Efran Daliri
Erfan Daliri is a social animator, author, youth educator, event director and an internationally toured spoken word artist. With a background in community development and a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication for Social Change, Erfan is a freelance, free-roaming agent of change with the stage presence of a seasoned performing artist. Erfan was raised in Townsville and is now living in Tasmania.
With his ability to capture and hold the attention of his audience coming so effortlessly from over a decade of facilitating youth engagement workshops across the country, Erfan now focuses on activating and empowering agents of social change


13 August 2018
14 August 2018
$121 – $396


MDA (Multicultural Development Australia)


Toowoomba Civic Precinct
155 Herries Street
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia
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