ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network

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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

Member organisations (as at October 26, 2016)

Academics for Refugees
Canberra Refugee Action Committee
Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
Combined Refugee Action Group (Geelong, Vic)
Doctors 4 Refugees
Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy (Newcastle, NSW)
Justice for Refugees (SA)
Law Students for Refugees
Love Makes a Way
Mums 4 Refugees
People Just Like Us
Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)
Refugee Action Collective (Vic)
Refugee Action Collective (Queensland)
Refugee Advocacy Network (Vic)
Refugee Rights Action Network (WA)
Rural Australians for Refugees
Sanctuary Australia Foundation
Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support
Tassie Nannas
Uniting Church Synod of Vic/Tas

ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network
ARAN grew from an idea at the 4th National RAR Conference, September 2016.
The four founding member networks were:
  • RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees
  • RAN – Refugee Advocacy Network
  • CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group 
  • Canberra RAC


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