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The Settlement Council of Australia will hold an international conference, Settlement and Citizenship in Civil Society in Melbourne from Thursday May 5 to Saturday May 8 and SBS will be there!
SBS Radio

3 May 2016 - 1:54 PM  UPDATED 4 May 2016 - 11:36 AM

The conference will bring together all settlement service providers, Government agencies, academics and the legal sector.

SBS will provide comprehensive coverage from the conference including live crosses, outside broadcasts and in language interviews.


Conference Aims

  • Broaden understanding and responsiveness to migration, settlement and active citizenship within a global context
  • Increase and strengthen sectoral and intersectoral collaboration and support of settlement, human rights and active citizenship
  • Contribute to the development of a responsive and adaptive settlement sector by focusing on innovation and creative thinking in a globalised context
  • Produce evidence-based advocacy tools with which to advise governments
  • Shape future work in building community capacity and belonging
  • Give new settlers a voice in shaping their participation in Australia and their active citizenship
  • Inform SCoA’s work in strengthening the sector’s impact on future settlement

Information for new migrants:
Settlement guide for migrants
SBS Radio's weekly series looking at life and issues that affect you in settling in Australia.


Maria Dimopoulos
Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants

Oskar Ekblad
Deputy Director, Head of Resettlement and Special Operations,
Swedish Migration Agency (SMA)

Dr Helen Feist
Acting Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre,
University of Adelaide

Afsoon Houshidari
Attorney, Department of Justice of the Government of Canada

Ali Jalayer
Branch Manager, Specialist Programmes Branch, Youth and Programmes Group,
Australian Government Department of Employment

Professor Andrew Jakubowicz
Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Professor Mary Kalantzis
Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Education,
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, USA

Molly Kennedy
General Manager, Multicultural Learning and Suport Services (MCLaSS)

Gail Ker, OAM
CEO, Access Community Services Ltd

Ramesh Kumar
General Manager, Social Participation and International Humanitarian Affairs,
AMES Australia.

Nadine Liddy
National Coordinator, Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia,
Centre for Multicultural Youth Australia

Hon. Craig Laundy MP
Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Rod Little
Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Professor Fethi Mansouri
Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

Hon. Richard Marles MP
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Dr Devaki Monani
Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University

Dr Joy Murphy Wandin, AO
Elder of the Wurundjeri People and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University

Abeselom Nega
CEO, iEmpower

Andrew O’Keefe
Australian Entertainer and Co-Host of Weekend Sunrise

Violet Roumeliotis
CEO, Settlement Services International

Adam Rowland
Executive Manager, National Centre for Longitudinal Data,
Australian Government Department of Social Services

Parsu Sharma-Luital, JP
Chair, Statelessness Working Group, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Tony Shepherd, AO
Friendly Nation Initiative, Migration Council Australia

Rauf Soulio
Judge of the District Court of South Australia

Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Ziagul Sultani
Community/Youth Development Officer, Shire of Katanning, Western Australia

Mandi Wicks
Director, Audio and Language Content, SBS Radio

David Wilden
First Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division,
Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection