ARAN Members

ARAN membership list

Is your organisation interested in joining our network and being part of a national movement of activists and advocates who are driving positive change for refugees and people seeking asylum? Please contact ARAN.

Membership List as at September 2019


    1. Academics for Refugees
    2. CASPA – Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
    3. Circle of Friends
    4. Doctors 4 Refugees
    5. Grandmothers for Refugees
    6. Jews 4 Refugees
    7. Love Makes a Way
    8. Manus Emergency Fund
    9. Mums 4 Refugees
    10. People Just Like Us
    11. RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees
    12. Sanctuary Australia Foundation
    13. Tamil Refugee Council
    14. Teachers 4 Refugees
    15. NARN – National Amnesty Refugee Network


    1. Refugee Action Committee, Canberra


    1. Amnesty International NSW Refugee Network
    2. Community of South Sudanese and Other Marginalised Areas
    3. Grandmothers for Refugees – Newcastle
    4. Grandmothers for Refugees – Sydney and Surrounds
    5. Home Among the Gum Trees NSW
    6. Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy
    7. Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group
    8. Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)
    9. Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla
    10. Refugee Action Collective Illawarra
    11. Rural Australians for Refugees – Armidale (formerly Justice for Refugees Armidale)
    12. Rural Australians for Refugees – Queanbeyan
    13. Rural Australians for Refugees – Yass (formerly Yass for Refugees)
    14. Stop the Shame (Shoalhaven)
    15. Valerio Daniel De Simoni Association


    1. DASSAN – Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network
    2. Light the Dark Alice Springs


    1. BRASS network – Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network
    2. Cairns for Refugees
    3. Noosa Welcomes Refugees
    4. Refugee Action Collective (Queensland)
    5. Gold Coast Get-Up


    1. Amnesty Action Group – Semapahore/Port Adelaide
    2. Amnesty International SA Refugee Action Network
    3. ARA – Australian Refugee Association SA
    4. Bring Them Here Vigil Group
    5. Justice for Refugees (SA)


    1. Amnesty International Tasmania Refugee Action Group
    2. Amnesty International Tasmania Branch
    3. Amnesty International Tasmania Southern Group
    4. TASS – Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support
    5. Tassie Nannas
    6. Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Vic/Tas


    1. Amnesty International Refugee Network Victoria
    2. BRASA – Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association
    3. Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
    4. Close the Camps Action Collective
    5. CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group
    6. Grandmothers for Refugees
    7. Hobsons Bay Refugee Network
    8. Law Students for Refugees
    9. Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group (MASSG)
    10. Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group
    11. Refugee Action Collective (Vic)
    12. RAN – Refugee Advocacy Network
    13. Rural Australians for Refugees – Aireys Inlet
    14. Rural Australians for Refugees – Albury-Wodonga
    15. Rural Australians for Refugees – Apollo Bay
    16. Rural Australians for Refugees – Ballarat
    17. Rural Australians for Refugees – Bendigo
    18. Rural Australians for Refugees – Castlemaine
    19. Rural Australians for Refugees – Deans Marsh
    20. Rural Australians for Refugees – Mansfield
    21. Rural Australians for Refugees – South Gippsland
    22. Southern Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
    23. Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Vic/Tas
    24. Youth with Refugees – Greater Geelong
    25. Youth for Refugees – Melbourne


    1. RRAN (WA) – Refugee Rights Action Network
    2. WA Amnesty Refugee Rights group


    1. International Alliance Against Mandatory Detention

Associate Members

    1. RCOA – Refugee Council of Australia
    2. ASRC – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
    3. AIA- Amnesty International Australia
    4. HRLC – Human Rights Law Centre
    5. GetUp

The ARAN National Committee for 2018 – 2020

Angelica Panopoulos (Refugee Action Collective Victoria RAC Vic)
Azlan Petra (Co-opted)
Christian Bashimbe (Co-opted)
Clare Forbes (Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children  GADRC)
Elizabeth Lang (WA Collective)
Emmanuel Kondok (Community of South Sudanese and Other Marginalised Areas  CSSOMA)
Jan Govett (Rural Australians for Refugees  RAR)
Marie Hapke (Refugee Advocacy Network  RAN)
Meg Clark (Canberra Refugee Action Committee Canberra RAC)
Peter Robson (Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network DASSAN)
Rachel Silber (Melbourne Youth for Refugees).

What a wonderful, passionate, diverse group of people who are representatives of ARAN member groups, or individuals who have been co-opted for their skills and experience, to lead national collaboration for the refugee rights movement for the next 12 months!

ARAN Committee Update September 2019
A few changes have occurred within the ARAN Committee over the past year as Member Networks change their own representatives.

The current members of the 2020 ARAN Committee are listed below.

Angelica Panopoulos (Refugee Action Collective Victoria – RAC Vic)
Gordon Melvin (Queensland RAC)
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)

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