Conference Program

This year’s event is set to challenge and engage like never before, exploring the complex narratives around migration, diversity and integration and their relationship with political, economic and social trends at global, regional and local levels.

As well as keynote addresses from global thought leaders and experts, concurrent dialogues and workshops at the Conference will also explore topics through debates, arts and cultural exhibitions and programmed satellite events.

Program Topics

  • Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change?

  • Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon

  • Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world

  • Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration

  • Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging?

  • Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope

  • Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities


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Program Sub-Committee

Prof Jock Collins
University of Technology Sydney
Assoc Prof Farida Fozdar
University of Western Australia          
Assoc Prof Ellie Vasta
Macquarie University
Natalie Juresic
Multicultural NSW
Prof John Nieuwenhuysen
Monash University
Prof Lucy Taksa
Macquarie University
Gail Ker
Access Community Services
Assoc Prof Alan Gamlen
Monash University
Prof Stephen Castles
University of Sydney
Tadgh McMahon
Settlement Services International
Sonia Vignjevic
Eastern Community Legal Centre and Commissioner,
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Esta Paschalidis-Chilas
Settlement Services International

Liz Dods
Settlement Services International


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View the program. Program is updated at 4 September 2018. Program is subject to change.

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