Anti-Discrimination NSW

​Law and Recent Arrivals to Australia Conference at Bankstown

Published: 20 November 2018

A compelling panel of experts spoke at the Law and Recent Arrivals to Australia Conference in Bankstown Library on 12th November.  The keynote speaker was Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis from the University of Notre Dame Australia. Assoc. Professor Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon, author and human rights activist who came to Australia as a refugee.

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Pictured: Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis – keynote speaker

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Pictured: Great line up of speakers from different Government and non-government agencies

The aim of the conference  was to help people who support refugees and culturally and linguistically diverse clients, such as community workers, community leaders, teachers and health workers, with the knowledge and skills to assist them in helping clients with their everyday legal problems.

The Anti-Discrimination Board attended along with participants from other government and non-government organisations that support refugees and migrants. These included agencies from the Department of Justice such as Law Access, Victims Services, and the NSW Trustee and Guardian.

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Pictured: Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW information stall with Community Engagement Officer

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Pictured: Community Engagement representatives from Department of Justice and Legal Aid

Pictured: Brendan Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW

There were Information stalls and workshops with topics including:

  • Trouble shooting common family reunion problems
  • Citizenship issues
  • Young people and the law 
  • Tenancy problems 
  • Domestic violence and victims services 
  • Options for dealing with fines
  • Issues in applying for the Disability Support Pension