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Harmony Alliance Members are drawn from three constituency groups:

  • National, state-wide and local organisations representing migrant and refugee women in Australia;

  • National, state-wide and local organisations working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia; and

  • Individuals identifying as women from migrant or refugee backgrounds who, in a personal capacity, are making a substantive contribution to the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women in Australia and who are not representatives of any Alliance Member organisation.

The membership model is a key strength of the Harmony Alliance, with each constituency bringing its unique perspectives to provide a holistic approach to our work.

Alliance Members come together once a year for a planning forum to set strategic directions for the Alliance, both short- and long-term.

Benefits of membership

Members of the Harmony Alliance have the opportunity to contribute to the development of policy advice, system reform input, research, and pilot initiatives on key systemic issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia. This includes opportunities to:

  • Participate in our annual members-only planning forum to set up strategic direction for the Alliance, both short and long term.

  • Represent the Harmony Alliance at relevant forums and conferences

  • Vote and stand for our Alliance Council

  • Participate in relevant consultations to make sure your voice is heard

  • Exchange practices, network and collaborate with other members

  • Get updates about issues of importance to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds

  • Promote your work

  • Participate in events with other National Women’s Alliances.

How to become a member

To become a member, eligible organisations and individuals are requested to download, complete and return the application form to the Secretariat at:

Migration Council Australia
Level 4, 28 University Ave
Canberra ACT 2600

The Secretariat will confirm receipt of the application via email. The Alliance Council considers applications for Alliance membership at Council meetings held approximately once every quarter. You will be notified of the outcome of your application after the next scheduled Council meeting.

Individual application form
Organisation application form

Membership Criteria

Members must fall within one of the following categories:

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women* in Australia should:

  • Demonstrate that the principal purpose and activity of the organisation is to represent a migrant and refugee women’s group(s); and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to representation of women from a migrant and/or refugee background in the organisation membership and/or governance.

Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women

Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women* in Australia are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a significant commitment by the organisation to support the wellbeing of migrant and refugee women and advancing their social, economic and cultural participation.

Individual members

Individual members are expected to:

  • Identify** as women* from a migrant or refugee background;
  • Be 18 years and over;
  • Demonstrate that they share the Harmony Alliance’s aims of promoting the rights, voice and participation of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia; and
  • Not serve as a primary representative of an Alliance organisational member.

*Including transwomen and non-binary people.

** The Harmony Alliance does not seek to place limitations around what such an identity means. As a guide, it is expected that a woman from a migrant or refugee background would see a migration story as a large part of their identity. They do not need to have migrated themselves – this migration story could belong to their parents or their grandparents, but should nonetheless form a large part of their identity, including how they see and portray themselves day-to-day.

Current members

Organisational members representing migrant and refugee women:
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council
Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights
The Australian National Committee on Refugee Women
African Women Australia
Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW
Ethnic Communities' Council of WA Inc.
Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia
Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association
Islamic Women’s Association of Australia
Multicultural Communities of Illawarra
Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory
Muslim Women Association
Tongan Association Canberra and Queanbeyan
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition
Organisational members working for the advancement and inclusion of migrant and refugee women:
Access Community Services
Advance Diversity Services
Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors
Asylum Seekers Centre Inc.
Auburn Diversity Services
Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health
Australian Migrant Resource Centre
Beryl Women Inc.
Centacare FNQ
Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Core Community Services
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Louisa Domestic Violence Service
Melaleuca Refugee Centre
Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc.
Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
Migration Council Australia
Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Ltd.
Multicultural Futures Inc.
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia
Multicultural Families Organisation
Multicultural Service Centre of WA Inc.
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network NSW
Multicultural Youth South Australia
MultiLink Community Services Inc
National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Northern Settlement Services
NT Working Women’s Centre
Refugee Council of Australia
Rural Australians for Refugees Inc.
Settlement Council of Australia
Settlement Services International
Southern Refugee & Migrant Centre
Sydwest Multicultural Services
The Humanitarian Group
United Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre
Welcome to Australia
Wellsprings for Women
Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre
Women’s Centre for Health Matters Inc.
Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services
Individual members

Maria Dimopoulos

Hala Abdelnour

Vasiliki Arachi (Vicki)

Samira Ata

Alisha Fernando

Inaam Barakat

Fortunata Maria Callipari

Moira Furtado

Khadija Gbla

Yen Hawkes

Haleh Homaei

Iren Hunyadi

Nadia Khan

Jawoon Kim

Aldona Kmiec

C. Tandi Kuwana

Ellen Lahti

Meire de Mello

Malini Raj

Dinar Tyas

Anna Voloschenko

Maryam Zahid

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