African-Australian Organisations and Resources

  • Australia Awards for Africa scholarships – provides academic scholarships to undertake Master Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas to nationals of Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
  • African Australian Online Resource (AricanOz) – African Australian ‘portal’ offering free African events listings, music, study, communities and other links and resources. Set up with the aim of improving community access to the web, showcasing African Australian arts and culture for everyone to enjoy, and raising the profile and understanding of Africa in Australia.Links, info on events, news, music, travel & more.
  • African Professionals of Australia (APA) – a non-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to empower professionals of African origin to reach their full potential in their respective professions. This includes providing a platform to pursue and achieve continued professional relevance and impact to the Australian community at large.
  • Africa Media Association (AMA) – a media advocacy company that focuses on showcasing positive stories from African-Australian communities in response to the ongoing and overly negative portrayal of these communities in the mainstream media organisations in Australia and beyond.  AMA is involved in  “advocacy journalism” and seeks to use the media (openly and transparently) as an instrument to pursue positive social changes for Afro-Australian communitesAMA also organises the Victorian African Community Awards (VACA). The VACAs are an opportunity to highlight the invaluable contribution that various individuals and organisations make to African-Australian communities by adding value to the lives of many and making Victoria a better place to be. VACA also provides an opportunity to celebrate leadership, entrepreneurship and service to the community, as a means to encourage younger African-Australians to go for their dreams and achieve their full potential. Nominations for the awards can be made at the AMA website.
  • Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference – Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference (AAIC) is a business enabling international forum that is focused on building business relationships between African and Australian Infrastructure stakeholders. AAIC is a one-stop international conference designed to present every delegate with a great opportunity to meet and interact with African and Australian infrastructure decision-makers drawn from key sectors.
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Africa section – contains details of Australian diplomatic and political ties, humanitarian assistance, and trade relations with African states.
  • The Australian Federal Government’s response to the Report of the Joint Standing Committee on DFAT’s Inquiry into Australia’s relationship with the countries of Africa
  • Celebrate African Australians inc – a group dedicated to profiling and celebrating African-Australians who make significant contributions to their local and national communities.
  • Australia Africa Business Council (AABC) – aims to unite business communities on both continents. The Council promotes business networks, social contacts and increased trade and investment between Africa and Australia.
  • African Think Tank – Research group which aims to act as the voice of refugee and migrant communities, mainly African-Australians in Victoria.
  • Australia- Africa University Network (AAUN) – a network of Australian and African universities promoting collaboration and research relevant to the Millenium Development Goals.

Other resources of interest

Momey, Power & Sex: The Paradox of Unequal Growth
It’s not all black and white – An African story

Africans in Oz since 1788
Australia and Africa: A new commitment
Reflections on the life and times of African refugees in Australia
African Australians: Human rights and social inclusion project
A conversation on trust: Community policing and refugee settlement in regional Australia
Sudanese Community History Project online – Migration Heritage Museum NSW
Australian embassies, high commissions, consulates, multilateral missions and representative offices
Foreign embassies in Australia
Speech to Australia-Africa Business Council, by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd