Welcome to the Australian Arabic Council Website
Our organisation is committed to human rights and community relations issues affecting the Arabic culture and profile. You will note that we undertake a combination of proactive and reactive projects, whereby we are vigilant to changes in our environment, while endeavouring to make it a better place to live for all of us. We trust that your journey into our web site will be enlightening and inviting, as we welcome your participation and contribution to any of our initiatives.
AAC Members Attend AACCI Victoria AGM – 30/9/2015
Roland Jabbour Interview (Arabic) – CNBC Arabia – April 2014
AAC Attend Deakin University Conference on Terrorism – February, 2016
Recently AAC attended a conference on “Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism” held by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. The conference which lasted three days from 17-19 February, was attended by many government, academic and community representatives with talented subject-matter experts from Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. The conference aim was to gain a greater understanding of the International manifestation of the terrorism ideological phenomenon and to bridge the gap between grassroots and front line practitioners, policy makers and academics, while amplifying young peoples voices and promoting their active participation as agents of change.
AAC Executive Director Will Abdo connected and engaged with many of the participants, sharing thoughts and experiences with both local & international speakers and guests. AAC looks forward to continue the conversation with our connections to contribute towards a greater understanding of the issues on hand and foster greater social cohesion in Australia.
AAC attended a similar International conference held back in December, 2015 titled ‘The Muslim Question’ Citizenship and Racism in Australia. The conference was also held by ADI at Deakin University.
AAC Members Nominated to Muslim Community Reference Group
Recently the Minister for Multicultural Affairs the Hon. Robin Scott wrote to the Australian Arabic Council outlining the Victorian Government allocation of $25 million over four years to develop a whole of community approach to enhance social cohesion and community resilience and to prevent all forms of violent extremism.
To support this work, Mr Scott is establishing a Muslim Community Reference Group. The aim of the Reference Group is to facilitate a deeper understanding of challenges affecting Muslim communities and the strength which may be harnessed in developing solutions to those challenges. The Reference Group will report directly to Mr Scott.
Applications of Expression of Interest from AAC members Mr Will Abdo and Ms Iman Riman have been lodged with the Minister’s office for consideration and short-listing.
The AAC looks forward to working closely with the Victorian State Government on this positive and important initiative.