Our purpose is to support newly arrived communities and individuals, empowering them to participate actively in all aspects of life in Australia.
We achieve our purpose by delivering high quality services in collaboration with communities, stakeholders, volunteers and professionals.
Clarification: on page 13 of the printed copy it reads '22 applicants arrived safely in Australia'. This has been amended in the online version to read '22 CSP applicants arrived safely in Australia.'
Kathy Kingston joined the ARA Board in November 2018 and was elected President in 2019. Now retired, Kathy brings over 30 years’ experience as a business manager and accountant, and has recently retired as director of a public company. Kathy has broad experience in finance, administration and management within small to medium organisations and has extensive experience as a board member. She has a strong commitment to human rights and social justice and has been actively involved in voluntary roles with several not-for-profit organisations for more than 35 years. Kathy was on the board of Amnesty International Australia for nine years, including four years as Chairperson followed by six years on the International Membership Appeals Committee. During that time she represented the Australian Section at several international meetings and gained extensive experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and budgeting, policy development, campaigning and fundraising.
With qualifications in law and arts, he has worked extensively within the parliamentary, judicial and executive arms of state and commonwealth government in both Adelaide and Canberra. Ritchie served as the Official Secretary to the South Australian Governor for five years, and is currently a policy adviser in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Ritchie has also served as Ambassador and member of the State Committee of the White Ribbon Campaign seeking to end violence against women.