This public symposium seeks to facilitate discussions on the role of institutions and various actors in contributing to a multicultural society.

In particular, it will look at the strategic approaches employed by places of worship, government, business, schools, universities, sporting activities and art and culture, to promote multiculturalism, religious tolerance, and inclusion.

multifaith-centre-outsideConsisting of three panel discussion groups [Business and Government from 9:00am; Arts, Sports, and Schools from 10:45am; and Religious places of worship from 1:30pm] chaired by Robert Kingham, the symposium will canvas important questions regarding what methods work, what are the challenges, and what is potentially transferable to other country contexts and what is relevant for promoting a multicultural, pluralistic Islamic education environment in Indonesia.

The symposium is part of an Australian Government-funded Short Course Award, “Islamic Education to Promote Multiculturalism”, developed in association with Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.


  • **Imam Afroz Ali, Head of Ali Ghazzali Centre, Sydney
  • **Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director, Multicultural Affairs Queensland
  • Ana Bran, General Manager, Maintenance East Coast, Aurizon
  • Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland
  • Clem Campbell, President United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) QLD
  • Very Reverend Dr. Peter Catt, Dean of Anglican Cathedral
  • Reuban Keehan, Curator, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
  • Venerable Chueh Shan, Abbess of Chung Tian Temple
  • Associate Professor Afshin Akhtarkhavari, Griffith University

**Recently added panellists

Additional panellists to be announced…

Date: Monday 30th May 2016
Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm, Registration from 8:15am; 3:30pm – 5:00pm Networking reception
Cost: Free
RSVP: Reservations are essential and can be made via the symposium event web page by Wednesday 25 May.

Note: Please feel free to attend any of our 3 panels listed above.

Places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information and reservations, please email [email protected].