About Us

Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR)

Mission Statement

Committed and sincere Muslim Australians working to enhance the status of Muslims in Australia by promoting a positive understanding of
Muslims and Islam through education, civil society and the media.

Australia’s first Islamic Think Tank: thought leadership in action

The Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations is an independent non-sectarian public relations think tank, aimed specifically at promoting a positive and harmonious relationship between MUSLIMS AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY.

It is a not for profit organization. It has to date successfully made an impact on the Australian media and been one of the voices of reason
in the Australian Muslim community. FAIR has large following from young and old Australians and acts as a role model for youth.

FAIR has extensive research and knowledge of the community and deals effectively with wide-ranging issues. As well as being a public
interface, FAIR monitors media, pursues complaints and assists journalists with stories and runs “Inside Islam” Seminars (Outreach
program for journalists) which is designed to assist media professionals.

FAIR has also been pivotal in building bridges at grass roots levels. From initiatives such as the award-winning Goodness and Kindness
Project to volunteering programs and arts projects.

FAIR’s Aims and Objectives are:

To speak out for the rights and freedoms of all Australians to practice their religion openly and without fear of persecution or discrimination

To protect our civil liberties and promote an open and harmonious society

To educate the community about the differences and similarities between various religious communities and to eradicate ignorance and
intolerance towards any one religious group To promote inclusiveness and participation between various inter-religious and ethnic groups

To ensure accurate and ethical media reporting of events concerning the Islamic community and to provide an avenue of complaint in the case of
a breach in the code of practices and ethics in the print and broadcasting media

To provide appropriate and adequate representation for the grassroots Islamic community and to have a strong unified voice

To enter into inter-community and inter-faith dialogue and have active involvement with the public in general utilising existing inter-faith
groups and organisations

To promote Islam within the community and to create a foundation, especially for young Muslims to base themselves upon in Australia.

To provide mentoring and leadership programs for youth and to provide training in areas of media, communications and video production.

To research and compile information and statistics about on-going issues and facts about the Australian Muslim community

To disseminate informative material (print, audio and video) which accurately sets out the Islamic view and dispels misinformation and
myths about Islam

Past projects

2002-07  –  Goodness and Kindness School Visits Program ( by a Muslim, Christian &Jew)

2004  – Race Religion and Rhetoric Conference

2005  – Alternatives to Violence Project – Interfaith

2006  – Children reclaim the beach festival Cronulla

2006  – Breaking the Ice in Cronulla Community Forum

2006  – Out of your zone anti-violence workshop in Cronulla

2007  – NSW State Muslim Youth Summit

2007  – FAIR Media Awards

2002-present  – Inside Islam Seminars and Outreach program

2002- present  – Media For Muslims Training

2006-7  – Youthfusion – Youth leadership and mentoring program.

2007  – FAITH Ways – inter-faith inter-church/mosque peace walks

2007/08  – FITRA Academy of Islamic Sciences – courses

2007  – Campus Conversations – talks on Islam to journalism and political science students (NSW/Vic)

2008  – National Youth Volunteering symposium

2008  – Big Brother police and youth mentoring program

2008  – The Art of Leadership conference

2008  – Artslam 21 – the art of leadership. The program focuses on calligraphy, hip hop, comedy and poetry.

2008  – Backout – Outback Muslim youth leadership camp

2009  – Hearts and Minds Muslim Youth Leadership Program in Indonesia (involved 10 Australian Muslims and 20 Indonesian)

2009  – Hearts and Minds Youth Leadership Conference (Gadja Madah University)

2010  – Australia and Malaysia Cross cultural program with International Islamic University of Malaysia

2010  – Australia and Malaysia leadership Conference – International Islamic University of Malaysia

2010  – Aussie Mossie Multicultural short Film Festival (Reading Cinema)

2011  – Elephant in the Room Human Rights Education framework project

2011  – Elephant in the Room Human Rights film festival (Bankstown Arts Centre)

2012  – Next Gen Leadership Program

2012/13  – Southern Crescent Online Peace Initiative – www.islamate.org.au website