About Arja Keski-Nummi

Arja Keski-Nummi

Arja’s career with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship spanned more than 30 years. Most recently, she was First Assistant Secretary of the Refugee, Humanitarian and International Division from 2007 – 2010, where her responsibilities included high level policy and reform of all aspects of Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program. This encompassed asylum and protection issues in Australia, Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement programs and engagement with international organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and governments on matters relating to protection and humanitarian assistance to displaced people. Arja has played a key role in the development of Australia’s settlement and integration policies for humanitarian entrants as well as being involved in direct delivery of services to refugees and migrants. From 1987 – 1993 she worked in Senior Adviser positions to immigration ministers in the Hawke and Keating Governments, including to Mick Young and Gerry Hand. In 2010 Arja received the Public Service Medal for her work delivering Australia’s Humanitarian Program.

Posts by Arja Keski-Nummi

Inside Story | 27 June 2013

No country is an island…  Australia could help improve safety, shelter and healthcare through developing regional arrangements According to CPD Fellow Arja Keski-Nummi, Australia is hardly doing its part when it comes to refugees, with several million in the Asia-Pacificmore

The Wire | 13 June 2013

A comparison of immigration policies… While both major parties pursue populist policies, whether either set will work is questionable. CPD fellow Arja Keski-Nummi discusses the details and compares the party policies on immigration, with asylum seekers a major issue this election.more