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The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) is a not for profit organisation that has been operating in Melbourne since 2000 with the aims of promoting multiculturalism and fostering intercultural and interfaith dialogue. They believe in reaching out to all members of society by providing a platform for cultural and information exchange. In this regard, they are inspired by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic scholar who emphasises dialogue, respect and tolerance.

Since its establishment, AIS has organised international study tours, academic conferences, cultural exhibitions, Ramadan iftar dinners and government sponsored projects, among other activities. Each event provides ample networking opportunities, so the circle of people wanting to build bridges with other communities and collaborate on projects with AIS grows with each program.

AIS believes it is necessary to work in partnership with different segments of society. Alongside connecting with cultural and religious organisations, it has collaborated with people in the areas of government and public service, education, sports, academia and media, as well as NGOs, faith and ethnic communities.

In partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), AIS funded the Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Dialogue, which provides academic leadership in the research of Islam and Muslim-Catholic relations and informs dialogue and engagement practices.

An advisory committee to AIS assists in identifying programs and projects to enhance multiculturalism and interfaith activities. Currently, the committee is chaired by Professor Rae Frances, Dean of the Faculty of Arts of Monash University, with deputy chair Shane Marshall, former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

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