Who we are

Australia Tibet Council campaigns for the freedom and human rights of Tibetans.

Our vision is a free Tibet in which Tibetans can determine their own future and freely pursue their cultural, political and economic developments.

We are inspired by the Tibetans who have resisted China’s occupation of their homeland with courage, hope and tenacity.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, certified by the Australian Government as a registered charity and funded by members across Australia. Founded in 1988, we are the largest community of Australians standing in solidarity with the people of Tibet.

  • We raise awareness about the real situation in Tibet, challenge China’s misrepresentation of human rights issues and mobilise public support for our campaigns.
  • We drive global support for the Tibet movement by lobbying the Australian parliament and government. We ensure our decision makers get the accurate information and take a firm, principled stand on Tibet.
  • We amplify the voices of Tibetans and ensure the international community hears their stories as China intensifies its propaganda efforts to control the discourse on Tibet.

Read our constitution.

Meet the team


Zoë Bedford, Executive Officer

Dr Zoë Bedford has been involved with the Australia Tibet Council since 1999 when she volunteered at an event. Since that time she worked with ATC as a campaigner and also on the Board as a director and chairperson.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Zoë has lived and worked overseas in the Philippines and Thailand. She was an aid worker for many years, supporting projects in the Pacific and working with Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border on diverse projects.

Zoë has a Doctor of Social Sciences in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Sydney as well as a Master in International Social Development from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Newcastle University.


Sonam, Digital Campaigner

Sonam has worked in various roles in media for print, television; freelance videography and also worked for non-profit organisations.

Sonam has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and English literature and an Advanced Diploma in Telecommunications.


Katie Camarena

Katie Camarena is Co-chair. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies from University of New South Wales and Graduate Certificate in International Health from Curtin University.

She has worked in digital communications at ​Greenpeace Australasia, Inspired Adventures and Union Aid-APHEDA. She had also worked at the ​Burma Children Medical Fund based on the Thai-Burma Border.

She has been a volunteer with Australia Tibet Council since 2000 and worked in the national office between 2003 and 2007. She joined the Board in 2014.


Tenzin Lobsang Khangsar

Tenzin Lobsang Khangsar joined the Board in 2020 and is Co-chair. He currently works as an interpreter with Home Affairs (Immigration), alongside being a home loan consultant at Star Lending Pvt. Ltd. and bi-cultural worker at Co-health. He has also worked in IT, childcare and as a social worker in Melbourne. He is volunteering as an advisor at Victoria Multicultural Commission, Co-health and MiCare.

Previously in India, he served as the president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Baroda. He has also served as both the vice-president (2013-2015) and president (2017-2019) of the Tibetan Community of Victoria.

Lobsang completed his schooling at the Tibetan Children’s Village, Ladakh and Dharamsala, India. He has a Masters in Economics from M.S. University and Master in Business (SAP) from Victoria University, Australia.


Sonam Paljor

Sonam Paljor joined the Board in 2014. He works with the NSW Health Department.

Before moving to Australia, he had worked at the Department of Health at Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala.

Sonam was born at the Dolanji Tibetan refugee settlement in northern India. He has a Bachelor of Science from Punjab University and a Masters in International Public Health from Sydney University.


Karen Collier

Karen is an interdisciplinary communications specialist and health professional currently working in the trauma field with a passion for working with underserved communities. She holds a Masters of Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Sydney, and most recently served as head of communications within Australia’s peak body providing psychosocial support and specialist services to refugee torture and trauma survivors from over 170 countries of origin.

Karen’s connection with the Tibetan community dates back to the early 2000’s. Since 2004 she has provided support in various capacities to the Tibet Information Office Australia and the Tibetan Community of NSW. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s visionary dialogues between Tibetan Buddhism and Western Science, Karen is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in Psychotherapy, with special interest in the wisdom traditions of ancient civilizations and mind-body practices for the treatment of traumatic stress.

As a human rights defender, she is firmly committed to increasing trauma literacy in the global media and supporting the Tibetan people to realise their right to self-determination.


Jonathon Cebon

Professor Jonathan Cebon was a foundation executive member of ATC in 1990. During ATC’s early years he was a contributor and editor of ATC News, a member of the organising committee for the 1991 Australian tour of HH the Dalai Lama, and actively participated in the lobbying activities of ATC including; seeking the humanitarian immigration intake of Tibetans into Australia, hosting the Australian visits of Kalon Tash Wangdi and Representative Pema Gyalpo, and Lhasang Tsering of Tibetan Youth Congress.

He participated in the meeting between HH the Panchen Lama and community members in Melbourne in 1986 and was previously a medical officer at Delek Hospital in Dharamsala and Sonam Ling Tibetan Refugee Settlement in Leh, Ladakh. Jonathan re-joins the Board after 30 years.


Yama Choezom

Yama was born in Tibet and grew up in India, attending the Tibetan Children’s Village School. She has a BA, LLB from India and has worked at a Tibetan Law firm in India as an Associate.

Yama moved to Australia in 2017 to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Melbourne. She is an admitted solicitor and currently practising as a litigation lawyer at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Yama previously worked in private practices in the areas of immigration, construction and not-for-profit at law firms in Sydney, from boutique to top-tier law firms.


Kalsang Tsering

Kalsang was born in Tibet and at a young age left for India. He has worked for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala as a public servant before immigrating to Australia under the program of Australian Humanitarian Settlement Program just ahead of the pandemic.

Kalsang has also served as the President of the ACT Tibetan Community and Chair of the Tibetan Communities of Australia.

Kalsang has a wealth of experience as he was a member of the Tibetan negotiation team led by the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama late Mr. Lodi G. Gyari and participated at the Eighth Round of Talks with the Chinese leadership.


Sonam Choedon

Sonam is a community leader and a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with over 17 years of experience in different areas of financial management, including financial governance.

Born in a Tibetan refugee community in South India, Sonam was raised and educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village school. She moved to Australia as a young woman, two decades ago and pursued higher education at the Australian National University. She began her career in accounting and finance at the Australian Council for International Development and later worked as an accountant for the charity Anglicare. She joined the Australian Public Services in 2013.

Sonam is committed to and is passionate about empowering the community. She sits on the Boards of both Tibet Information Office and Tibet Culture Centre, Australia. Previously, Sonam has served as the President of ACT Tibetan Community and as the Secretary of the Australian National Tibetan Community Association.



Cameron Rowland

Cameron Rowland is a qualified secondary school teacher who has worked in both government and non-government schools across Sydney and Melbourne. He has been a passionate and avid supporter of the Tibetan cause, supporting many newly arrived Tibetan students in their secondary schooling context and volunteering to help many young primary school Tibetans with reading.

Born and raised in Sydney, Cameron has previously run his own tutoring business. He has a Bachelor of Secondary Education/Arts and Humanities and a Master of Education Research degree from the University of Sydney. He now works as an English teacher in Melbourne and continues to dedicate his time helping young Tibetans integrate into society through volunteer tutoring.


Annual reports

ATC 2022 Annual Report

ATC 2022 Annual Report

In 2022, our work centred on the following four campaigns: “I will not watch” (Beijing Olympics), protecting Tibetan religious identity and the future succession of the Dalai Lama by Tibetan people, calling on Australia to adopt reciprocal access to Tibet legislation and applying Magnitsky sanctions for human rights abuses.

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Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2021

Thanks to your support in 2021, we saw several campaign wins. Read our annual report to learn more about what we achieved together for Tibet in 2021.

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Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020

2020 was a difficult year, with all the challenges that a global pandemic brings. Still, thanks to your support, we saw campaign wins. Read our annual report to learn more about what we achieved together for Tibet in 2020.

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ATC Award Recipients

ATC Award Recipients

The Australia Tibet Council is fortunate to have deeply dedicated supporters. With the aim of recognising members who have made significant contributions over the years, ATC presents annual awards.


We collaborate with global partners to ensure that campaigns are coordinated and targeted in order to amplify our work and have substantial impact here in Australia and across the world. Learn more.