1. Innovator and entrepreneur Tan Le Johannes Simon / Getty Images Tan Le came to Australia by boat from Vietnam in 1982 when she was four years old. She is a qualified barrister and has co-founded a successful software company, Emotiv. 2. Western Sydney lawyer Deng Thiak Adut Conor Ashleigh for BuzzFeed Adut was conscripted at six-years-old as a child soldier in South Sudan and came to Australia aged 14. He taught himself how to read and write and graduated with a Bachelor of Law from Western Sydney University. He now works seven days a week at AC Law Group in Blacktown, which he co-founded. 3. Writer and poet Manal Younus AB Productions / Via Facebook: manalyounus Manal Younus followed her father from Eritrea to South Australia as a political refugee when she was just three years old. The 21-year-old has launched a monthly poetry and open mic night in Adelaide and has published her own book of poetry. 4. Orthopaedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis Toby Zerna / Newspix/REX/Shutterstock Munjed Al Muderis came to Australia from Baghdad on a rickety boat in 1999 after he refused orders by militants to mutilate the ears of army deserters. He is now one of the world's leading orthopaedic surgeons. 5. Business owner Riz Wakil Peter Parks / AFP / Getty Images Riz Wakil fled Afghanistan on a boat with 76 others and came to Australia as an asylum seeker in 1999. He now runs his own printing and design company in Sydney's southwest. 6. Roman Catholic bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen AAP In 1979 Nguyen came to Australia in a refugee boat as a teenager. This month Pope Francis appointed him the new Catholic Bishop for Parramatta. 7. Najeeba Wazefadost Models of Achievement / Via modelsofachievement.com.au Wazefadost left Afghanistan and arrived in Australia by boat in 2000. She holds a degree in medical science and is an ambassador for Amnesty International. She now campaigns for the rights of refugees and the release of children from detention centres. 8. Google employee Michael Ascharsobi University of Technology, Sydney / Via modelsofachievement.com.au Ascharsobi sought refuge in Australia after refusing to convert to Islam in Iran. He spent more than two years in detention centres before being released. After attending TAFE and university, he scored a job at Google Enterprise as a senior apps strategist. 9. Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic Ethan Miller / Getty Images Radulovic fled war torn Zavidovici in Bosnia when she was four years old. She was crowned Miss Universe Australia last year and said she would use her platform to campaign for social change. 10. Union organiser Aran Mylvaganam The Wheeler Centre / Via wheelercentre.com Mylvaganam was born in Sri Lanka's north and later lived in a refugee camp before coming to Australia, aged 13, alone in 1997. He works as a union organiser with the Finance Sector Union and is a spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council. 11. Businessman Frank Lowy Getty Lowy fled Hungary for Israel and then Australia in 1952 where he joined a business delivering smallgoods. He spent five decades building the Westfield Group and now has a net worth of over $7 billion.