Aran Mylvaganam was born in Tamil Eelam, North-East of Sri Lanka. Between 1995 and 1997 he lived in a refugee camp in Udayarkaddu, before coming to Australia as a 13-year-old unaccompanied refugee in 1997. He was detained in Villawood detention centre for three months.
In 2011 he founded the Tamil Refugee Council, which initiated and has led the Home to Biloela campaign to fight for Tamil family Priya, Nades and their two children to remain in Australia. He is a trade union organiser and a member of the Victorian Socialists.