SPEAKERS

  • Alan Harris

    Noongar Elder and Custodian, Bibbulman Clan

  • Andrew Giles MP

    Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

  • Brian Cooper

    Data Analyst, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

  • Cammy Lu

  • Craig Foster

    Sports Analyst, SBS

  • Deruka Dekuek

    Refugee from South Sudanese

  • Dewayne Everettsmith

    Australian Singer

  • Dominic Hong Duc Golding

    Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA

  • Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO

    Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

  • Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

    Founding Member, AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council)

  • Fablice Manirakiza

    Come and See Burundi (CSBU)

  • Faustina Agolley

  • Fiona Jolly

    Chief Executive Officer, Ad Standards

  • Ghassan Kassisieh

    Legal Director, Equality Australia

  • Hana Assafiri OAM

    Social Activist

  • Hanan Ibrahim

    Social Activist and Fashion Model

  • Hiranthi Perera

    Program Manager, National Community Hubs Program

  • Juliana Nkrumah AM

    Domestic Violence Project Manager, Settlement Services International

  • Khadija Gbla

    Director, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy

  • Lakshmi Jones

    Dream Plan Do Coordinator Support, Community Arts Network

  • Maker Mayek

    Principal, Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors

  • Malini Raj

    Head of Strategy – Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

  • Manal Younos

    Australian-based Freelance Storyteller

  • Memoona Rafique

    Program Coordinator, Relationships Australia South Australia

  • Michael Cooke

  • Michael Zgryza

    Community Services Manager

  • Monica Kane

    General Manager, Community Arts Network

  • Moreno Grison

    Board Chair of Spectrum MRC

  • Nicole Bissett Laupepa

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist, Settlement Services International

  • Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

    Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

  • Professor Fethi Mansouri

    Founding Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

  • Rachael McIntyre

    General Manager nbn™ local, NBN Co

  • Rhanna Collins

    Executive Editor, Indigenous News & Current Affairs, NITV

  • Sarabjit Kaur

    Migrant English Program Coordinator, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Tamas Nyeste

    Head of Interpreting, 2M Language Services

  • Tim Costello

    Ethical Voice

  • Violet Roumeliotis

    CEO, Settlement Services International

  • Warwick Agnew

    Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, QLD

  • Wesa Chau

    Cultural Intelligence

Alan Harris

Noongar Elder and Custodian, Bibbulman Clan

Alan Harris, a Noongar Elder and Custodian from the Bibbulman Clan near Margaret River, WA is the Education Director of Cultural Infusion’s First Nations’ program. Since 2002, Alan has delivered workshops to over 600,000 students. In his programs, Alan draws on lived experiences to promote reconciliation and awareness throughout Australia.

Andrew Giles MP

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship

Andrew was elected as Member for Scullin in 2013. He is a strong believer in the value of community and a passionate advocate for Melbourne’s north. Locally, Andrew has advocated for better public transport and local roads including an upgrade to the O’Herns / Hume Highway interchange, North-East Link and better funding for local schools.

In his current role as the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew is committed to bringing all Australians together to benefit from Australia’s multicultural diversity.

Andrew’s policy interests include cities, the future of work, climate change, immigration, refugees and social policy.

He has contributed to public debate, as well as policy formulation on these issues and on improving the health of our democracy.

Andrew previously served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools from 2016.

In this role he focussed on Labor’s policies for students with disability, rural and regional schools and vocational education in high school.

Prior to being elected, Andrew worked mostly as an employment lawyer helping people uphold their rights at work.

Andrew lives with his wife Jill, and they are proud parents of two young children – Daniel and Alice.

Brian Cooper

Data Analyst, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

He has an undergraduate degree in social science and postgraduate degrees in Urban Studies and Social Work.

His role with NEDA is to develop robust methods to estimate disability and ethnicity.   He is a passionate advocate of ensuring that the correct estimates are used in the appropriate context.

His early work with NEDA help to influence the government of the period to change the estimates used for the NDIS from 410,000 to 460,00 years before the NDIA commenced using the 460,000 as an estimate.

Cammy Lu

Cammy is a proud Vietnamese young woman who is passionate about the potentials of young people. Coming from a migrant background she is now working as a teacher, inspiring and empowering students in many aspects of life. She is a member of the Vietnamese Community Australia – youth leadership team and is currently sitting on the advisory board for the Dual identity leadership program.  One of her main objective is working to reconcile the intergenerational conflict within the Vietnamese community and encourage a deeper sense of understanding through compassion and empathy.

Craig Foster

Sports Analyst, SBS

Craig Foster is a former Socceroos captain and current sports analyst for SBS. He is also an Amnesty International ambassador and sits on the sits on the Australia Multiculturalism Council

Deruka Dekuek

Refugee from South Sudanese

Deruka works for the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, as a settlement coordinator helping newly arrived refugees and migrants. She is a mother of five beautiful children.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Art in Community Development International
  • Master in International Development Studies

Dewayne Everettsmith

Australian Singer

In 2007, Dewayne graduated with his Cert III in Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Aboriginal Health Worker) and has since actively played many roles within his community. Dewayne has been recognised with a Human Rights Week award – for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his Aboriginal heritage. Dewayne continues his role within his community with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as the Cultural Awareness Coordinator delivering cultural awareness training. Dewayne is passionate about the revival and continuation of language (palawa kani), especially in the area of songs for ceremony and dance.

From his childhood appearances within his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community, through many festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, his audition for Australian Idol, one thing has become very clear – Dewayne’s a very special performer. One of those rare performers with a gift, a presence, Dewayne simply tells his story to a crowded room and most individuals listening feel he’s singing just for them. He can’t explain it and he’s not consciously trying to use it; it’s just there, it’s just him

“ … as a support act on this tour, a Tasmanian, Dewayne Everettsmith, a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash. His short opening set, full of memorable songs and glorious harmonies, was spellbinding” Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011

High praise, indeed, from Australia’s pre-eminent music critic. But, typical of the praise heaped on Dewayne around Australia during a national & international tour with Gurrumul Yunupingu

And audiences were even more enthusiastic when Dewayne repeated this support role for eight shows across Europe – with the promoter, Dramatico Entertainment’s managing director Andrew Bowles, saying, “We’ve never before had such an amazing audience response to a support act.”

Dewayne’s on stage presence, song writing and the beauty of his voice – has earning recognition as a rising star, a future great, of the Australian music industry.

Even without the album Dewayne’s been places and done things most Australian performers only dream of:

  • Supported Gurrumul Yunupingu nationally and in Europe;
  • Performed a private show for Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, and her entourage;
  • Starred in a Tourism Australia video, receiving over 560,000 hits on Youtube;
  • Supported artists of the calibre of Archie Roach, John Farnham and Guy Sebastian;
  • Wowed audiences in two shows with the prestigious Black Arm Band – including a duet with Paul Kelly during the Melbourne International Arts Festival;
  • Performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as part of G’Day USA; and
  • Appointed national ambassador for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.
  • Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014

Topping all of these, he’s become the voice of Australia as his song ‘Its Like Love’ is the centrepiece of the new $250M global TV advertising campaign for Tourism Australia. This international marketing drive centres around Dewayne’s song and has received over 20,000,000 views since June 2012.

Aside from the popular “It’s Like Love”, the other available song is significant. One of them, Make it feel so right’, Dewayne wrote for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Dewayne has been appointed one of the two national ambassadors for the Appeal. Proceeds from this song go directly to funding efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil.

Dominic Hong Duc Golding

Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA

Dominic Hong Duc Golding came in a box, ‘Operation Babylift’ one of some 300 plus children and babies evacuated from orphanages in South Vietnam. Dominic has a background in community arts to disability support worker. His projects has been with Australian Vietnamese Youth Media, in partnership with the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VIC chapter) directed Walking Without Feet (2004) an arts showcase by Vietnamese young adults with special needs. Dominic has returned to Vietnam three times, each time a new show was developed, Shrimp (2005, 2007) which won the Drama Victoria Award, Mr. Saigon, Ms. Hanoi (2007). He curator of two exhibitions; Unseen Habitation (2014) and Vessels to a Story (2016) for RISE, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers. Dominic recently completed a University of Melbourne fellowship on refugees with disabilities. He is currently the Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA, an NGO to supporting those from NESB with disabilities.

Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO

Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 30 years of experience in multicultural affairs and serves on a number of committees and boards. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Founding Member, AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council)

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli teaches, writes, researches and is a community activist on  cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. She is a Founding Member of AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), an umbrella organisation supporting culturally and religiously diverse LGBTIQ communities, services and organisations in Australia. Maria also sits on two Victoria Police Priorities Communities Reference Groups: the LGBTIQ Reference Group and the Multicultural Reference Group; and the DHHS (Dept of Health and Human Services) LGTBTIQ Taskforce Working Group.   Her current research is “Mobs and Wogs”: Family Histories of Indigenous People with Southern European Heritage”.

Fablice Manirakiza

Come and See Burundi (CSBU)

Fablice Manirakiza grew up as a child soldier in war-torn Burundi. In 2007, he escaped his country, arriving in Australia as a refugee to build his life in music. Now a rap icon among Australian youth, he has performed at concerts and workshops across Australia, East Timor and Africa. Fablice was named the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year. In 2019, the Australian Council for the Arts recognised his work in community arts and cultural development with the Kirk Robson Award. Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Fablice has established himself as an artist of influence in Melbourne’s cultural landscape.  Fablice has served as President of the Australian Burundian Community in Victoria  and is a proud ambassador of his community and his people.

Faustina Agolley

Faustina Agolley is a TV Host (Video Hits, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, The Voice, Cybershack), Writer (Growing Up African in Australia, Huffington Post), Actor (Harrow) and a DJ

Fiona Jolly

Chief Executive Officer, Ad Standards

Fiona Jolly has been Chief Executive Officer of Ad Standards since October 2005, following an extensive and diverse career with a number of Commonwealth Government departments. In her role at Ad Standards she has implemented her vision of a best practice and innovative advertising complaints handling body.

Ghassan Kassisieh

Legal Director, Equality Australia

Ghassan Kassisieh is the Legal Director at Equality Australia, an organisation working to ensure equality for LGBTIQ+ people and their families.  Prior to his role at Equality Australia, Ghassan was a litigation lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, and the Policy and Development Coordinator at the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby. He is the author of works on homophobia experienced by same-sex attracted Australians from Arabic-speaking backgrounds and Australian refugee decisions based on sexual orientation.

Hana Assafiri OAM

Social Activist

Whether it is fostering social cohesion through community events or creating a safe, diverse space for Muslim women to share their stories, Ms Hana Assafiri is a compassionate and unspoken hero within the Victorian community. She is a tireless advocate for women in the community, a spokesperson for Islamic feminism in Australia and as a long-time Melbourne icon, she is celebrated for both her generosity and success as a businesswoman.

Hanan Ibrahim

Social Activist and Fashion Model

Hanan Ibrahim is a Kenyan-Born, Somali refugee raised in Melbourne. She is Australia’s first hijab wearing model and juggles her modelling career with her medical career as a Radiation Therapist. Previously, Hanan worked as a project officer for the Australian Multicultural Foundation working in CVE and running leadership programs to empower young Somali women.

Hiranthi Perera

Program Manager, National Community Hubs Program

Hiranthi Perera is the National Community Hubs Program Manager. Since 2017, Hiranthi has supported hubs to expand the breadth of programs and services offered nationally by creating opportunities for networking and sharing knowledge, skills and experience among the hub network. Hiranthi has over 10 years’ experience in the community development sector and holds a Masters of Business Administration from RMIT University Melbourne.

Juliana Nkrumah AM

Domestic Violence Project Manager, Settlement Services International

Ms Juliana Nkrumah AM is the Domestic Violence Project Manager at Settlement Services International. Juliana founded African Women Australia and has served on several Boards to improve the status of women, including the Board of YWCA NSW, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Act for Peace, African Ministerial Committee, and the Eminent Australians Committee to review the Australian Citizenship Test.

Juliana was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for her work in the community, and was the winner of Woman of the West from University of Western Sydney in 2007.

Khadija Gbla

Director, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality.

Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, sexual health, racism, human rights, mental health, migrants and refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy. She is the survivor advocate protecting Australian girls from FGM and supporting survivors of FGM. She has represented Australia in the international arena at the Harvard National Model United Nations, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Australian and Africa Dialogue, Commonwealth heads of States Women’s Forum etc. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level.

Khadija has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including 2019 Instyle Magazine The Advocate for Acceptance Human Rights Award, 2017 cosmopolitan magazine women of the year finalist, 2016 women’s Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a difference –non-profit Award, 2014 The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 most Influential Women, 2013 Madison Magazine Australia’s top 100 inspiring Women, 2013 Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out in 2013, 2011 State Finalist Young Australian of the Year – just to name a few.

Lakshmi Jones

Dream Plan Do Coordinator Support, Community Arts Network

Lakshmi has a passion for all things events, communications, culture and the arts. Currently in her final semester studying event management at Curtin University, Lakshmi has gained an immense range of experience through her work in various positions over the last six years, before joining Community Arts Network earlier this year.

Maker Mayek

Principal, Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors

  • Maker Mayek is a lawyer and the principal solicitor at Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors, based in Melbourne.
  • Education: Maker Holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Canberra and a Masters of Law from the University of New South Wales as well as a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University
  • Maker is a board member of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)
  • Background: Maker was born in the current day South Sudan and migrated to Australia in 2004 as a refugee, together with his elder brother and his auntie’s family.
  • Maker is based in Melbourne and is called upon regularly in the media to comment on the issues of racism and emerging communities in Victoria.
  • Maker is a passionate advocate for multicultural Australia and strongly believes that Australia is a massive tent, that has enough room and can accommodate all of us irrespective of our individual backgrounds: so why hate!

Malini Raj

Head of Strategy – Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

Malini has worked in the Finance industry for 20 years in several domestic and international institutions. She is now Head of Strategy for Multicultural Community Banking at the Commonwealth Bank, a role that allows her to work in her area of passion on a daily basis – promoting cultural diversity and social cohesion.

Manal Younos

Australian-based Freelance Storyteller

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices.

Memoona Rafique

Program Coordinator, Relationships Australia South Australia

Memoona is the Coordinator of PEACE Multicultural Services and have been an International Civil Servant for United Nations for over 8 years. Memoona is a counsellor and a project management professional serving multicultural communities nationally/internationally in community development, education & training and one-on-one support.

Michael Cooke

Michael Cooke is a retired public servant who has a life- long interest in South Asian history, religion, politics and culture. In the recent past he wrote a biography of a Lankan political activist entitled: Rebellion, Repression and the Struggle for Justice in Sri Lanka: The Lionel Bopage Story which was published in 2011. In 2014 he published a short book entitled: Christianity, Islam and Atheism: Reflections on Religion, society and Politics. I am also the resident film and book reviewer of a Sydney Journal called, Doryanthes (a plant species unique to the South Sydney region). Michael has also, when the occasion demanded, published a number of book reviews and articles over the years for miscellaneous journals like Overland.

Michael Zgryza

Community Services Manager

Michael Zgryza has worked across the community sector for over 30 years, specifically in the youth and refugee/multicultural space and is currently the Community Services Manager with MultiLink Community Services Inc. Michael has oversight of the Youth, Community Development, Financial Wellbeing, Employment & Training, Settlement, Aged and Disability service areas.

Monica Kane

General Manager, Community Arts Network

Monica Kane is from Noongar boodja (country) and is the daughter of Dutch and Irish parents. She is co-leader of CAN – Community Art Network. Working with First People’s First CAN achieves inspiring, artistic outcomes that honour stories from all communities. CAN’s purpose is to increase representation of diverse voices in the arts in WA.

Moreno Grison

Board Chair of Spectrum MRC

Moreno is currently Board Chair of Spectrum MRC, having served as a Director since 2014.  Strongly committed to social justice, he has also previously been a health care consumer advocate and workplace representative, advising on and advocating for the participation and engagement of diverse community groups. Professionally, Moreno has over 33 years’ experience in a range of audit, compliance and assurance roles.

Nicole Bissett Laupepa

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist, Settlement Services International

Nicole Bissett Laupepa is a brave and strong Gomaroi woman from Northern NSW – she has come from a strong line of Gomaroi warrior women.

Nicole has worked for 25 years in 100’s of Aboriginal remote and regional communities. She is an experienced and passionate cultural community advocate for social justice and work within a framework that allows Aboriginal people to be served, supported and understood within their own cultural belief systems.

Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

Andrew Jakubowicz is emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney. He researches race, ethnicity, identity and communication, in both contemporary and historical contexts. A central focus has been on the possibility of culturally diverse societies, and the conditions for their survival. He directs Making Multicultural Australia, at multiculturalaustralia.edu.au.

Professor Fethi Mansouri

Founding Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Professor Fethi Mansouri is the founding Director (2015-) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Since 2013, he held the UNESCO Chair in comparative research on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’ and in 2016 was appointed Convenor of the UNESCO UniTwin Network for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding.  Professor Mansouri is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies and founding co-editor of the international journal of Social Inclusion.  Since 2010, Professor Mansouri has been serving as an expert advisor to the various UN and regional  agencies on cultural diversity, migration  and intercultural relations.  He also sits on the advisory boards of various government agencies. He is the author/editor of twenty scholarly books including ‘Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity’ (2009);  ‘Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations’ (2011); ‘Global Perspectives on the Politics of Multiculturalism’ (2014);  ‘The Multicultural Challenge’ (2015); ‘Interculturalism at the Crossroads’ (2017); ‘The Politics of Women and Migration in the Global South’ (2017), and ‘Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and  Violent Extremism’ (2019).  His 2004 book ‘Lives in Limbo’ was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Rachael McIntyre

General Manager nbn™ local, NBN Co

Rachael McIntyre is an accomplished senior leader and telecommunications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the sector.

Specialising in stakeholder engagement, sales and marketing and business development, Rachael has extensive experience in Australia and the UK and has led teams for some of the most iconic telco organisations including Cable & Wireless, iiNet and NBN Co

Rachael joined the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) in 2015 as part of its Corporate Affairs Directorate and is General Manager of nbn local – a nation-wide team of community relations specialists dedicated to improving the customer experience on the nbn™ access network for all Australians.

Rhanna Collins

Executive Editor, Indigenous News & Current Affairs, NITV

Rhanna Collins, a proud Aboriginal woman, has worked at NITV for the past five years and is the Executive Editor, working across the TV station’s news and current affairs digital and on-air portfolio. Collins is an experienced cross-platform producer and journalist with a strong news, current affairs and journalism background.

Sarabjit Kaur

Migrant English Program Coordinator, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Born in India, proud mother of a 19 year old son
  • Worked as Secondary school teacher, International Coordinator and Face to Faith Program Manager

Current roles:

  • Migrant English Program Coordinator at Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
  • Peer Educator at Ballarat Community Health
  • Consultant Trainer at Women’s Health Grampians
  • Intercultural Ambassador at City of Ballarat
  • Volunteer at Food id Free Laneway

Awards:

  • British Council ‘Global Teacher Accreditation’
  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation ‘Outstanding Award’
  • British Council International Teacher Award

Tamas Nyeste

Head of Interpreting, 2M Language Services

Tamas Nyeste is Head of Interpreting at 2M Language Services, leads interpreting assignments in health & justice into 250+ languages across Australia and was instrumental in our innovative remote video interpreting platform 2MLingo being implemented across QLD Courts and hospitals. Tamas holds himself NAATI certification as Interpreter/Translator and works with AFP, ATO, ASIC & other agencies providing migrant & Indigenous language interpreters.

Tim Costello

Ethical Voice

Rev Tim Costello directs Ethical Voice and is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He then completed over 2 years as WVA’s Chief Advocate.

Currently Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He is also Senior Fellow for the Centre for Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

Other positions he holds are: Chair of the Community Council of Australia, Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership and Patron of the National Youth Commission.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

Violet Roumeliotis

CEO, Settlement Services International

Violet is a social entrepreneur with an extensive not-for-profit career characterised by collaboration, growth, adaption and innovation. In her time as Settlement Services International CEO, she has identified service gaps for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and invested in tailored initiatives that capitalise on their unique strengths.

Warwick Agnew

Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, QLD

Warwick Agnew is the Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs in Queensland.

Prior to joining the Department, Warwick had an extensive career in both private and public sectors, including as a senior executive in Queensland Treasury with direct experience in social and economic policy issues.

Wesa Chau

Cultural Intelligence

Wesa is CEO of Cultural Intelligence and co-founder of Belonging From The Inside Out, an initiative to promote belonging through leadership programs and workshops, especially for people from a different cultural background. She has been a strong advocate for cultural diversity and gender diversity for two decades. Her work is recognised through a number of prestigious awards, including being an inductee of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and is a finalist for the Agenda Settle of the Year Award in 2016.

Conference Secretariat

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PO Box 1179 Crows Nest,
NSW 1585 Australia

Contact Us

Tel: +61 2 9436 0232
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Key Dates

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
Friday 12 July 2019
Scholarship Application Closing Date
Sunday 21 July 2019
Scholarship Notification of Acceptance
Friday 26 July 2019
FECCA 2019 Conference
9 – 11 October 2019

Acknowledgment of Country

FECCA pays respect to the traditional and original owners of the land on which the FECCA conference is being held, the Muwinina people, and pays respect to those that have passed before us and acknowledges today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are the custodians of the land.

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