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Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

The Australia Day Committee (Victoria) (ADCV) is an Advisory Committee comprising of up to nine volunteer members from community, business, media and arts sectors, who are appointed by the Premier of Victoria. They provide advice to the Premier of Victoria and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) on the state-wide Australia Day program.

The ADCV was first appointed in 1982 and has been supported since by DPC.

Stefan Romaniw OAM

Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Stefan currently holds the position of Executive Director of Community Languages Australia. He served terms as Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) under both governments and is currently Chairman of the Australia Day Committee (Victoria). He was recently inducted into the St Bernard’s College Hall of Fame.

He has a teaching qualification and prior to moving into senior government positions and senior management worked in a range of school settings.

In his current role as Executive Director of Community Languages Australia he has the responsibility of national coordination of the sector which involves over 110,000 students studying a range of 69 languages with over 2000 instructors. He was instrumental in the development the concept of Quality Assurance Framework for Australia’s community languages schools.

In his role as Chair of the Australia Day Committee (Victoria), Stefan has overseen and expanded the program to include more major events, student and school involvement.

Laura Anderson FCIT

International Company Director, Corporate Advisor and Philanthropist and Australia Day Ambassador

Laura is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Pty Ltd – one of the largest and most respected consumer fashion festivals in the world, Chairman of the LKG Advisory Boards, Chairman of The Good Foundation, Chairman of the CEO Circle and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools.

Laura is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Epworth Health Care, Fed Square Pty Ltd, and the Defence Council Victoria. Laura is on the Board of the Fulbright Commission, American Australian Association, the Defence Science Institute and is a Director of several private investment companies.

Laura actively supports philanthropic causes across health, education and economic development locally and globally.  She has been honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador since 2010 and was honoured as an Ambassador of International Women’s Day on its 100th anniversary.

She was honoured as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport for her contributions to industry and appointed a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Hayley Bolding

2013 Victorian Young Australian of the Year and Anti-poverty campaigner

Hayley Bolding was just 23 and working as an intern with a non-profit organisation in the Indian city of Mumbai, when she saw an urgent need for capacity building across similar organisations. She founded Atma – which means ‘soul in Hindi’ – to support local groups in their efforts to give children a better chance at life through education. Her work began in a local café where Hayley worked on her laptop, raising funds and establishing partnerships.

Since then the foundation’s work has supported thousands of children and young adults through school, health and nutrition programs, education programs for night school students, and a kindergarten and skills centre in Dharavi – the city’s biggest slum. Hayley’s business acumen has expanded Atma which has partnered with 15 organisations that impact the lives of over 11,000 students. With Atma’s support, one such one partner organisation, Muktangan, grew from operating one school to seven. Six years on, Hayley is a well-respected leader in her field in India, while also working tirelessly to mentor others and, at the same time, raise awareness in Australia.

Anna Brown

2016 Victorian Australian of the Year finalist, human rights lawyer and equality advocate

An unsung hero in the fight to advance equality, Anna Brown’s fingerprints are on almost every recent legal and political win for Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. From the successful bid to erase unjust historical criminal records for homosexual conduct to the fight for legal recognition of gender diversity, Anna has been at the centre of almost every advance in LGBTI rights in recent years.

Anna’s career highlights include playing a lead role in securing federal discrimination laws to protect LGBTI people, achieving an historic apology from the Victorian Police for the raid on the Tasty nightclub and strategic litigation to advance marriage equality and to recognise gender diversity. Anna also spearheaded the No to Homophobia campaign, working closely with the Australian Football League and other sporting codes to stamp out prejudice.

Co-convener of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation at the Human Rights Law Centre, Anna works to reduce stigma and discrimination suffered by LGBTI Australians.

Jason Mifsud

Executive Director, Aboriginal Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Jason Mifsud is the Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Mr Mifsud, a key Australian Football League (AFL) adviser and a member of the Kirrae and Peek Whurrong peoples’ of the Gunditjmara on his mother’s side, has been leading cultural transformation across numerous sectors for over 20 years, delivering significant organisational change and development in Aboriginal Affairs.

A former player and Assistant Coach with the St Kilda Football Club and Skills Acquisition Manager at the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mr Mifsud was the AFL’s first Senior Adviser on Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs and was pivotal in establishing the AFL Indigenous Advisory Board.

As a Harvard Business Alumni, Mr Mifsud sits on the Board for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group and the national reference group for Recognise. He has been a representative on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, VACCHO’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce, the Victorian Government Ministerial Advisory Council for Indigenous Affairs and Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group, as well as the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll Advisory Panel.

John Thompson

Managing Director – Government Services, Dentsu Mitchell

John Thompson is the Managing Director of Government Services for Dentsu Mitchell. John joined Mitchells in December 2012 as General Manager of Government Services. Prior to that, John spent more than 15 years in senior marketing and policy roles within the Government sector, including nine years as Senior Manager Marketing and Road Safety for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Mitchell & Partners was appointed as the Master Media Agency for the Australian Government from 1 July 2014, an account which John was pivotal in securing.

John leads a team of over 40 dedicated staff across the Mitchell Adcorp Alliance (MAA) located in offices in Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney that are servicing the Australian Government Account.

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