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Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

The Australia Day Committee (Victoria) provides advice to the Premier of Victoria and the Department of Premier and Cabinet on the state-wide Australia Day celebrations and particularly the Melbourne celebrations.

Members are unpaid volunteers from community, business, media and arts sectors. appointed by the Premier of Victoria or the relevant Minister.

The Committee works with and for the Victorian community, and aims to unite people through celebrations of Australia Day.

 

Committee Members

Dr Susan Alberti AC, FAICD

Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Susan is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and charitable causes over her successful business career.

Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in 2016 in recognition for her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and sporting organisations, as an advocate for improved health care services for the disadvantaged, and to young women as a role model and mentor.

Susan is a former Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Foundation and a former Vice President of Western Bulldogs Football Club, in addition to the many other honorary philanthropic positions she holds.

Susan was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014 and named Melburnian of the Year in 2017.

 

Stefan Romaniw OAM

Stefan is the Executive Director of Community Languages Australia. He served terms as Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission under various governments. Stefan is a former Chair of the Australia Day Committee (Victoria). He is also an inductee of the St Bernard’s College Hall of Fame.Stefan has a teaching background and worked in a range of school settings before moving into community and government leadership positions.

As Executive Director of Community Languages Australia, he is responsible for coordinating a national sector that provides services to 110,000 students studying 69 languages. He was instrumental in the development of the Quality Assurance Framework for Australia’s community language schools.In his former role as Chair of the Australia Day Committee (Victoria),

Stefan helped expand the program to include more major events and enhance engagement with the indigenous communities, Consular Corps Melbourne, multicultural communities, youth, students and schools.

In 2001, Stefan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to education and the CALD communities. In 2003, Stefan received the Centenary Medal for services to the community.

 

Laura Anderson FCIT

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

Hayley Bolding has an extensive background in international development, education and volunteering in Australia and Asia. At the age of 23, Hayley founded a non-profit organisation in India called Atma.

Under Hayley’s leadership, Atma has moved from a start-up to a well respected non-profit organisation engaging multiple partner organisations which impact over 60,000 beneficiaries.

Continuing her passion in promoting people-to-people exchange Hayley has led international youth programs for the Australia India Institute and Foundation for Youth Australians. She currently works at intersective.com, an education technology company connecting work and learning through technology.

Hayley was the Victorian State Recipient of the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Award.

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