Commissioners

The Commissioners are responsible for the NYC’s public consultations, in particular the public hearings and stakeholder meetings. They are also responsible for signing off on the Commission’s final National Report.

 

The independent Commissioners for the National Youth Commission include: Major David Eldridge AO, Prof Mick Dodson AM, Ms. Lisa Paul AO PSM, Dr. Wilma Gallet, Ms. Sophie Johnston, Mr. Finbar Piper, Mr Tasman Bain and Mr. Jesse Williams.

NYC Commissioners

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Major David Eldridge AO

Maj. David Eldridge AO has been a key figure in The Salvation Army both in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has worked for over 30 years, in a variety of senior social policy and programme development roles, including 15 years at the Crossroads Youth Network and 12 years as Director of the Brunswick Community Programme. David has also been a Senior Adviser to the Commonwealth Government on key social policy issues particularly in relation to young people and headed the Prime Ministerial Youth Homelessness Taskforce in 1996-7 and the Youth Pathways Acton Taskforce in 2000-2001. He has contributed to the delivery of several ground breaking policy reports. Also, David has been influential in the development of employment policy and was a Board Member of the Employment Services Regulatory Authority (ESRA), which oversaw the development of a case management approach in employment services. He has been a board member of the Enterprise and Career Education Foundation and the Foundation for Young Australians.

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Professor Mick Dodson AM

Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. Until recently he was the Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and a Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law. Professor Dodson is also currently a Director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd – Legal & Anthropological Consultants. He is formerly the Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of New South Wales, Kensington. Professor Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity. He served as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998. Professor Dodson was the recipient of the Australian of the Year in 2009.

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Lisa Paul AO PSM

Lisa Paul AO PSM has been a Chief Executive in the Australian federal government from 2004 to 2016, most recently as the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.  Ms. Paul currently serves on the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board as well as the Boards of Navitas, Advanced Personnel Management (APM), Social Ventures Australia, Australian Schools Plus, High Resolves, the Australia American Educational Leadership Foundation Ltd and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.  She is an Australian National University Policy Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.  She is also a delegate to the Australian Davos Connection. Ms Paul is an independent non-executive director of Bond University Limited.  She is a former director of the Programmed Group as well as a former member of the Advisory Board to the Melbourne Accelerator Program and Enterprise Professor-Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.

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Dr Wilma Gallet

Dr. Wilma Gallet has a breadth of experience in senior management and policy development positions within the public and community services sectors. She worked for 20 years in the Commonwealth Employment Service before moving to the community sector in 1996. She established Employment Plus in 1998 and as the founding CEO, was responsible for creating and building this enterprise from a zero base to the largest community provider of employment services under the Government’s Job Network umbrella. She has been a key policy influencer in the area of social reform and employment services and participated on a number of senior government committees and forums, including the Welfare Reform Consultative Forum (2001-2003), established by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Family and Community Services to provide advice to government on welfare reform initiatives. She was also a member of the Centrelink Community Reference Group for many years. She served on the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) as an adviser on workforce participation (2012-2014). Since leaving the employment services sector in 2003, Wilma has worked in various areas of social policy and program implementation including youth homelessness, domestic violence, suicide prevention and trauma informed practice. She has a Masters in Social Science and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Youth Commissioners

Sophie Johnston

Sophie Johnston

Sophie Johnston is the former President of the National Union of Students and has spent a number of years advocating for students and young people in the higher education sector. In her work with student organisations, Sophie has campaigned around education access, workplace security and wage theft, as well as inadequate social services impacting young peoples participation. In 2017, she worked with the AHRC and AHR Centre in the release of the report into sexual violence prevalence on Australian University campuses.

Tasman Bain

Tasman Bain

Tasman Bain is an advocate, humanitarian, the Co-Founder of Meri Toksave (a Pacific youth-led gender justice charity) and the Chair of the Australian Red Cross Queensland Youth Advisory Committee. Passionate about youth empowerment and human rights, Tasman has over 8 years of experience in educational institutions, NGOs, social enterprise, and the public service. He has been recognised as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Queensland Finalist for the 2016 Young Australian of the Year Award, and a 2016 National Youth Week Queensland Champion. Tasman is concurrently studying anthropology at the University of Queensland and completed a leadership development program through the University of Melbourne Business School.

Fin Piper

Finbar Piper

Finbar Piper is a Juris Doctor candidate at Melbourne Law School. He was formerly the Director of Political Engagement at Oaktree, a youth-run aid and development organisation, where he was involved in campaign management and political lobbying on a national scale. Through his work in politics, along with his work in media, with Reuters and Polity, Finbar has become passionate about youth empowerment, political accountability, and access to information. He has a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Politics & International Studies, and a certificate in English language teaching.

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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams is a qualified secondary teacher, with experience in teaching students from marginalised and low socio-economic backgrounds. He is currently employed with the Guild, in student welfare and advocacy, at Edith Cowan University (ECU) where he is also completing his PhD in education – specifically focusing on improving multicultural learning outcomes. ECU. He is the Chair of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN), the peak representative body for young people with disabilities in Western Australia, which delivers workshops, audits and positive outcomes in disability rights through lobbying and community engagement. Jesse has also participated in advocacy in the LGBTI+ community, particularly for young members of the community. This has been through helping connect stakeholders directly with decision makers, and through the delivery of keynote sessions and lectures in sexual health and program development.

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