The independent team
To help Aboriginal communities to take part in the conversations about OCHRE, and to make sure the conversations keep going, it
is important that someone leads the process who is independent of the NSW Government and independent of any government department.
That is why a team from the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW has been appointed to talk regularly to Aboriginal communities.
The team will keep talking to all those involved in each of the Local Decision Making process, Industry Based Agreement, Language and
Culture Nest and Opportunity Hub that are part of the conversations.
If you want to contact the Social Policy Research Centre team, email Ilan.Katz@unsw.edu.au or
call (02) 9385 7810.
The team members are:
Professor Ilan Katz
Ilan is the professor leading the team working on the OCHRE conversations. Ilan is an experienced social worker and researcher and has led a number of projects looking at Aboriginal policy, including income management, Cape York welfare reform trials, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.
Ilan was born and educated in South Africa and spent many years as a social worker and researcher in the United Kingdom.
As the leader of this project, Ilan will come to each of the communities to talk to community leaders and organisations.
BJ is a proud Wiradjuri woman and Research Associate at SPRC. BJ has a double degree in Social Work/Arts and has recently completed a PhD in Social Policy exploring Aboriginal parents’ views on child safety and wellbeing. BJ’s current and recent projects are in the areas of child protection, education, poverty, domestic and family violence, and Indigenous policy. BJ is also Chair of the Indigenous Research Strategy Group at SPRC. BJ will be talking with those interested in the Opportunity Hub at Campbelltown. BJ will also be responsible for the analysis and reporting of data.
Michael is a Ngunnawal man from the Canberra region. Michael commenced as a Senior Project Manager with IPSOS Public Affairs, in December 2016. Prior to this, he worked with the Department of Social Services for nearly 10 years on the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children known as “Footprints in Time” where he worked with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. Michael has over 10 years experience working in research with communities, families and stakeholders.
Michael will be talking with those interested in the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest at Coffs Harbour, the North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest, the Opportunity Hub at Tamworth, the Murdi Paaki Assembly in far western NSW and the Three Rivers Regional Assembly in Central West NSW. He will be holding conversations about community experiences and be responsible for the analysis and reporting of data.
Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury
Bruce is an economist and statistician with more than 20 years’ experience in analysing social policies and programs. Bruce is responsible for analysing the information the team finds out about each of the Local Decision Making process, Language and Culture Nest and Opportunity Hub.
Ms Shona Bates
Shona has 20 years’ experience in policy analysis, project management, stakeholder management, quality assurance and risk management. Shona is the Project Manager and will assist in analysing the information the team finds out about each of the Local Decision Making process, Language and Culture Nest and Opportunity Hub.