The Steering Committee
A steering committee will oversee and support the work of the independent team at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, as it continues
the conversations with Aboriginal communities and all those involved. The steering committee provides specialist advice on plans and
reports and helps to solve issues as they arise so that the best possible approach is taken.
If you are an Aboriginal community member and you have a concern about the way the conversations about OCHRE are being handled,
try to resolve the matter first by talking to members of the Social Policy Research Centre team or to Aboriginal Affairs staff listed
here or to other contacts on the complaints page. If none of those options works, you can ask the Chair of the steering committee,
Dr Wendy Jarvie, for a chance to address the committee. Contact her by email or by calling
to (02) 6268 8966.
The steering committee meets up to four times a year.
After each meeting the main outcomes are made public – including a specific reference to any issue an Aboriginal community member has raised
directly with the committee.
The steering committee members are:
Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews identifies as Bidigal of the D'harawal nation, and is a researcher and lecturer who centres and promotes Aboriginal Australian standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has managed and led numerous research grants and community projects investigating a diversity of topics including mental health, mentoring, identity, Aboriginal Knowledges, education, University Indigenous Graduate Attributes, martial arts, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in robust and diverse research designs, with an increasing dedication to Indigenous Research Methodologies. From this, he is continually developing his experience in applying quantitative and qualitative methods within his scholarly work, and is a strong advocate for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous (D’harawal) Storywork frameworks. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (e.g., AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher Award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism for Aboriginal youth. Gawaian is a member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective, National Indigenous Researchers and Knowledge Holders Network, D’harawal Traditional Descendants’ and Knowledge Holders’ Circle, and Banyadjaninga South-Western Area Aboriginal Group.
Dr Wendy Jarvie
Wendy is the chair of the steering committee. She has had a diverse career as a public servant, researcher, evaluator and teacher. It has included 22 years in the Australian public service (seven years 2001–08 as Deputy Secretary of education departments), three years (1998–2001) as an evaluation and operational policy manager in the World Bank, and most recently in independent research and international consulting.
She has had long engagement with Aboriginal communities, policy and programs, including seven years’ oversight of Australian Government Aboriginal education programs, and five years (2003–07) as a co-chair of the steering committee for the COAG trial in Murdi Paaki, Far West NSW.
Since 2010 she has been undertaking research and giving seminars on Indigenous policy and programs. She is currently a visiting professor at the School of Business at the University of NSW, Canberra, where she is undertaking research in early childhood education and Indigenous policies and programs, and the role of evidence, innovation and learning in public policy. She is also providing executive education courses for the Australian National University on using evidence in policy making, and works in early childhood education for the World Bank in the Pacific.
Mr Tony Dreise
Tony Dreise (pronounced ‘drice’) is of the Guumilaroi people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. Tony has worked in education, public policy, research, and Indigenous development at regional, state and national levels for more than 20 years.
Tony has served as Executive Director of Indigenous Policy in Queensland, a principal education officer in Aboriginal education in NSW, the National Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Training Advisory Council, and a director in TAFE NSW.
He is currently the Principal Research Fellow for Indigenous Education at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Tony is a former board member of both the National VET Equity Advisory Council and Adult Learning Australia. His PhD at the Australian National University is exploring the relationship between Australian philanthropy and Indigenous education. Tony has tertiary qualifications in both education and public administration.
As part of his role on the steering committee, Tony provides advice on the conduct of the conversations within Aboriginal communities.
Ms Taryn Dilly and Ms Nicole Talbot
Taryn and Nicole are Principal Policy Officers in the Social Policy Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, providing a NSW inter-agency link.
Mr Alex Tosh
Alex is Senior Analyst, Education, Families and Communities Division of NSW Treasury. Alex leads on Aboriginal Affairs issues in NSW Treasury and provides a link to the NSW Treasurer.
Dr Lynette Riley
Lynette Riley a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; she is a Senior Lecturer, in the Sydney School of Education & Social Work, The University of Sydney. Lynette has completed her PhD thesis on “Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students”.
Lynette trained initially as an infants/primary teacher through Armidale College of Advanced Education 1975-1977. Lynette has almost 40 years’ educational experience, working specifically to improve Aboriginal education and administration within: primary schools; high schools; Vocational Education and Training; NSW Department of Education, state office and Universities. Lynette has been a classroom teacher in primary and high schools; an Aboriginal Education consultant for schools across NSW; an Aboriginal Development Manager for VET across central and western NSW; Manager of the Dubbo TAFE Campus; State Manager for NSW DET, Aboriginal Education; and a senior lecturer at UNE and Sydney University. In these positions Lynette has run many projects and sat on numerous committees. Lynette is currently on the National Aboriginal Week Committee and is a Board member of ‘Youth Off The Street’.
Lynette has been required to not only theorise about education to and for Aboriginal children, and their communities; and interwoven interactions with non-Aboriginal people; but to actively find solutions creating sustainable change for Aboriginal programs, entwining understandings and knowledge of cultural education and competence for all people.
Lynette is also an artist having presented her Kangaroo Skin Cloaks – a traditional Aboriginal art form - at several exhibitions since 2012; and one of her greatest accomplishments is raising 7 children and having at present, 10 grand-children.
The steering committee has three ex-officio members:
Ms Lou-Anne Lind
Lou-Anne is the Director, Strategy and Coordination at Aboriginal Affairs. Lou-Anne has been involved in OCHRE since the taskforce days. She brings together all the OCHRE initiatives, and is a member of the steering committee because of this responsibility.
Ms Trish Malins
Trish is the Manager, Research and Evaluation at Aboriginal Affairs. Trish is responsible for making sure that the conversations achieve what they set out to do.
Ms Patricia Gallagher
Patricia is a Senior Research Officer in Strategy and Coordination at Aboriginal Affairs. Patricia has day to day responsibility for managing the evaluation project, and has secretariat responsibility for the Steering Committee.