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  • July update: New Chair and Priority Setting Mechanism news

    Like everyone else, the Great to Eight project has been affected by the upheavals of Australia’s summer bushfire season and COVID-19. Work has continued, however, and we thank our Governance Committee for their continued support and enthusiasm for this project.

    Our Chair Jay Weatherill has stepped aside to focus on his role as Chief Executive of the Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five initiative. We thank Jay for his hard work getting this project off the ground and we are delighted that he will remain a member of the Governance Committee.

    We are pleased to introduce our new co-Chairs: Michael Hogan and Gillian Calvert.

    Gillian Calvert has had an extensive career providing leadership in the human services sector across government and non-government roles. Ms Calvert served as the New South Wales Commissioner for Children and Young People from 1999-2009. In 2009 Ms Calvert was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to the community as a leading advocate in the protection of the rights and welfare of children and youth. Ms Calvert holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration. Ms Calvert is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Life Without Barriers.

    Michael Hogan is the Director-General for the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior government roles in QLD, NSW and at a federal level. Mr Hogan has served on the Boards of the NSW Council of Social Service and the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, and was chair of the Community Services Review Council in New South Wales. Mr Hogan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws.

    With the support of our key funder, The Ian Potter Foundation, we have reviewed our timeframes for the Great to Eight project. We aim to have a draft Priority Setting Mechanism available for comment by the end of the year.

    While we work on that behind the scenes, please keep bringing your ideas to the Ideas Wall and sharing your thoughts with us. We will be posting regularly and asking your views on key questions as the Priority Setting Mechanism develops, along with sharing the latest developments from related ARACY projects focused on children aged 0-8.

    Thank you for joining us on our journey to a 10 year research agenda to support better outcomes for Australia’s children.

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