Reporting Diversity
Consultative Structure

Reference Groups

An essential element of the project involved liaison and consultation with industry and community representatives. Two reference groups were formed: the Community Reference Group (CRG) and the Media Reference Group (MRG). In identifying members for the Reference Groups, care was taken to ensure that there was an appropriate range of representative stakeholders in each group.
The role of the Community and Media Reference Groups included:

  • representing stakeholders from ethnic communities and the media industry within Australia;
  • reviewing and commenting on the various elements of the project, including the development of the curriculum resources and the final form of the resources; and
  • commenting on specific aspects of the project, including:
    • identifying and contributing relevant articles and other material to the Environmental Scan;
    • commenting and suggesting content for the six case studies and curriculum modules; and
    • highlighting issues for consideration in the Media Analysis.

The Reference groups were convened when there were specific issues to be addressed. Between meetings the project group were in regular contact via email and they were also provided with project updates.

Membership of the Community Reference Group

Hass Dellal, OAM   - Australian Multicultural Foundation
Voula Messimeri - Federation of Ethnic Communities Council
Peter van Vliet - Federation of Ethnic Communities Council
Kuranda Seyit - Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations
Yasser Soliman - CMA / Victorian Multicultural Commission
Ms Violetta Walsh -  Migrant Resource Centre of Newcastle and Hunter
Suellen Tapsall - JEA / AIM : UWA Alliance
Dr Gail Phillips - Murdoch University
Beth Cotterill - DIAC (from June 2006)

Previous Members
The following people were members of the Community Reference Group in the past and we would like to thank them for their contribution:

Colin Rubenstein

- CMA / Australian-Israel Jewish Affairs Council

Olya Booyar

- SBS TV (to 2007)

David Ingram

- SBS Radio (to 2007)

Stephen O’Shea

– DIAC (to May 2006)

Membership of the Media Reference Group:

Des Guilfoyle - ABC
Chrissie Tucker - ABC
Cathie Schnitzerling - Channel 10
Anna Patty - Sydney Morning Herald
Lissa McMillan - SBS
Richard Harris - Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
Beth Cotterill - DIAC (from June 2006)
Dr Gail Phillips - Murdoch University
Suellen Tapsall - JEA / ADM : UWA Alliance

Previous Members
The following people were members of the Media Reference Group in the past and we would like to thank them for their contribution.

Olya Booyar

- SBS TV

David Ingram

- SBS Radio

Ashleigh Nghiem

- SBS

David Breen

- Network Ten

Christopher Warren

- MEAA

Peter Christopher

- Illawara Newspapers

Member : Murdoch UniversityMember: Griffith UniversityMember: University of South AustraliaMember: Media MonitorsMember: SBSMember: University of CanberraMember: Journalism Education AssociationMember: University of Western Sydney
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