Reporting Diversity
Consultative Structures

Reference Groups

An essential element of the project involves liaison and consultation with industry and community representatives. Two reference groups have been 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 includes:

  • representing stakeholders from ethnic communities and the media industry within Australia;
  • reviewing and commenting on the various elements of the project, 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 have been convened when there were specific issues to be addressed. Between meetings the project group has been in regular contact via email and they have also been provided with project updates.

The members of the Community Reference Group are:

Current Members

Yasser Soliman - CMA / Victorian Multicultural Commission
Voula Messimeri - Federation of Ethnic Communities Council
Kuranda Seyit - Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations
Suellen Tapsall - JEA / AIM : UWA Alliance
Beth Cotterill - DIAC (from June 2006)
Hass Dellal, OAM   - Australian Multicultural Foundation

Previous Members

The following people have been members of the 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)

The members of the Media Reference Group are:

Current Members

Des Guilfoyle - ABC
Anna Patty - Sydney Morning Herald
Ashleigh Nghiem - SBS
Richard Harris - Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
Beth Cotterill - DIAC (from June 2006)
Suellen Tapsall - JEA / ADM : UWA Alliance

Previous Members

The following people have been members of the Reference Group in the past and we would like to thank them for their contribution.

Olya Booyar - SBS TV
David Ingram - SBS Radio
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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