The Australia Day Council of NSW (ADCNSW) was established by the NSW Government in 1981 following the formation of the National Australia Day Council in 1979.
With the approach of the Australian Bicentenary in 1988, ADCNSW was tasked with delivering quality, creative, innovative and diverse community events and being the custodian for sharing and enhancing Australian identity and culture.
In the 25 years since the Bicentenary, ADCNSW has continued to strengthen its partnerships with businesses as we consider such associations essential for the continued success of Australia Day celebrations.
The vision of ADCNSW is to inspire national spirit and enrich the life of the nation. ADCNSW works with and for the community to unite the people of NSW in celebration, promote excellence in service to the nation and leads discussion and debate to build our shared future.
ADCNSW is appointed by the Premier of NSW. The Department of Premier and Cabinet provide the secretariat from which ADCNSW operates.
Andrew Parker is an international public affairs, public policy, communications, government senior executive who has worked internationally for major brands. He is currently Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability for Qantas Airways Limited.
Originally a print and television journalist, Andrew worked as producer for eight years at The Australian, News Corporation and the Nine Television Network. Andrew was also Press Secretary and Senior Adviser to various political leaders and Ministers in Australia, and Managing Director of international public relations and public affairs firm in Canberra before establishing his own firm Parker and Partners in 1998.
Parker and Partners was purchased by Ogilvy PR Worldwide. Andrew then managed both Parker and Partners and Ogilvy’s PA practice in Australia with Asia responsibilities.
In 2007, Andrew became Senior Vice President for Global Public Affairs, International Affairs, Industry Affairs and Environment at Emirates Airline based in Dubai. He also served on the board of the Emirates Airline Foundation.
In 2013, Andrew returned to Australia to take up the position of Group Executive — Government, Industry and International Affairs with Qantas reporting to the CEO on the Executive Committee. He serves on a number of tourism, transport and charitable boards. He is a Founding Director of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew's specialties include management, global public and international affairs, public policy, government and lobbying, issues management, environment and communications.
Yvonne Weldon is a proud Wiradjuri woman and maintains strong ties to her homelands of Cowra and the Riverina areas in New South Wales. From a young age Yvonne has maintained a strong passion and commitment to bringing about positive change for Aboriginal people and communities.
Yvonne is the current elected Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. She has a passion for improving the lives of all through health, Aboriginal rights, children’s rights, education, research and evaluation.
Yvonne received an award from the Australasian Evaluation Society for her contribution to the Evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award and was recently awarded the Faber Writing Academy Scholarship by Allen & Unwin.
Founder and CEO of the Top Blokes Foundation
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh is passionate about young men’s health and well-being. At age 19, she founded and became CEO of the Top Blokes Foundation, a boy’s health organisation which today has worked with over 11,000 young men, becoming one of Australia’s leading boy's social education organisation improving boys mental health and well-being.
She is 2017 EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016’s NSW Young Australian of the Year and named in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence. In 2017, Melissa authored two chapters for the Nurturing Young Minds book and in 2018 featured in Secrets Exposed of Successful Entrepreneurs, both books are available in book stores.
She is an acclaimed speaker having presented at many national and state based men’s health conferences.
From passion to CEO, Melissa has overcome a number of challenges to learn the ropes of business during her 20s. Today, she believes those experiences have helped shape the business woman that she is.
Melissa believes that empowering young men to challenge and redefine their own thoughts and behaviours is the key to reducing many social issues including youth suicide, family violence, drugs, alcohol and other anti-social and risk-taking behaviours.
She is passionate about youth leadership and empowering young men to be agents of change, not tomorrow, but today.
CEO of Destination NSW
Sandra Chipcase brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success in international and domestic tourism and business events marketing, business and commercial asset management and major events acquisition and management. Sandra is currently a member of the Business Events Sydney Board and the NSW Government Steering Committee for Sydney’s new International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct and is the Executive Producer of the award-winning Vivid Sydney Festival.
Greg Daniel AM
National Practice Leader for KPMG SR7
Greg Daniel is one of Australia’s most experienced marketing communications executives and was awarded the Order of Australia for his role as Chairman of the Communications Commission for the Sydney Olympic Games. Greg is currently the National Practice Leader for KPMG SR7. Having founded SR7 in 2008, the company is widely recognised as Australia’s leading social media intelligence and research firm, which became a division of KPMG in 2014. Further to his role on the Board, Greg has held previous directorships with Tourism Australia, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, National Institute of Dramatic Art and The Historic Houses Trust NSW.
Founder of rogenSi
Neil Flett has 45 years of experience in journalism, public affairs, culture change, brand marketing, training and consulting and has been an advisor to leaders in business, government and community. Neil founded rogenSi, the international management training and exceptional performance consultancy, which was sold to the US-based Teletech Ltd in 2014.
Neil dedicates his time to his role on the Board as well as being a Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation and Chairman of Soul, the rogenSi Foundation.
Dr G.K (HARI) Harinath OAM, MBBS, DTM&H
Dr Harinath is Chairperson of Multicultural NSW, Chairperson of Parramasala, General Practitioner and Managing Director of the Eastgardens Medical Centre and Member of the NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council.
Former achievements include Chairman and Board Member of Cricket NSW, Board Member of Cricket Australia, Board Member of the South East Area Health Board and President Sydney Cricket Club.
Dr Harinath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to cricket through executive roles at state and national level, and to the community. Dr Harinath was also awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Medal) by the President of India in 2017, the highest honour conferred to Indians living overseas.
Associate Professor Faye McMillan is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW.
Faye is an inaugural Atlantic Fellow and was a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and was a board member of IAHA from 2009 to 2017 (and chairperson from 2010 to 2016) and works at Charles Sturt University (CSU) as the Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health).
Faye holds a Doctor of Health Science, a Master of Indigenous Health Studies, Bachelor of Pharmacy and is Australia's first registered Aboriginal Pharmacist, Faye also holds a Graduate Certificates in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona (USA) and Wiradjuri Language Culture and Heritage.
In 2017 Faye has been recognised in the Who's Who of Australian Women and in 2014 Faye was recognised in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 women of influence.
Her research interests are in Nation Building, Indigenous women in leadership roles; her Doctorate focused these two areas of research into her thesis as well as Mental Health.
Faye is also the proud mother to Kye and Ethan, as well as a daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend, Faye seeks to use her own lived experiences to share with others with the hope that it could make a difference and to appreciate the transformative opportunities that education can provide.
“The role of this Council, as volunteers and professionals from across the state and with diverse backgrounds, is to help create an Australia Day that respects, reflects and celebrates this extraordinary country.”
Andrew Parker, Chair, Australia Day Council of NSW