Reference Group

The CUAC Reference Group is an advisory body to the CUAC Board and forms an important link between CUAC and consumers, particularly low income, disadvantaged and rural consumers. The Reference Group advises CUAC on grassroots consumer issues and provides a forum for discussion of consumer research and policy. This input is a particularly valuable contribution to our annual work planning processes.

CUAC has recently reviewed and revised the structure and function of the Reference Group, and has appointed Reference Group representatives for 2013-2015. Current Reference Group members are:



Alternative Technology Association

Damien Moyse, Energy Projects and Policy Manager

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dr Victoria Johnson, Research & Policy Manager, Equity in response to climate change

Community Information and Support Victoria

Minh Nguyen, Advocacy and Research Manager

Consumer Action Law Centre

Claire Maries, Senior Energy Policy Officer

Council of Single Mothers and their Children, Inc

Tenar Dwyer, Executive Officer

Council on the Ageing

Randal Harkin, Member, Victoria Policy Council

Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc

Marie Vassallo, Social Issues Chairman

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

Irene Bouzo, Projects Coordinator

Financial and Consumer Rights Council

Peter Gartlan, Executive Officer

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Tanya Corrie, Social Policy Researcher

Kildonan UnitingCare

Jim Downey, Financial Inclusion and Energy

National Seniors Australia

Neville Daynes, Member Services Officer, Victorian State Office

Regional Information and Advocacy Council Inc.

Leah Kateiva, Acting Chief Executive Officer


Gary Fisher, Manager Assets

Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau

Kay Dilger, Financial Counselling Coordinator

Victorian Council of Social Service

Llewellyn Reynders, Policy and Programs Manager

Victorian Farmers Federation

Melanie Brown, Policy Manager

Women's Health Goulburn North East Inc Karen O'Connor, Microfinance Project Worker

Applications for Reference Group membership

The CUAC Board will consider applications for membership of the Reference Group on an as needs basis. If you are interested in representing your organisation on the Reference Group, please contact the Acting Executive Director, Petrina Dorrington on (03) 9639 7600.