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, Sector Development Officer

Consumer Action Law Centre

Janine Rayner, Senior Policy Officer – Energy

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

Jenny Disney, Social Issues Chairman

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

Elena Petreska, Projects Coordinator

Financial and Consumer Rights Council

Peter Gartlan, Executive Officer

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Tanya Corrie, Social Policy Researcher

Kildonan UnitingCare

Joanna Leece, Senior Manager, Financial Inclusion and Energy

National Seniors Australia

Neville Daynes, Member Services Officer, Victorian State Office

Regional Information and Advocacy Council Inc.

Steve Doran, Chief Executive Officer

Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau

Rita Battaglin, Pathway and Support Services Manager

Victorian Council of Social Service

Dean Lombard, Senior Policy Advisor

Victorian Farmers Federation

Jacob McElwee, 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 Executive Officer, Jo Benvenuti on (03) 9639 7600.