Policy Advisors

On 23 November 2015, the ACOSS Board approved selection of the following candidates for appointment as ACOSS Policy Advisors in five core strategic policy areas for the period 2015-2018:


Income support and employment

Peter Whiteford –  Peter is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy and a leading expert on social security and welfare policy.

Roger WilkinsAssociate Professor Roger Wilkins is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Melbourne Institute, and leads the production of the annual HILDA statistical report. He is an expert in income and wealth distribution, poverty, income support and labour market dynamics.


Economics and Tax

Rick KreverRick is a Professor in the Department of Business Law and Taxation. He is the director of the Taxation Law and Policy Research Group and specialises in taxation law and policy. Rick has been closely involved in modern Australian tax reform initiatives, including roles as a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Taxation Law Improvement Project Consultative Committee and Review of Business Taxation (Ralph Review).

Nicholas GruenNicholas is the CEO of Lateral Economics. He is a public commentator on economic policy issues and has previously been an adviser to Government Ministers and departments. He has expertise in innovation and public policy.

Julie SmithJulie is a Fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and was formerly a senior economist in Australian and New Zealand treasuries and departments of finance. She has a PhD in Economics (ANU) and, prior to joining the College, was at the Economics Program at the Research School of Social Sciences. She is an expert on public finance and public policy, with specific interest in health and tax policy.

Helen HodgsonHelen is a Professor of Taxation at Curtin University with a broad interest in the impact of tax policy on society and expertise in tax law and policy, superannuation, tax and transfer systems, gender equity, and women’s workforce participation. She is an adviser to the National Foundation of Australian Women.

Miranda StewartMiranda is the Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Miranda researches tax law and policy, including taxation of business entities in the context of globalisation; not-for-profits; tax and development; budget laws and institutions; and legitimacy of tax reform processes and institutions nationally and internationally. She previously worked in private legal practice and in the Australian Tax Office on business tax policy and legislation.


Housing and homelessness

Kath HulseKath is a Professor at Swinburne Institute for Social Research and offers broad experience of homelessness and housing in Federal and State government, academia and the not for profit sector (board director on three housing associations). She also has recent and particular expertise in research into many aspects of homelessness/housing including knowledge of international and national developments.

Judy YatesDr. Judy Yates is currently an Honorary Associate in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney.  Her primary research has been in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy and, in the past few years, has focused on housing affordability, rental housing supply, housing and finance markets, intergenerational sustainability of the housing system and housing taxation. She has served on numerous government advisory committees, on the boards of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the NSW Home Purchase Assistance Authority, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and on the board of the not-for profit National Housing Company.  She was a member of the government’s National Housing Supply Council throughout its 5 year term.

Vivienne MilliganVivienne is an Associate Professor at the City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. She has extensive experience in the government, non-government and academic sectors and is a recognised leading Australian housing policy expert.

Cameron ParsellCameron’s research focuses on homelessness, supportive housing, and social service and welfare provision. With funding from the Australian Research Council, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, and State and Commonwealth Government grants, Cameron’s focus is conducting empirical research to examine the policy, program and individual factors that enable individuals to exit homelessness and to achieve safe, secure and affordable housing. Cameron is an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.


Community Sector Policy

Minh NguyenMinh brings a broad cross-section of experience within the community sector that is not currently reflected in our CS Policy Network, including ATSI and CALD communities and health care consumers.

Natasha CortisAn academic with the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW), Natasha brings established academic expertise in the community sector, including research on the scope and breadth of the sector at state and national levels; and extensive understanding of the COSS network.



Tadgh MacMahonAlthough employed by associate member Settlement Services International, Tadgh’s expression of interest focused on his qualifications and experience in public health and addressing inequality, and with a range of priority populations including CALD, children and people with disabilities, none of which are reflected in our Health Policy Network.

Sharon FrielSharon is an academic (ANU) with international expertise in social determinants of health (SDOH), having lead the Secretariat for the World Health Organisation’s landmark SDOH report.