Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

The committee represents the Victorian community and provides advice to the Premier and the Department of Premier and Cabinet on statewide celebrations.

Committee members are unpaid volunteers from the community, business, media and arts sectors.

They're appointed by the Premier of Victoria or the relevant minister.

The committee works with and for the Victorian community. It aims to unite people through celebrations of Australia Day.

Dr Susan Alberti AC, FAICD – Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Susan's one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists. She's donated millions of dollars to medical research and charitable causes.

Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in 2016. This recognised her service to the community, including:

  • philanthropic and fundraising support for medical research, education and sporting organisations
  • advocacy for better care for the disadvantaged
  • her activities as a role model and mentor to young women

Susan is former Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Foundation. She's a former vice president of Western Bulldogs Football Club. Susan also holds other honorary philanthropic positions.

Susan was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014. She was named Melburnian of the Year in 2017 and Victorian of the Year for 2018.

Laura Anderson FCIT

Laura actively supports local and international philanthropic causes in health, education and economic development. 

Laura has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2010. She was an Ambassador of International Women’s Day on its 100th anniversary.

Laura is chairperson for:

  • SVI Global Pty Ltd
  • Melbourne Fashion Festival Pty Ltd – one of the largest and most respected consumer fashion festivals in the world
  • LKG advisory boards
  • The Good Foundation
  • CEO Circle
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools
  • LaunchVic

Laura is the director of several private investment companies. She serves on the following boards:

  • Australian Grand Prix Corporation
  • Epworth Health Care
  • Fed Square Pty Ltd
  • Defence Council Victoria
  • Fulbright Commission
  • American Australian Association
  • Defence Science Institute

Laura received honours as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport for her contributions to industry. She was appointed a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Hayley Bolding OAM

Hayley was the Victorian state recipient of the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Award.

In 2019 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in recognition for her service to international relations through educational and business initiatives.

Hayley has a background in international development, education and volunteering in Australia and Asia.

At the age of 23, she founded Atma, a non-profit organisation in India. Hayley has led Atma from a startup to a well-respected non-profit organisation. It now engages multiple partner organisations and has more than 60,000 beneficiaries.

Hayley leads international youth programs for the Australia India Institute and Foundation for Youth Australians.

She currently works at, an education technology company connecting work and learning through technology.

Josh Smith (ex officio)

Josh is a proud Dunghutti man from the Macleay Valley Coast in NSW.

He is currently the Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Josh practised law as a solicitor for the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office and with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

In the Victorian public service, he has held various executive roles across:

  • health and human services 
  • family violence 
  • justice
  • Aboriginal affairs

Josh is a passionate community member. He advocates for better outcomes for Koories through policy development and enhanced Aboriginal self-determination.

Willie Pang (ex officio)

Reviewed 28 March 2019

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