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The Australian National Commission for UNESCO provides expert advice to the Australian Government on all matters related to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Commission also acts as a point of liaison between government, the community and UNESCO in Australia. UNESCO was established in 1946 as a specialised agency of the United Nations; Australia is a founding member. UNESCO's mandate includes education, the natural sciences, the social and human sciences, culture and communications/information technology.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    H. Inter Jurisdictional and International Bodies

  • Established By / Under

    International Agreement / Treaty / Council Order

  • Established By/Under More info

    United Nations and the Australian Government (who are one of the founding members)

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes, but not tabled

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    27 April 1947

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Jeannie Henderson 24 May 2021 Determined by the appointer
Other Mr. Adam McCarthy 1 December 2020 1 December 2021
Member Ms. Maria Vamvakinou MP 16 June 2009 Determined by the appointer
Member Prof. John Carty 1 February 2018 1 February 2022
Member Prof. Kerrie Wilson 1 February 2018 1 February 2022
Member VACANT    
Member VACANT    
Member Prof. Jill Downie 24 May 2021 24 May 2025
Member Mr. Chris Eigeland 24 May 2021 25 May 2025
Member VACANT    
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