Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The Open Arms National Advisory Committee provides quality, independent, consultation based advice to the Minister on the effectiveness of the Open Arms Veterans and Family Counselling. The Open Arms provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers, submariners, reservists and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Cabinet

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    2 July 1981

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Professor Jane Burns 1 July 2018 1 July 2021
Member Mr. Paul Way 15 September 2015 Determined by the appointer
Member Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane 1 July 2018 30 June 2021
Member Ms. Talissa Papamau 1 July 2018 30 June 2021
Member Ms. Leanne Galayini 1 July 2017 30 June 2020
Member Dr. Michael Seah 1 July 2017 30 June 2020
Member Mrs. Melanie Pike 14 April 2016 13 April 2019
Member Ms. Heike Dunn 14 April 2016 15 April 2019
Member Mr. Benjamin Flink 14 April 2016 13 April 2019
Member Mrs. Anne Pahl 14 April 2016 13 April 2019
Member Professor David Forbes 1 January 2010 Determined by the appointer
Member Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC 1 July 2010 Determined by the appointer
Member Dr. Stephanie Hodson CSC 4 October 2016 Determined by the appointer

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Deputy Chair Dr. Andrew Khoo 1 July 2018 1 July 2021
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