ACNC Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board supports and advises the Commissioner. The Board is appointed by the Minister and consists of up to eight 'general members' with expertise in the not-for-profit sector, law, taxation or accounting, and office holders. The Board also currently consists of four ‘ex-officio members’ who are appointed to the Board because they are the holder of a specified office.

The Board's functions and powers are set out in the ACNC Act.

The Advisory Board is established by section 135-5 of the ACNC Act. General members are appointed for a term of up to three years under section 140-10. Ex-officio members remain on the Board as long as they hold the specified office.

Meeting dates

The Advisory Board will meet in each jurisdiction over a two year period and hold community forums associated with each meeting. Meetings are held quarterly. 2018 meeting dates will be announced shortly.  

Members of the Board

Advisory board members

  • Mr Tony Stuart (Chair)
  • Mr Martin Laverty (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor David Gilchrist
  • Dr Susan Alberti AC
  • Ms Heather Allan
  • Mr Peter Hogan
  • Mr David Pigott
  • Ms Heather Watson 

Ex-officio members

  • Ms Cindy Bravos
  • Ms Linda Mallet
  • Mr Dini Soulio
  • Mr Dale Webster

Information about the Board members is provided below.

Meeting summaries

After each Advisory Board meeting a summary of key matters raised is published here to provide insight into the operation of the Advisory Board.

Advisory Board members


Tony Stuart, Chair
Tony Stuart is the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board.

He has 20 years corporate experience in marketing, financial services and executive and board roles, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals Expert Advisory Panel on Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises and Human Services.

Mr Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates for children’s rights internationally and domestically and supports international development programs.

Previously, Mr Stuart was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and prior to that was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited. He was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.



Martin Laverty
Martin Laverty is CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. He is a Director of the NDIS Board, a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, Chair of the Australian Government General Aviation Group, and a member of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance committee. Martin was previously CEO Catholic Health Australia and held management roles at The Smith Family and the NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association.

He has chaired the NSW Heart Foundation Board and two NSW disability charities. A lawyer by training, he has completed a PhD on not-for-profit governance that is under examination. He has edited two books on social determinants of health.


Dr Susan Alberti AC
Dr Susan Alberti AC has spent a lifetime advocating for a range of medical research priorities, as well as promoting the importance of healthy living and exercise, particularly for women.
Susan’s only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes which eventually led to her premature death and Susan has been at the forefront of Australian and international efforts to cure, prevent and better treat Type 1 diabetes.

In recent years Susan has invested her time and resources more broadly in promoting healthier living initiatives including women in sport. She was the leading force behind the establishment of the Australian Football League’s elite women’s competition, which has had immediate flow on to increase the number of girls and women keeping active and fit by playing Aussie Rules.

Susan and her foundation have invested millions of dollars in medical research and she continues to be involved in a range of ground-breaking health and lifestyle initiatives including establishing an Australia first dementia ‘village’ north of Melbourne to provide a safe and stimulating environment for sufferers of the condition.


Professor David Gilchrist - BA BBus PhD FCA FAICD University of Western Australia

David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia.

David has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors including the role of Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia and has taught at the London School of Economics.

David currently holds a number of industry roles including as chairman of Nulsen Disability Services, a director of BaxterLawley Advisory, a member of the CAANZ NFP Advisory Committee, and of the AASB Academic Advisory Panel.

David has published widely as an academic and journalist, and is principal author of a number of key national reports.


Peter Hogan
Peter is a Chartered Accountant who commenced his career with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in 1969 where he worked in the Assessing, Investigation and Appeals branches, including four years in senior management positions.

Peter left the ATO in 1985 to join Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) as a tax manager. In 1991 he was admitted as a tax partner of C&L which subsequently merged with Price Waterhouse in 1998 to form PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). After 23 years with PwC and 17 years as a corporate tax partner advising public and private companies and Australian subsidiaries of multi-national groups on corporate tax matters, he retired from PwC on 31 March 2008.

Currently Peter is the Chair of Carbon Energy Ltd (ASX:CNX) and a director of OneAll International Ltd (ASX:1AL). Previously he also served as a director of SGX-listed Fabchem China Ltd.

Peter is also the Deputy Chair of Villa Maria Catholic Homes Ltd which operates in the aged care, retirement living, affordable housing, disability and disability education sectors.

In the past 3 years Peter was a Board member of St Bernard’s College, Essendon where he served for 20 years including 6 years as Chair and was a director and Treasurer of the Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) which supports education and health projects in Australia, the Oceania region and Africa.   


Ex-officio members


Cindy Bravos
Cindy Bravos is the Director-General of Licensing for the Northern Territory.  The Director-General’s portfolio is extremely diverse, ranging from the regulation of the liquor, private security and gaming industries through to the licensing of escort agencies and disposal of seized kava.  In addition, the Director-General has been delegated the independent statutory powers of the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs in relation to the regulation of associations, motor vehicle dealers, pawnbrokers, second-hand dealers and commercial and private agents.

Cindy has held a number of senior public sector roles having served with both the Commonwealth and NT Public Services throughout Australia.  Cindy holds qualifications in law, international relations, leadership, change management and languages.


Linda Mallett
Linda Mallett has over thirty years of experience in the human services sector in New South Wales in government and non-government agencies.


Ms Mallett is Executive Director, Ageing Disability and Home Care, with the Department of Family and Community Services in New South Wales. She is responsible for key reforms that will expand and improve the range of services across the sector that are flexible, responsive and individualised as NSW transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2018.


Dini Soulio
Dini has a background in law, consumer protection, corporate regulation, enforcement, change management and strategic leadership.

Dini is the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and Liquor & Gambling with Consumer & Business Services in South Australia. CBS has a very broad portfolio including consumer protection, product safety, occupational licensing, liquor licensing, gambling regulation, charities regulation, residential tenancies and births deaths and marriages.

Dini’s background is as a solicitor in private practice, working in the areas of insurance, worker’s compensation and criminal law. He then moved to the Australian Customs Service where he was the Manager Border Enforcement responsible for investigations and ship search teams. Dini then joined the Australian Securities & Investments Commission where he had national responsibility for complaints, investigations and prosecutions dealing with matters ranging from scams to liquidator misconduct to director’s duties breaches to insolvent trading.


Dale Webster
Dale Webster is the Executive Director, Consumer, Building and Occupational Services in the Tasmanian Department of Justice. His current role encompasses a number of statutory functions including being the regulator for charities and not for profit bodies for Tasmania.

Dale has held a number of senior roles in the Tasmanian Government, including Registrar of the Guardianship Board and Mental Health Tribunal and five years as the Coordinating Member of the Disability Services Ethics Committee.