The Hon Dr Gary Johns took up the role of Commissioner following a long and varied career in public service and policy advice, including as the author or editor of nine books on public policy. He was an inaugural board member of Volunteers Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership, and served on the committee to design the Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Dr Johns was a member of the House of Representatives from 1987–1996 and served variously as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, and Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations. He served as an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission from 2002–2004.
He received the Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Fulbright Professional Award in Australian-United States Alliance Studies in 2002, which was served at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
He was Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, senior consultant with ACIL Tasman, Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University, and Visiting Fellow at QUT Business.
Anna Longley is the ACNC’s Assistant Commissioner – General Counsel. She is the senior legal advisor to the ACNC Commissioner and Advisory Board and has legal and operational oversight of the ACNC’s work regulating charities.
Having worked at the ATO for over 16 years prior to to the ACNC, Anna has an extensive background in public administration. She led assurance and review work on high-wealth individuals, private groups and not-for-profit entities, development of advice and guidance, and determination of objections. Anna has also sat on the ATO’s General Anti-Avoidance Rules Panel, and for two years oversaw Fringe Benefits Tax for the ATO.
Anna is experienced in dispute resolution and litigation. She has appeared for the Commissioner of Taxation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court in cases on income tax, GST and indirect tax, superannuation and not-for-profit matters.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Master of Taxation. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2005.
In the charity sector, Anna has spent several years volunteering for and on the board of community legal centres.
Joanna provides strategic advice and develops strategies to deal with and solutions to complex policy and operational law problems. She also provides leadership and direction to the in-house legal team.
Joanna started her career at Gadens Lawyers in Sydney before joining the NSW Crime Commission as a lawyer in law enforcement and integrity agencies. She then worked with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in Sydney before moving to Melbourne in 2013 to take up a role at the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission.
Joanna is experienced in criminal law, administrative law and in managing the legal risk in compliance and investigations work in a law enforcement and integrity context. Joanna is pleased to be able to bring these skills to the regulatory environment.
Joanna holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2003.
James is the Director of the ACNC’s Compliance team, which works to ensure registered charities are complying with ACNC standards.
He has worked with federal and state agencies in Australia and overseas in compliance, audit and investigation roles for over 15 years. Most recently he worked with the Victoria Auditor-General’s Office on performance audits of the Victorian public sector. Prior to this, he has had multiple roles with the Department of Home Affairs including working at the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade. He has also spent a year volunteering overseas and engaged with multiple charities in government-NGO partnerships.
Rob leads ACNC’s Information and Technology team in managing and developing its cloud hosted business and enterprise systems.
Rob has broad industry experience in Information Technology spanning 18 years across Australia and Europe.
His most recent roles include leading technical teams within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to this, he has held multiple roles in professional services and software companies.
Rob holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is completing a Masters of Information Technology Leadership.
A member of the ACNC management team since the establishment of the Commission, Rachel has worked in leadership roles in not-for-profit regulation for state and commonwealth agencies.
She guided the consumer protection services strategy for vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians. She has also served as the District Registrar of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal which conducts independent merits review of decisions made by the Australian Government relating to migration and refugee visas and visa-related decisions.
Prior to her public service roles, Rachel worked in the not-for-profit sector for ten years at Australian Volunteers International, a registered charity committed to achieving economic and social development outcomes across Asia, The Pacific and the world through sharing skills, knowledge and experience. Rachel has also served on several not-for-profit boards.
Sally was part of the taskforce set up to establish the ACNC in 2012 and has been responsible for managing the ACNC Registration Team ever since.
She has worked with international charity regulators, including the New Zealand Charities Commission and the Charity Commission of England and Wales for a few years.
Sally has extensive experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector in both the UK and USA. Sally has been CEO for charities providing support for the homeless, individuals with mental ill health and drug and alcohol misuse. She has held senior roles with Home-Start UK (an organisation working with vulnerable families) and Odyssey House in the USA. She has served on the board of several schools and various other community groups.
She has experience in charity law, strategic planning, human resources, project management and service development.
Mel leads the collection of reporting from charities with a focus on reducing unnecessary regulatory obligations and ensures the ACNC has sound corporate governance arrangements.
Mel started his career with ACNC in April 2016.
Prior to this, Mel worked at the Australian Taxation Office for over a decade across compliance, internal policy and assurance as well as operational financial management and government tax management roles.
After graduating from university, Mel travelled and worked in England in a Social Services finance role. He began his career at a large professional services firm and has worked for the Victorian Government in a finance role.
Mel is currently ACNC liaison to the Public Sector & Not-For-Profit Committee of CPA Australia (Victorian Division).