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Council

Behind the scenes of 'The Greenhouse' | Directed by Thomas Wilson-White | Photo: Jack Baxter

Under the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Act 1973 (the Act), the School is governed by a Council responsible to the Federal Parliament through the Minister for the Arts.

The Council is responsible for strategic direction, organisational development, succession planning and resource allocation, including budget control and risk.

The Council ensures that:

  • policies on key issues are in place and are appropriate
  • risks facing AFTRS are identified, assessed and properly managed
  • AFTRS complies with applicable laws.

There are nine members of the Council, specified under the Act:

  • three members appointed by the Governor-General
  • three members appointed from convocation by the Council
  • the Chief Executive Officer, ex officio
  • one staff member elected by staff each year
  • one student member elected by students each year

Members represent the interests of the School and the entertainment industry, contributing expertise in a range of areas, including education, law, film and television production, commercial activities and management.

The Governor-General appoints the Chair. The Council elects the Deputy Chair. These positions may not be held by ex officio, staff or student members.

Members appointed by the Governor-General, and those appointed by convocation, hold office for a term of up to three years, with a maximum of two successive terms. Staff and student members hold office for one year, with a maximum of two successive terms and cease to be members if they leave AFTRS.

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    Russel Howcroft

    Over a long career in media and marketing, Russel has been one of the most...

    Russel Howcroft

    Over a long career in media and marketing, Russel has been one of the most prominent voices for the power and cultural/economic importance of advertising, particularly through his role as…

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    Chair (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Carole Campbell

    Carole Campbell is a professional company director with more than 30 years...

    Carole Campbell

    Carole Campbell is a professional company director with more than 30 years’ experience in a diverse range of industries including professional services, financial services, media, mining and industrial services. Carole…

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    Deputy Chair of AFTRS Council and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

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    Council

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    Annabelle Herd

    Annabelle is the CEO of ARIA and PPCA. Annabelle has come to ARIA and PPCA...

    Annabelle Herd

    Annabelle is the CEO of ARIA and PPCA. Annabelle has come to ARIA and PPCA following a 16-year career in television at Network 10, where she most recently held the…

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    Council Member (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Tanya Hosch

    Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social policy at the Austral...

    Tanya Hosch

    Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social policy at the Australian Football League (AFL) is joining the Council. Ms Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and…

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    Council Member (convocation appointment)

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    Council

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    Debra Richards

    Debra has been Director of Production Policy at Netlflix since September 2...

    Debra Richards

    Debra has been Director of Production Policy at Netlflix since September 2019, covering studio affairs, production policy and sensitive content for the Asia Pacific region. She has over 30 years…

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    Council Member (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Chris Oliver-Taylor

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    Chris Oliver-Taylor

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    Council Member (Convocation appointment)

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    Council

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    Dr Marty Murphy

    Dr Marty Murphy is acting Senior Lecturer in Story at AFTRS with over ten ...

    Dr Marty Murphy

    Dr Marty Murphy is acting Senior Lecturer in Story at AFTRS with over ten years of teaching at the school. An alumnus of the school’s directing course, Dr Murphy has…

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    Staff Member of Council; Program Convenor – BA

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    Teaching & Learning, Council

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    Cleo Baldwin

    Cleo Baldwin is in her second year of the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Product...

    Cleo Baldwin

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    Student Member on Council

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    Council