The Australia Institute recognises its responsibility to maintain corporate governance practices that are robust, accountable and of a standard that meets the expectations of its stakeholders. The Institute’s board and its staff are committed to implementing high standards of corporate governance and will continue to work towards achieving this.

Our Board of Directors

The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors. All Directors volunteer their time, and receive no remuneration for serving on the Institute’s board.

Chair, Dr John McKinnon

Dr John McKinnon is an experienced company Director with a history of working in the not-for-profit and finance sectors.

In 2005, Dr McKinnon joined overseas aid and development charity TEAR Australia, where he managed first the NSW office and then TEAR’s Australian operations. During this time Dr McKinnon completed his PhD in social enterprise and development, investigating the intersection of finance and poverty alleviation.

Deputy Chair, Ms Alex Sloan AM

Ms Alex Sloan AM is an award winning journalist and highly regarded interviewer, facilitator and MC. Ms Sloan has been a journalist for over 30 years, including 27 years as a broadcaster with the ABC.

Ms Sloan is a current member of the ACT Architects Board, Chair of the ACT Selection Committee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a former member of the ACT Place Names Committee (1997-2017) and ACT and NT Selection Panel of Australian-American Fulbright Commission (2007-2010).

In 2017, Ms Sloan was named ACT Citizen of the Year, and in 2019 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.


Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill

Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill’s research focuses on the political economy of gender, work and care in the Asia Pacific. She has published on work and care regimes in Australia and the Asia Pacific, gender and the future of work, migration and care work in Australia, informal work and employment policy in India, and women’s unions and collective action in the Indian informal economy.

Dr Elizabeth Cham

Dr Elizabeth Cham was the former National Director of Philanthropy Australia from 1996 to 2005. Prior to this, Elizabeth worked for several large Melbourne foundations including the Alfred Felton Bequest and the William Buckland Foundation.

Elizabeth is an advocate for the social importance of philanthropy, and was instrumental in the creation of the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership.

In 2017, Elizabeth completed a PhD on Australian grant-making philanthropic foundations that are administered by trustee companies. Elizabeth is an Associate Fellow of the UTS Business School.

Mr Josh Bornstein

Mr Josh Bornstein heads the National Employment & Industrial Law practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne and Deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, Victoria. He is a member of the Victorian Racing Appeals Tribunal.

In April 2020, Josh was appointed a member of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Industrial Relations Advisory Group.

Mr Andrew Dettmer

Mr Andrew Dettmer is the National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and is the ACTU representative to SafeWork Australia.  Andrew sits on the boards of the Industry Capability Network; the Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) and TAFE Queensland. He co-chairs the Future of Work, Education and Training/Test Laboratories stream of the AiG Industry 4.0 Forum.

As well as being involved in Australian Industry Participation policy and vocational education and training policy for many years, Andrew is also co-author of Educate, Agitate, Control, a history of the AMWU.

Professor Asmi Wood

Professor Asmi Wood teaches at the ANU College of Law and is a professor at the ANU Law School. He is a Barrister and Solicitor. He supports the ANU College of Law Indigenous Programme and works closely with the Tjabal Centre. His areas of research and teaching interest include legal ethics, constitutional law, humanitarian law, International law and the treatment of Indigenous peoples within legal frameworks other than their own normative systems.

Asmi was the ANU Indigenous Alumnus of 2020 and was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) in 2017. He was the recipient of the OLT Australian Award for University Teaching: Neville Bonner National Award for Education and Teaching Excellence in 2015, and also the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Research Committee

The Research Committee approves the Institute’s research priorities and activities which are funded from the Research Fund. Membership of the Research Committee is subject to the approval of the Australian Department of Education and Training and members are nominated on the basis of their proven ability to direct a research program, as evidenced by their academic qualifications and professional appointments.

Research committee members are:

  • Professor Jon Altman
  • Dr Hugh Saddler
  • Dr Richard Denniss
  • Emeritus Professor Alastair Greig
  • Professor Spencer Zifcak
  • Professor Hilary Bambrick
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill