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Disability Equity and Rights

International Disability Equity and Rights Strategy External Reference Group – Members

The External Reference Group (ERG) is gender-balanced and diverse, including representatives from Pacific, ASEAN and global peak bodies of persons with disabilities, First Nations Australians, domestic stakeholders, under-represented groups of persons with disabilities and a range of sectors.

DFAT's Disability Equity and Rights Section is providing Secretariat support and facilitates ERG meetings in a hybrid format to remove the impost of travel.

Pacific representatives

  • Maselina Iuta – Samoa
  • Laisa Vereti (replaced Setareki Macanawai) – Fiji
  • Melinia Nawadra – Fiji

Southeast and South Asian representatives

  • Dr Vo Thi Hoang – Vietnam
  • Dante Rigmalia – Indonesia
  • Lim Puay Tiak – Singapore

Australian representatives

  • Damian Griffis – Australia
  • Cindy Liu – Australia
  • Christina Parasyn – Australia

Multilateral and global representatives

  • Rosemary Kayess – Australia
  • Amba Salelkar – Switzerland
  • Richa Sharma-Dhamorikar (replaced Bhargavi Davar) – United Kingdom


  • Jodi Cassar, Branch Head, Australia's Disability Strategy 2021-31, Department of Social Services
  • A member of DFAT's Disability Network, representing DFAT staff with disabilities
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