Sports Diplomacy 2030
Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council
In February 2019, the Government launched Australia's new international Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy. The strategy aims to capitalise on our national sporting excellence on and off the field, for the benefit of our local athletes, sporting organisations and regional partners.
To help implement the strategy, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, established the Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council, chaired by Mrs Josephine Sukkar AM.
The 13-member Council is made up of former sporting champions, senior sports administrators and sports media representatives.
Council members provide advice to the Government on opportunities to promote Australian sporting expertise internationally. They will help to promote Australia's work in sports diplomacy, especially with Australia’s partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council Members
Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Mrs Josephine Sukkar AM
Co-owner and Principal at Buildcorp Pty Ltd and President of the Australian Women's Rugby Union.
Mr Tony Pignata
Chief Executive Officer, Perth Glory FC
Ms Stephanie Brantz
ABC TV Sports Presenter
Professor Caitlin Byrne
Director, Griffith Asia Institute and one of Australia's leading experts on soft power
Mr Petero Civoniceva
Former NRL champion and Co-Founder, Petero Civoniceva Foundation
Ms Fiona De Jong
Head of Australia's Nation Brand & Acting Chief Marketing Officer at Austrade and former CEO on the Australian Olympic Committee
Ms Marne Fechner
Chief Executive Officer, Netball Australia and CEO of the Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015
Mr Phil Hamdorf
Director, Hamdorf Consulting and former Executive Director, Sport Development New South Wales Government
Mr Curtis McGrath OAM
Paralympic Gold Medallist and Ambassador for the 2018 Invictus Games
Ms Anna Meares OAM
Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Public Speaker and Author
Ms Danielle Roche OAM
Chair – National Australia Day Council Limited and former Olympic Gold Medallist
Ms Lisa Sthalekar
Former Australian Women's Cricket Captain and Commentator
Mr Gavin Wanganeen
Former Australian Rules Footballer champion and Brownlow Medal winner