CHASS Newsletter #47

CHASS welcomes new Executive Director – Angela Magarry

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Angela Magarry as Executive Director. Angela has a strong background in advocacy, policy and government relations with senior level experience in government, and non-government sectors. For the past five years Angela has been Director, Policy and Analysis for Universities Australia managing policy development in relation to teaching, research and international education dimensions for higher education.

‘I’m looking forward to meeting with member organisations to promote the valuable work of CHASS to government and the broader community, and am particularly keen to interact with members across the broader membership’ Ms Magarry said.

Ms Magarry commenced her appointment on Monday 31 January 2011.

HASS On The Hill 2011 – Last minute reminder and update

HASS On The Hill will be held on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March 2011 at Parliament House in Canberra.

This year’s HASS On The Hill features an outstanding list of presenters and international speakers, including Professor Jonathan Lomas, the CEO of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, presenting on knowledge exchange as part of the Knowledge Brokers: Successful Case Studies of Knowledge Exchange and lessons for the HASS sector; and Dr Jane E. Rovins, Executive Director and Head of Office, of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk IPO based in Beijing, discussing disaster management and recovery.

Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, will also join us for a keynote address, examining innovation and the HASS sector.

Also featured will be presentations from:

  • Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor, the Australian National University
  • Professor Peter Shergold AC, Macquarie Group Foundation Professor, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW
  • Mr Terry Moran AO, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The focus of the 2011 HASS On The Hill is how how policy development can be opened up for knowledge exchange, and discussions around major policy issues with research leaders and policy officials, including disaster recovery homelessness, design and innovation and the population debate are a feature of the program. An important discussion on the role of Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the innovations system and knowledge networks of the near future is also included – at a time of restricted funding and fast moving change in technology and business process.

Finally, the gala dinner will be held in the Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia. In addition to showcasing the arts, the dinner will also feature a speech from the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor Steven Schwartz.

To register for HASS On The Hill, please visit the Council website or email

Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
8 March 2011

Submission on Federal Budget 2011-2012

The Council recently prepared a submission to the Federal Government to ensure it is part of the range of government priorities for determining the Federal Budget 2011-12.

The Council encourages representatives from member organisations to input into future Council submissions.
Feedback and further information can be emailed through to the Council at

Establishment of US Commission on HASS welcomed

The Presidents of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) jointly welcomed the recent decision by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to establish a national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

New member update

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences would like to welcome our new and returning members.

HASS at a glance

ERA 2010 Outcomes announced

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, has announced the outcomes of the first full evaluation of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiatives. Outcomes of the ERA 2010 process are available on the Australian Research Council (ARC) website.

Arts and creative industries

Australia should seek new and liberating ways to bring together the arts, popular culture and the creative industries, according to a report prepared by Professor Justin O’Connor of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre at Queensland University of Technology and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Design a neglected part of reconstruction

Robert Bevan in the Australian reports on how designers can assist in disaster recovery and management.

NLA Director-General announced

Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced the appointment of Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich as the new Director-General of the National Library of Australia.

New pressures on housing

As baby boomer generation ages, crisis services and housing agencies are seeing an unprecedented wave of new clients.