Reconciliation Australia thanks Tanya Hosch

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Ms Hosch is departing the RECOGNISE campaign after four years in a leadership role and two years as Joint Campaign Director, a position she has held jointly with Tim Gartrell.

She will fill a newly created senior executive position with the AFL as the Head of Inclusion and Social Policy.

“Over the past four years, Tanya Hosch has travelled the length and breadth of Australia passionately campaigning for the constitutional recognition of the First Australians and dealing with the racial discrimination that still exists in our nation’s founding document,” Professor Calma said.

“In this time, under Tanya’s leadership, awareness and support for constitutional recognition has risen to very strong levels across the entire Australian community.

“Tanya has forged partnerships with a coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, legal and educational bodies; a growing base of peak bodies including the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia; major sporting codes including the AFL, NRL and Cricket Australia; companies such as Qantas, Telstra and Energy Australia; faith groups; local governments; and not-for-profits.”

Professor Calma said Tanya’s professional life has been dedicated to social justice and working tirelessly to end disadvantage for Indigenous communities.

“From her time working on the front-line of women’s services, to leadership roles on the Indigenous Land Council, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Tanya has fought hard for the rights and well-being of Indigenous Australians.

“Tanya has been a driving force behind the movement for constitutional recognition having served on the Review Panel of the 2013 Act of Recognition, the RECOGNISE campaign and the Referendum Council, on which she will continue to serve.”

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair, Melinda Cilento said Tanya had made an enormous contribution to the Recognise campaign.

“Her tireless work, insights and inspiration will be greatly missed, however the opportunity before Tanya is a fantastic one,” Ms Cilento said.

“It is a role that will enable her to continue to pursue important work in support of diversity and reconciliation through an Australian institution which touches the hearts, minds and lives of many. I wish her every success and expect her to have a significant impact at the AFL and beyond.”

Professor Calma said as the Referendum Council moves into the next important phase of nation-wide consultation, the Reconciliation Australia Board would work swiftly with RECOGNISE on a recruitment process for Tanya’s replacement.

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