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Contact CAA General Enquiries: (Phone) 02 9605 5858  (Email) admin@caa.nsw.edu.au Media Enquiries: Jenine Smith (Email) communications@caa.nsw.edu.au

About CAA

The Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT Incorporated ABN 58 877 417 536 ("CAA") was officially established on 30 June 1975. A group of Careers Advisers got together for a State-wide Conference in December 1974 and decided to establish a professional body for Careers Advisers. A working group was formed, and a Constitution was finalised and presented to the group on 28 June 1975, with incorporation following a couple of days later. The person instrumental to this process is Margaret Gambley, who was a founding member and long-standing Committee Member. Margaret is a life member of CAA and attends the Annual Conference every year to present an award in her name.

CAA represents Career Education and Careers Advisers in Government, Catholic and Independent Schools in NSW and ACT, as well as other Career Development Practitioners working in associated fields. CAA promotes career education as a central and vital part of schooling and supports the work of Careers Advisers in assisting young people in making decisions about work, study and training. We are a member of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

Executive Committee

Sue Sundstrom                                         
Sue Sundstrom became a Careers Adviser in 1986, retraining the same year through the Department of Education Retraining Course. Sue completed a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of NSW. She joined the CAA Executive in 1992, and has been President since 2009.
Profesional Development Officer
Lynne Graham


After a previous life as a French/English teacher and during several years as a casual, I discovered the great satisfaction of being a careers adviser. So I obtained a careers qualification and gained a permanent appointment at Belmore Boys High School, where I stayed 7 fruitful years, before transferring to my current position at Caringbah High School.

I have long admired and benefited from the work done by the CAA and decided it was time I gave something back by getting more involved myself.

Vice President
Non-Government Schools
Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart has held the position of Career Adviser at Bethlehem College, Ashfield since 2005. Susan completed the PG Certificate of Career Education at the Australian Catholic University in 2005, a Master of Education at the University of Sydney in 1992 and a Diploma of Counselling from Unifam Education in 2004. Susan is an experienced teacher of VET Hospitality and VET Coordinator with a CIV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Communications Officer
Greg Baird
Greg Baird has held the position of Careers Adviser at Redfield College since 2008 concurrently with the HOD English position. Completed the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Careers Education and Development through RMIT as well as Certificate IV in Workplace Training. He completed Bachelor of Arts Diploma of Education (University of Sydney), 1987 and Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies (University of Sydney) 1991. Greg has taught in private and Catholic schools for twenty-seven years with extensive experience in middle management.
Glenys Lawson

Glenys Lawson has been a Careers Advisor for 12 years at Murwillumbah HS. Her career has included time in Special Education and Student Welfare consultancy which she sees as a valuable background to her current role. Glenys studied with the Department to gain her career qualification and holds a Ma Education from ACU.
Vice President - Government Schools
Liri Latimore
Liri has represented her various networks on the CAANSW Executive since 1978. Over recent years, Liri has also held the positions of Membership Officer and Minutes Secretary and is currently the Professional Development Officer. Liri retrained as a Careers Adviser in 1979 and has been a professional member of CAANSW ever since. Liri has represented the association at many functions over the years and is a valued member of our Executive Committee. Liri is currently the Careers Adviser at Macarthur Girls High School.
Membership & Awards Officer
Tracy Ryan

Tracy Ryan has been a Careers Adviser since 2008 and retrained with the DEC through RMIT. Since then she has been a Careers and Transition Adviser in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Hunter Central Coast. She has also Chaired the Nepean Careers Forum and been the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Co-Ordinator for Northern Sydney Region.


Jenine Smith
Having graduated as an Economic Geographer in 1981 Jenine came to the Teaching profession in 1998.  She was Careers Adviser at Marist Sisters College, Woolwich and currently is the Assistant Careers Adviser at Rosebank College.  Having been on the Executive since 2011 Jenine has undertaken the roles of Communications Officer and Secretary.  She has undertaken the role of submitting our Conference and Professional Development events for accreditation with NESA in the past couple of years and hopes to continue broadening the standards we are able to be accredited for with these events.
Assistant Secretary
John Olovich

John  has been a Careers Advisor since his first permanent appointment with the Department of Education in the Riverina during the late 80's. Having benefited from the services of CAA over his career, he wants to help contribute to the organisation that enhances our profession. Currently working in a large comprehensive high school, becoming involved also assists in keeping up with changes to the opportunities available to students.




History & Memoriam


In considering the achievements of the past forty years, it is timely to recall the outstanding contribution of key members who are no longer with us.

Some were members of Executive who died in office.  In order that their memory should not be forgotten , the Association has since determined that special awards be established in their honour.

With the passage of time, others, who took many and varied paths in retirement, have also passed away. In reflecting on the history of the Association, it is important to also acknowledge the unique role that these members played in its foundation and development.


Past Treasurer, deceased 1990

A key factor in the long term survival of any organisation is that it must be founded on sound financial management. The Careers Advisers Association was blessed from the outset in that its fiscal viability rested in the capable hands of Ted Hyslop.

At the end of its first year of operation, the Association had a credit balance of $247 based on a membership fee of $10 per person. At that point, Ted, the Careers Adviser at Blacktown Boys High School, was elected Treasurer. For the next 13 years, until his untimely death, he set about educating Executive members on the need for strict financial discipline and for maintaining a strong balance sheet.

Proposals for funding were brought to meetings with great trepidation, in the knowledge that Ted's eagle eye would go over the expenditure in fine detail. The success of his stewardship is reflected in the last balance sheet he presented at the AGM in 1989 which showed a credit balance of $6,522.49.

Ted was equally professional and innovative as a Careers Adviser. In his years at Blacktown Boys High School, he worked tirelessly to assist students with their career planning and search for employment. He also played a key role in the coordination and organisation of careers activities at the district and regional level.

In 1988, he obtained a transfer to Colyton High School where his stay was short. In 1989, he was promoted to the position of Careers Adviser/ Head Teacher (Admin) at North Sydney Girls High School, a position he held until his sudden death in April 1990.

Throughout his professional life, Ted was a strong advocate of the need for improved educational opportunities for students from disadvantaged areas. In recognition of this commitment, the Careers Advisers Association Executive decided to establish the "Ted Hyslop Encouragement Award" to honour his memory. The award provides for a perpetual shield and an annual scholarship to enable a Year 10 student from Blacktown Boys High School to proceed to the HSC.

Written by Margaret Gambley.

(1949- 1988)

Hilary Bolin was the quintessential "quiet achiever", both as a Careers Adviser and a member of the Careers Advisers Association Executive. Not one to seek the limelight, Hilary served the Association as Assistant Secretary for 10 years, a position she held until her untimely death in 1988.

Hilary's involvement in "Careers" began in 1976 when she was invited to become the part time Careers Adviser at Blacktown Girls High School. The position became full time when she took advantage of the opportunity to complete the Department's Retraining Program in 1980. In 1983, she transferred to Ryde High School and on the closure of that school in 1986, she was appointed to Carlingford High School.

For any organisation to succeed, you need a combination of strong leadership and dedicated supporters. Somebody has to do the "hard yards" and in the first decade of the Association, Hilary fulfilled that role. Her colleagues knew that whatever tasks she undertook, they would be completed diligently and with a minimum of fuss.

Her contribution was not restricted to state-wide activities, as she was equally influential in the development of careers initiatives at the school, district and regional level. In fact, in many ways, that early cohort of Careers Advisers in Metropolitan West schools became the driving force behind the Association's expansion.

In 1988, to perpetuate her memory, the Careers Advisers Association Executive established the Hilary Bolin award to acknowledge the contribution of Careers Advisers who have worked behind the scenes to further the aims of the association and the development of careers education.

The sad irony is that the first award went to her colleague, Ted Hyslop, with whom she had worked so closely in the Blacktown district. Ted himself passed away just 2 years later.

Written by Margaret Gambley.

Past President

When things began to happen on the Careers scene back in 1974-75, Graeme, the newly appointed Careers Adviser at Parramatta High School, was one of the first to step forward to accept the challenge of Career Education. With the establishment of the Careers Advisers Association, he became foundation President of the Metropolitan West Branch, a position he relinquished in 1976, to become Vice President of the Association.

In 1978, he was elected unopposed as the third president of the Careers advisers association.

Although deeply involved in the broad promotion of  the professional aims and objectives of the Association, Graeme was also committed to translating the dream of the full time Careers Adviser into a reality at his own school, Parramatta High.  At the state level, he was a key contributor to the joint deliberations of the Association and the Teachers Federation, as they hammered out their policies on Career Education and Work Experience.

With the expansion of professional development activities for Careers Advisers Graeme's input was greatly in demand  and he was frequently asked to speak at conferences and community meetings. In 1978-79 he was inspirational as a presenter in the retraining programs introduced by the Department for Careers Advisers. His work throughout this period, was conducted against a personal background of recurring illness, as he battled the scourge of Melanoma. 

For those privileged to know Graeme, he will be remembered not only for his professional achievements but for his strength of character, sense of humour and warm personality. He was an esteemed colleague, a well loved teacher and a good friend.

As Jo Howard wrote in the Association's Journal, ‘Prospects’ " the work Graeme did for Career Education and the Association will be his memorial.” To this end, the Careers Advisers Association has dedicated the main address at its annual conference each year to Graeme's memory.

Written by Margaret Gambley

Past President and life Member
(Died 2012)

As the foundation President of the Careers Advisers Association, Jo Howard has left behind a legacy which cannot be overestimated.  She played a critical role in the grass roots movement that led to the formal establishment of the Association in June 1975. \

The following year, having set the wheels in motion, Jo decided to step aside to allow a new President, Angela Glover, to become the driving force for improved professionalism.

Jo remained on the Executive as Communications Officer, where in 1976 she produced the first association Journal, subsequently known as ‘Prospects’ She identified communication with members as being critical for the success of the Association and encouraged the free exchange of careers ideas and teaching strategies through newsletters and reports.

Jo also holds a unique place in the history of the association as the pioneer of work experience programs in NSW secondary schools. While she was Careers Adviser at Northmead High School in 1973, she heard about a pilot program in which students with special needs were given opportunities to spend time in the workplace. Realising the potential of such a scheme for secondary school students, Jo set about challenging the workplace laws and conventions operating at that time,  by starting her own program.

Not surprisingly, her radical proposal met with a strong resistance from a number of different sources. "What about issues such as exploitation, safety and worker’s compensation?";  Jo was asked, to say nothing of the concerns of other teachers about the disruption it would cause to school routine. However, the opponents were unable to match Jo's tenacity and networking skills. The ‘Northmead Program’ was a success and in 1976, following an Interdepartmental Review, guidelines were approved for the operation of work experience in all secondary schools.

In 1978, Jo joined the Careers Section in the Department which gave her greater freedom and the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with other Careers Advisers across the State.

The move to appoint full-time Careers Advisers led the Department to establish the first formal training courses, initially restricted to surplus social science teachers.  Jo played a key role in the development of the training program and presented many sessions. In particular, she focused on the place of Career Education in the Curriculum in meeting the special needs of all students.

Many will remember the case study she developed with Beverley Bowyer on the fictional ‘Unslow High School.’

When she retired from the Department, Jo's pioneering  spirit took her to China where she taught English for many years while providing her students with a liberal dose of careers assistance. A Careers Adviser to the very end!

Written by Margaret Gambley


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