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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 Us


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).

Our 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.





Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT
Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT