Government Relations and Policy Team
Head of Government Relations & Policy
Master in Business Administration, Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and Chartered Manager
Amelia Condi is the Summer Foundation’s Head of Government Relations and Policy. She leads the organisation’s policy and strategic influence and works alongside all levels of government to enable better outcomes for younger people with disability.
In leading the Government Relations and Policy Team, Amelia focuses on shaping policy reform, developing policy solutions and influencing future opportunities for younger people with disability.
Amelia is an experienced leader in social policy, strategy, policy implementation, transformation and analysis. She joined the Summer Foundation at the beginning of 2020 after a 15-year career in federal and state government. Amelia has worked on several significant social policy reforms across disability, housing and homelessness, mental health, family policy and welfare reform. She has worked closely with Aboriginal elders and communities to shape and deliver policy initiatives towards self-determination.
Amelia has a passion for social policy issues and is driven to make an impact.
Bachelor of Laws,
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Julie-Anne holds the role of Policy Manager and is responsible for developing policy positions and government submissions, and coordinating the Summer Foundation’s stakeholder and government engagement. She also contributes to innovative initiatives that help Summer Foundation achieve their strategic goals. Projects Julie-Anne has recently been involved with include co-authoring a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS on current Scheme implementation and forecasting for the NDIS.
Julie-Anne commenced her professional career as a practising lawyer. After 2 years in the legal profession, she joined the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) where she worked in a variety of policy-related roles, including managing the Pre-Fellowship education policy framework, investigating appeals, complaints, and academic and professional misconduct reports.
Master of Public Policy and Management
Jessie supports the Government Relations and Policy team to shape policy reform and develop strategic policy solutions to improve outcomes for people with disability. She is responsible for developing policy position papers, government submissions and engaging and collaborating with stakeholders. She brings together the organisation’s expertise and lived experience to work towards Summer Foundation’s strategic goals.
Jessie is working on policy position statements on Supported Independent Living (SIL) budget growth and impacts, the robust Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) model and other emerging policy issues. She is also building relationships with Federal government and other stakeholders.
Jessie has a background in health policy and budgeting within government roles, both locally and overseas. She has also worked in operations at an NDIS provider, and as a support worker in an employment training program for people with disability. Jessie is strong advocate for the rights of people with disability.
Policy Research Officer
Master of Social Policy, Bachelor of Arts; Honours in Philosophy and Political Science
Matthew Welwood is responsible for research and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, policy reports and case studies related to disability, health and housing.
He also works with stakeholders to collect data to inform and identify policy; drafting a variety of documents including policy submissions, briefing papers and presentations.
Matthew began his career as a Research Officer at RMIT. Since then, he has worked at the Brotherhood of St Laurence within the Disability Division of the Inclusive Communities team. Matthew then moved to the Aged Care division, engaging with emerging policy around COVID-19 and conducted another literature review around the state of aged care within Australia.