I am a non-profit, educational and government leader, with high-level expertise in communications, community engagement, business development, fundraising, media and writing, living in Sydney, Australia. I have been the CEO of Community Colleges Australia (CCA), the national association of Australian adult and community education providers, since December 2015. I am also the long-time film critic of the Australian Jewish News, and frequently write for other publications.
Prior to my position at CCA, I worked as the Deputy Team Leader of the Community Outreach Program of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) – Australia’s corporate regulator – and as the Executive Officer of The Bright Alliance, Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW. At ASIC, I was the Project Manager for the MoneySmart Rookie – financial literacy for young people educational initiative and campaign, and ran professional training on Australia’s National Consumer Credit Protection Act.
From January 2003 through August 2011 I was the CEO of the Rural Health Education Foundation. After leaving the Rural Health Education Foundation, I undertook a sabbatical in New York City, where I researched digital media and community initiatives, as well as volunteering for a Congressional by-election. In April 2012 I received my PhD in media from Macquarie University (the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies). At my graduation in April 2012, I gave the student keynote address. In 2012 and 2013, I lectured part-time in post-graduate and undergraduate public relations and media at the School of Arts and Media at the University of NSW, as well as APM College (Think Education Group).
I have a strong commitment to improving social and economic justice, and am passionate about creating better outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society, including Indigenous Australians. Here is a link to my writing on social disadvantage. Please contact me (see email address below) with any comments or questions on my work or interests.
My current memberships include the Film Critics Circle of Australia and the Economics Society of Australia. I represent Community Colleges Australia (CCA) on the Steering Committee of the Reading Writing Hotline, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s VET Student Loans Implementation Advisory Group, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Provider Reference Group and the New South Wales Government’s Skills Board Provider Reference Group. For CCA, I am also active with the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS) and the Community Council for Australia (which we call the “other CCA”).
I am a member of the Board of Directors (called the “Council”) of Mandelbaum House, a residential college of the University of Sydney, with the portfolios of strategic planning and marketing. From December 2012 through February 2014 I was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Aurora Community Channel, a national television channel that broadcasts on Foxtel.
My previous employers include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where I was Head of TV Policy and the Project Manager of Open Learning, the Australian Institute of Management (NSW/ACT) as a Client Relationship Manager, ICE Interactive Ltd as a Business Development Manager, the University of New England (Armidale NSW) as both Lecturer and research manager, and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) as CEO.
For a list of some of my recent lectures, presentations and interviews, click here.
To view a list of some of my recent film reviews, click here.
To view a list of my book reviews, click here.
For a list of links to my publications and major blog posts, click here.
For a list of my television and audio podcast production credits, click here.
For a list of my film festival and film event activities, click here.
For a list of my appearances in the electronic media, click here.
For a list of my awards, click here.
View my LinkedIn profile here.
I am frequently quoted in the news items of Community Colleges Australia, which you can read here.
If you wish to contact me, email me at don (dot) perlgut (at) gmail (dot) com (The email address is written this way to avoid automated spam, however I do want to hear from you.)
All of my professional work and community service activities are informed and guided by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam: to repair or heal the world – תיקון עולם
Unless otherwise specified, all of the statements, opinions and beliefs expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not represent those of any present or past employers.
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Acknowledgement of Country
I acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodians of the lands on which I live and work, and I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. I thank them for looking after my country, Australia, for many thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans.