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Gail Ker

Executive Member QLD
CEO, ACCESS Community Services
Phone:(07) 3412 8222


About Gail Ker

Ms Gail Ker has a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Teaching (BAVT) with double majors in Technical Studies and Human Resource Development. For the past twenty one years, she has worked at Access Community Services Ltd , a not for profit organisation based in Logan City that specialises in providing settlement, employment & training options, family support and community capacity building services for newly arrived migrants and refugees. 

Ms Ker currently holds the position of CEO at Access Community Services Ltd which is the largest multicultural organisation in Queensland (employing over 164 full-time, part-time and casual staff) and the only CALD specific Jobs Services Australia provider in Queensland. Ms Ker’s experience in providing innovative service solutions for newly arrived entrants and migrants has been recognised nationally and she has been appointed to the following boards and positions:

Vice Chair, Regional Development Australia (RDA), Logan and Redlands Inc.
Deputy Chair, Migration Council of Australia (MCA)
Deputy Chair – Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) – AMC has just ceased
Chair - NAATI Professional Reference Group
Member - Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA)
Member - Netball One Advisory Group 
Member  - SBS Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Member  - Ethnic Communities Council QLD(ECCQ)
Board Member - Logan PCYC 
Member  - Logan Community Services Coalition (LCSC)
Deputy Chair - Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC)
Multicultural Employment Network Forum
Member - Police Ethnic Advisory Group (PEAG)
Member – Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA)

For the past six years Ms Ker has attended the UNHCR’s annual consultations with NGO’s in Geneva, Switzerland.

Awards received:
2008 – MAQ Award – Winner of the Individual Category for Community Development
2010 – Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for my work in Multiculturalism in Queensland
2012 – Paul Harris Fellow  - Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  - for tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of 
better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world