ARIA is governed by a steering committee with members from Australia's leading immunisation research institutions. The steering committee provides strategic leadership and is responsible for ensuring ARIA’s guiding principles underpin its work and that ARIA achieves its goals.

Steering committee

Professor John Kaldor
Chairperson of ARIA Steering Committee
Kirby Institute, the University of New South Wales
Senior Principal Research Fellow

Professor Margie Danchin 
Acting Chair of ARIA Steering Committee
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Group Leader, Vaccine Uptake, Infection and Immunity

Associate Professor Joshua Francis
Acting Deputy Chair of ARIA Steering Committee
Menzies School of Health Research
Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Clinical Fellow

Professor Kristine Macartney 
Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Associate Professor Meru Sheel
University of Sydney 
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

Ms Milena Dalton
Burnet Institute
Senior Research Fellow - Immunisation and Health Systems Strengthening

Associate Professor Christopher Blyth
Telethon Kids Institute
Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Research Fellow

Associate Professor Peter Richmond
University of Western Australia - Telethon Kids Institute
Head of the Vaccine Trials Group 

Mr James Flint
Program Coordinator  and Epidemiologist
Hunter New England Health and University of Newcastle



The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) provided financial support for the establishment of ARIA, with ARIA members and their organisations providing in-kind contributions. Ongoing costs for the ARIA secretariat are contributed to in various ways, including funding from NCIRS, in-kind contributions from ARIA member organisations and donor funding. To ensure sustainability of ARIA, additional funding will be sourced from donors and potentially from philanthropic sources.

ARIA also receives multi-year funding support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.



Last updated February 2024