CAA Teams

The CAA has restructured to perform the CAA function better and expedite outcomes.

Effectively the operations of the CAA have been organised into TEAMS where groups of CAA members can focus on particular issues.

Initially, five TEAMS will focus on;


Prevention and Organisational strategies that can reduce the severity and reduce personnel wastage.


Development and management of the PVISP program and develop Community engagement strategies that can dovetail with this program.


Explore and develop new strategies to minimise the prevalence of illicit drugs in the community and ease the burden on Policing with community engagement.


Identify issues of Road Safety, education and strategies to have the community take ownership of the problem. Develop and implement the ZOOM-X and other initiatives developed by CAA.


Examining ways to improve the Emergency Response mechanisms as they impact on the community and making recommendations to achieve greater community harmony and support for Emergency services in a Disaster.

The selected Chair and Project Team Members are listed below.


John Thexton

Project Team Members:
Helen Johns
Annika Field
 Michael Potter
John Panteli
Kellie Marshall
Jo Donovan


Frank Byrne

Project Team Members:
Steve Bellesini
Ivan Kolarik
Helen Tigwell
Roger Sanders

Fred Johansen

Project Team Members:
Martha Tsamis
Tim Carrodus
John Bodinnar
Kellie Marshall

Ray Shuey AM

Project Team Members:
Vic Wren

Wayne Edwards
Tim Carrodus 
Roger Sanders

Steve McArthur

Project Team Members:
Damian Oehme
Noel Newnham



Chairman John Thexton


John Thexton, Helen Johns, Kellie Marshall, Annika Field, Michael Potter, John Panteli, Jo Donovan.


Contact made with all team members and team members have briefly outlined some of their backgrounds. We have a diverse range of backgrounds and skills, from lived experience of PTSD, a background of organisational psychology, marketing and media and professional networks, which is certainly a strength.


PTSD is a very broad topic and a possible focus for the team could be what can be done organisationally to prevent and reduce the impact of PTSD. This would be consistent with CAA’s focus on prevention. This view is open to discussion by the team. This will form part of the agenda for our first meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 10 November 2020.


Chairman Steve McArthur


Steve McArthur, Michael Grosvero. Damian Oehme, Noel Newnham.


The team has been working well on the issue of recall elections. We have reviewed how the process works in jurisdictions around the world and determined that this has direct relevance to Victoria. We see it as a valuable tool to improve governance and to bring corrupt, incompetent or dictatorial governments, public figures and public sector officers to account.

The team meets weekly (online) to develop the concept further.


Our aim is to finalise a policy paper for the CAA Board to consider.

We are promoting the concept in three ways:

· By contacting other community groups to seek support

· Across various media by interviews and through written op-ed.

· Via a petition on – currently, the petition is steadily gaining support.


Chairman Dr Ray Shuey AM


Ray Shuey, Vic Wren, Wayne Edwards, Tim Carrodus, Roger Sanders.


The Road Safety Team has met on 2 occasions and developed position papers on 6 priority items we can initially work with and assist Victoria Police. These have been developed following discussions with current serving police officers as well as community members and targeted directly towards road trauma reduction.


The CAA Road Safety Forum has confirmed its purpose to be:

“To actively work with and support Victoria Police in reducing road trauma on our roads” and with the following objectives:

1. To provide initiatives, advice, and recommendations to improve road policing services to the Victorian Community

2. To act as a community sounding board for future initiatives and provide constructive feedback

3. To provide an independent voice in support of effective road policing.

Any discussions with Vicpol will be aligned with the International and National strategic directions of Vision Zero, the Safe Systems Approach and the revised United Nations Decade of Action to 2030.

Position papers have been prepared for discussion on these critical issues, detailing benefits, barriers and where CAA may be able to add value to current police strategies and resources. Four priority topics are:

1. The drug driving epidemic

2. Vehicle immobilisers

3. Visible police presence

4. Court Attendance Notices (Instant Summons)


Chairman Frank Byrne


Frank Byrne, Dr Steve Bellesini, Ivan Kolarik, Helen Tigwell, Roger Sanders.


The Police Veterans In Schools Program (PVISP) has been developed by the Community Advocacy Alliance (CAA) as an anti-crime program based on the original concepts of the Victoria Police’s Police Schools Involvement Program (PSIP) which operated from 1989 until it was discontinued in 2006. The aims of the program are: to reduce the incidence of crime in society; to improve relationships between police and youth in the community; to give young people an understanding of the role of police in society; and to extend the concept of crime prevention into the Victorian school system.

The CAA has well-developed lesson plans which are in accord with the primary school curriculum of the Department of Education and Training Victoria and we have an abundant number of police veterans who have volunteered to deliver the program. The CAA was ready to commence the PVISP as a pilot program in a number of primary schools in early 2020, however COVID 19 prevented this from occurring. In the meantime, CAA Board member, Dr Steve Bellesini, has developed six video scripts ready for a remote learning or Teacher aids. These A/V’s are production ready with talent and struture identified.These prorams will be produced in-house with existing CAA resources.

The CAA is cognisant of the fact that Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, APM, has announced that crime prevention and community engagement are core to his vision for Victoria Police and he sees schools as a key location for police involvement. Chief Commissioner Patton has now commissioned a review of police activities in this regard and proposes to establish a contemporary program that formalises existing good practice, incorporates any necessary additional activities that show merit and collaborates with partner organisations.

The CAA and police veterans look forward to our contribution to Chief Commissioner Patton’s vision.


Chairman Fred Johansen

TEAM MEMBERS: Fred Johansen. Martha Tsamis. Tim Carrodus. John Bodinnar. Kellie Marshall.


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