About Us

DAMA Australia

DAMA Australia Inc is an Australian association composed of state based branches. The organisation is governed at the national level by a National Executive made up of branches representatives. Each branch has its own committee responsible for local events.

DAMA Australia is part of the worldwide network of more than 60 DAMA chapters which form DAMA International.

Our Mission

DAMA Australia is dedicated to improving and promoting the field of Information Management.


  • Promote the understanding and practice of managing information as a key enterprise asset.

  • Help information management practitioners become more knowledgeable and skilled in their profession.

  • Provide a forum for exchange of information, problems, ideas, experiences, resources, and questions.

  • Conduct regular presentations on information management related topics.

  • Promote the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DM BOK).

  • Teach and administer the international certification program – Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP).


If you are interested in sponsoring DAMA Australia or one of the branches, please contact us for more information.


Our Code of Ethics

In order that DAMA Australia may better achieve its purpose, the following Code of Ethics is adopted and applies to all DAMA Australia members:

  • Abide by the By-Laws and Articles of Association of DAMA Australia

  • Honour the proprietary rights of their employers, DAMA Australia, DAMA International, or any other person or organisation.

  • Perform activities with integrity and fairness.

  • Respect the rights of all individuals.

  • Not engage in any sales activity, including direct or indirect solicitation, or conduct any other activity contrary to the purposes or policies of DAMA.

  • Not distribute materials or post displays of any kind at the DAMA activities without the prior approval of the Committee.

  • Not engage in any form of personnel recruiting at or using DAMA facilities or resources.

  • Not use the DAMA’s name, developed materials, displays, symbols, or membership lists or any part thereof except in the conduct of DAMA business as determined by the Committee.

  • Not use recording devices to record a DAMA presentation without the prior permission of the speaker.

  • Not accept any discount or gift for personal gain to the detriment of DAMA’s reputation.

DAMA Australia
Executive Committee

Committee Role Name


Andrew Smailes


David Wiebe


Selvaraaju Murugesan


Andy Peyton

Brisbane President

Damian Cox

Canberra President

Tim Goswell

Melbourne President

Roger Tall

Parramatta President

Chris Ford

Sydney President


Adelaide President

Oliver Johnston

Perth President

David Yates

Committee Member

Dr. Jon Gray

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact us here

Executive Roles

DAMA Australia is run by an executive committee composed of volunteers. All committee members are office holders – everyone has a job. The committee members are elected for a 12 month period at the Annual General Meeting. Committee members must be financial paid up DAMA members, i.e. they have either a paid up individual membership or their employer is a paid up corporate member.

Committee members are expected to contribute, on average, 4-6 hours per month to DAMA matters. If you are unable to make that level of time commitment please do not nominate for the committee. The committee typically meets on a monthly basis to review past events, plan future events and address a variety of matters.

The roles are:


Responsible for ‘making things happen’. Organises other committee members to ensure that DAMA Australia chapter is vibrant and active.


In President's absence, the Vice-President is the Chairperson for any general meetings and for any committee meetings.


Responsible for tracking inflows and outflows of money. Ensures that bills are paid promptly and DAMA Australia chapter complies with the financial reporting requirements of a ‘Not For Profit’ association.


As Public Officer of DAMA Australia, the role is accountable for compliance, including financial reporting and membership reporting. Also includes activities to increase membership. The responsibility for recording membership, issuing membership due notices and chasing membership payments is currently delegated to the Membership representative, who is an ordinary member of the committee.

City Representative

The city representatives are ordinary members of the committee and report to the committee on local operations.