Senior Special Needs Advisor, University of New England

Mirela Suciu is a Senior Special Needs Advisor at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Mirela regularly contributes to national discussions on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the rights of migrants with a disability and access to employment and education. Mirela completed her post-graduate studies in social research at Deakin University in 2012. Prior to that, she completed a First Class Honours in Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, focusing her research on 'Anti-Semitism in Indonesia', including the use of Nazi symbols by Indonesian youth. She has worked in various advocacy and policy roles, including as an advisor in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Mirela has also studied Indonesian Studies at Hamburg University, Germany, the University of New England, Armidale, Australia and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


  • –present
    Senior Special Needs Advisor, University of New England
  • 2012–2013
    Office Manager, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • 2010–2012
    Senior Analyst, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health
  • 2008–2010
    Policy Advisor, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 2008–2008
    Disability Advocate, Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association


  • 2012 
    Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Research
  • 2008 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Asian Studies (First Class Honours)
  • 2007 
    University of New England, Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • 2007 
    Gadjah Mada University, Academic Exchange Program
  • Armidale, NSW, Australia
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