Dr Amanda Niland, Commission Chair holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and postgraduate qualifications in Music Education, Montessori Education and Children's Literature. Amanda has taught in early childhood and school classrooms for more than 20 years, as a generalist teacher and music specialist. Amanda lectures at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia and also works as an early childhood music educator in an Early Childhood Intervention. She regularly presents professional development workshops in music for early childhood educators. Her current research focuses on music and children's social identity, and inclusive approaches to Early Childhood music education. Amanda has published her research in both Early Childhood and Music Education journals and edited books. She also writes songs, poems and stories for young children and has published two picture books.