Tomas is an executive with significant experience in complex policy development, research and evaluations across federal, state and local government agencies. Tomas has undertaken work in the areas of juvenile justice, domestic and family violence, child protection ,crime prevention, population ageing, disability, health, mental health, Indigenous disadvantage and public/social housing.
Tomas has strong problem solving, critical thinking and conceptual skills, and is highly successful at understanding ‘wicked’ policy problems and developing solutions that are ‘outside the box’ from current practice.
Tomas also has strong qualitative research skills and is able to lead projects that require structure or semi-structured interviewing, phone or face-to-face interviewing techniques, and focus group facilitation. Tomas also has extensive experience in the development of program logics, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
For over three years (2015-2018) Tomas was Deputy Director of the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance. In this capacity Tomas led a range of public policy, research and evaluation projects for government agencies. Tomas was also accountable for the overall operations of the Institute.
Prior to joining UTS, Tomas was Director Strategic Policy and Innovation at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Assistant Director - Crime Prevention at the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, and Associate Director - Social Research and Policy at Urbis Consulting.
Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) NSW
Member of the Australian Sociological Association
Member of the Institute of Criminology (Sydney)
Member of the NSW Council of Social Services
Dowler, BC & Lopata 2016, Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy.
UTS:IPPG were engaged by the Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation and NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to prepare a Youth Employment Strategy for the Illawarra Shoalhaven region. The Strategy included an Action plan aimed at responding to high rates of youth unemployment by connecting young people with the skills, qualifications and experienced needed to attain jobs within identified key industries.
The methodology undertaken included a stakeholder mapping process, an evidence review of key documents and data, a consultation forum with over 80 key industry partners and youth employment stakeholders from across the region, the brokering of commitments between stakeholders and partners to deliver identified actions, and the end product - a Youth Employment Strategy with tangible actions and steps for delivery. In December 2016, the UTS:IPPG project team reported back on the initial outcomes of the actions by undertaking a monitoring and reporting evaluation. The Strategy is currently delivering a number of positive results for youth employment within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
Dowler, BC, Alvarez, T & lopata 2016, Mid-Western Regional Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016.
he NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires Councils to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) to address the barriers that prevent people with disability from fully accessing NSW government services. The Plans are to be developed in close consultation with people with a disability and in accordance with the new NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines. UTS was engaged by the Midwestern Regional Council to develop Council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Our methodology was informed by our considerable understanding of the regional context, our extensive experience in facilitating and managing community consultations that are inclusive, accessible and meaningful and our in-depth understanding of disability issues and barriers. The project methodology included stakeholder identification and mapping; a detailed desktop analysis to assess Council's current disability operating environment and identify opportunities for improved inclusion; focus groups with Council's Access Community to establish initial visioning for the action plan; in-depth telephone interviews with Council staff; a community forum; a workshop with Councillors and a final presentation to Council. After a detailed analysis of the resulting data from all previous stages of the project, UTS developed and presented the Midwestern Regional Council with their debut Disability Inclusion Action Plan complete with evaluation framework for the ongoing evaluation of the Plan.