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Harry Manatakis

Principal Policy Adviser
South Australian Department for Education and Child Development

Harry Manatakis has completed his Bachelors of Laws and Commerce/Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and is a Principal Policy Adviser with the South Australian Government. As a qualified lawyer with early childhood education and care policy expertise his areas of specialisation include children’s rights, UNICEF Child Friendly Cities, children’s consultation, development of legislation and community engagement.

Subjects: Education

Biography

SKILLS PROFILE

Community Engagement
• Facilitation of 79 community and stakeholder consultation forums on proposed Child
                 Development and Wellbeing legislation
• Project Manager of 90 Day Better Together Community Engagement Project
• Author of Principled Framework for children and young people’s participation
• Departmental liaison to Premier’s Community Engagement Board

Stakeholder Management
• Stakeholder Mapping
• Development and management of Memoranda of Understandings (including with UNICEF
                 Australia and the Local Government Association)
• Management of stakeholder relationships across sectors including with sites and
                 services, non-government organisations, community groups and local government
• Hosting high profile guests including UNICEF Australia CEO and National Children’s
                 Commissioner

Project Management
• PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner qualified
• Project Manager of Brighter Futures projects
[email protected] 90 day Collective Impact Project
• Better Together 90 day Community Engagement Project

Policy Development and Advice
• Program and service policy (including schooling, preschools, child care, Family Day Care &
                 Out of School Hours Care)
• National policy and standards (including National Quality Standards for Early Childhood
                 Education and Care and Universal Access to Preschool)
• State Government priorities (including Every Chance for Every Child resources, SA
                 Strategic Plan recommendations, Thinker in Residence Business Case and Child Friendly
                 SA strategic planning)

Leadership
• Acting Director Strategic Initiatives for a 5 month period
• Departmental liaison to the Debelle Independent Education Inquiry

Forums and Workshop Facilitation
• Delivery of community and stakeholder consultation forums
• Facilitation of Non Government Association Round Table
• Delivery of presentations, forums, workshops and stakeholder meetings
• Delivery of professional development sessions to educators and local government

Contract Management
• Negotiating, gaining approvals and managing contracts (including reaching resolution of
                 20 year lease dispute)
• Managing deed arrangements and legal Trusts with the Public Trustee
• Leasing, licensing and property contracts and conveyancing
• Development and management of Memoranda of Understandings

Financial Management
• Management of project budgets
• Basware eProcurement processing
• Cost modelling (including for new legislation and state-wide policy)
• Financial analysis and advice
• Budget Bids
• Cabinet Submission costing comments

Strategic Communications
• Developing discussion papers (including for the Every Chance for Every Child government
                 priority and Child Develoment and Wellbeing legislative reform agenda)
• Drafting media releases, newsletter articles and journal publications
• Speaker at events, forums and University lectures

Public Speaking
• Conferences, forums and workshops
• Professional development sessions
• Community consultation forums and stakeholder meetings
• University lectures
• Documentary series

Asset Management
• Conveyancing
• Lease management
• Crown Land and Real Property sale, purchase and freeholding transactions Human

Resources Management
• Line management of staff
• Line management and support of Jobs4YouthSA Trainee
• Preschool staffing allocation support

Professional Development
• Development of learning resources and materials
• Delivery of teacher education programs and professional development workshops
• Delivery of Local Government Association Professional Development Sessions

Publications and Documentaries
• Routledge Book: Children as Citizens, Engaging with the child’s voice in educational
                 settings
• Australian Journal of Early Childhood article
• Every Chance for Every Child Principled Framework for children and young people’s
                 participation
• Project manager and expert speaker in 5 part Children’s Voices documentary series
• Featured on Channel 9 Building Ideas Show

Speech Writing
• Premier Weatherill’s SA Press Club speech
• Chief Executives’ and Ministers’ speeches
• Parliamentary speeches including second reading speeches

Councils and Committees
• Minister’s appointment to the de Lissa and Jean Denton Scholarships Committee
• Member of the National Child Rights Taskforce
• Children’s Services Consultative Committee Executive Officer
• Acting Executive Officer to the AEEYSOC Ministerial Council: Early Childhood
                 Development Working Group (ECDWG)

Event Management
• Management of community events including ministerial launches and Children’s Week
                 activities

Governing Council Constitutions
• Management, advice and approvals of preschool and child care constitutions
• Advice on school governing council constitutions

High Level Writing
• Briefings
• Reports
• Publications
• Business Plans
• Discussion and Policy Papers
• eCouriers
• Ministerial and Premier correspondence
• Cabinet Notes and Cabinet Submissions
• Parliamentary briefings
• Speeches

Research
• Management of formal research partnerships with Universities
• Researcher and co-author of a Routledge book, journal articles and government
                 frameworks
• Ministerial appointment to scholarships committee
• Dissemination of research through public seminars, community forums and workshops

Legislative Reform
• Legal interpretation and advice
• Development of legislative reform discussion paper
• Facilitation of state-wide community and stakeholder consultation forums
• Liaison and drafting instructions to Parliamentary Counsel
• Preperation of Bill Folders and advice to Parliament
• High level advice to Ministers and Chief Executives
• Preparation of parliamentary briefings, government amendments to legislation and
                 parliamentary speeches
• Support of Ministers through Parliamentary debate

Data Analysis and Advice
• Faciliation of planning forums based on community data indicators
• Preschool staffing and facilities capacity data analysis
• Child Care Benefit cost modelling and data analysis
• Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data analysis and advice

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Areas of research include: children's rights, active citizenship, valued voice and participation, with a focus on the early years.

    Publications include:
    Children’s voices: A principled framework for children and young people’s participation as valued citizens and learners, University of South Australia in partnership with the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, Adelaide, 2013.

    Children as citizens: Engaging with the child’s voice in educational settings, Routledge, London, 2013.

    Young children’s voices about their local communities and lives, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2013.

Personal Interests

    Music, movies, food, animals, reading, the outdoors.

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Children as Citizens - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood

Young children’s voices about their local communities and lives


Published: Aug 01, 2013 by Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
Authors: Harry Manatakis and Professor Pauline Harris
Subjects: Education

This paper reports on consultations with young children aged between three and eight years, informing the review of South Australia's Strategic Plan and describes how the consultations were planned and implemented, and children’s themes that emerged in relation to children’s views of their local communities.

South Australian Government

A principled framework for children and young people’s participation


Published: Aug 01, 2013 by South Australian Government
Authors: Harry Manatakis and Professor Pauline Harris
Subjects: Education

A principled approach to engaging children from research in early childhood education linked to the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. It has also been trialled successfully in a number of communities with older children. This includes primary and secondary schools, family day care and out of school hours care settings through the My time, our place – Framework for school-aged care.

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Videos

Children's Voices Part 1: The Participation Process

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Part 1 of the Children's Voices documentary series explores consultation with young children at Ocean View College Children's Centre informing the Review of South Australia's Strategic Plan.

Children's Voices Part 2 - Children's Views about their Communities

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Part 2 of the Children's Voices documentary series explores children's views about their community from Ocean View College Out of School Hours Care, informing the Review of South Australia's Strategic Plan.

Children's Voices Part 3 - Children and Young People as Valued Citizens and Lea

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Part 3 of the Children's Voices documentary series explores the evidence base and benefits to the whole of society of children and young people's participation in community decision making.

Children's Voices Part 4 - Authentic Participation and Voice in Learning Settin

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Part 4 of the Children's Voices documentary series explores links to Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and The Australian Curriculum in engaging children and young people's participation as valued citizens and learners.

Children's Voices Part 5 - Translating Children and Young People's Views into M

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Part 5 of the Children's Voices documentary series explores the post consultation process of translating children and young people's views into meaningful action, providing feedback and involving children and young people in the implementation of strategies aligned to the community issues they have been consulted about.

Building Ideas Overview of Child Friendly SA

Published: Mar 11, 2015

The Children’s Voices Research Project has informed the South Australian Government’s Child Friendly SA commitment. Recently the Building Ideas show included a segment providing an overview of South Australia’s Child Friendly SA initiative and a Participation Pilot informed by the Children’s Voices research.