Meet Susai

About Susai

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Susai Benjamin is a Solicitor and Barrister and Notary Public with more than 25 years’ experience in policy and legislation development and litigation within the NSW Government.

Current Employment

Susai is a NSW Public Servant within the Office of State Revenue where he has held a number of positions since 1990. He has also worked with the State Authorities Superannuation Board of NSW (1988-1990) and a short secondment with the WorkCover Authority during 2000-2001.

He is a current Councillor on Blacktown City Council where he has strenuously worked to defend the 50% discount on pensioners’ Council rates, to keep Mt Druitt Pool open to the public, increase educational resources for emerging communities, retain Council-run child care centres and consult the community about the retention of open spaces for current and future needs of local families.

Community Involvement

He and his family have lived in Toongabbie since 1987. He has consistently made himself available on a pro bono basis to those in need of legal advice, advocacy and assistance. His understanding of the needs within the local community led him in 2004 to plan for the creation of the Toongabbie Legal Centre, which, since 2007, has offered free legal advice to those in need in the surrounding areas through the voluntary efforts of a team of Solicitors and Law Students.

He has campaigned since 2005 for better access to local railway platforms; initiated the Metella Road Improvement Committee and worked with local families to create Vancouver Reserve as an area for their use. He was appointed by the Australian Government to serve on the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council. The work of this Council resulted in the Government establishing a multicultural policy for the nation. In recognition of his community work, the Federal Government appointed him as one of the initial People of Australia Ambassadors.

Over the years, Susai has served as a Committee member of the Immigration Committee and the Government Solicitors’ Committee of the Law Society of NSW. He has also been active as a member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. Since joining the Public Service in 1988, Susai has been an active member of the Public Service Association of NSW and was elected to the Central Council of the Association for 3 terms over 12 years.

Prior to being elected to Blacktown Council, he served on the Community Welfare Advisory and Child Care Management Committees of the Council. In addition, Susai served on the management committees of various community groups, as Director and President of the Board of the Multicultural Arts Alliance and served on the Management Committees of Migrant Resource Centres at Blacktown and Parramatta (covering Baulkham Hills, Holroyd and Parramatta Council areas).

Prior to coming to Australia in 1987, Susai was Director of a small non-government organization in India that conducted research and leadership training for those working with the poor.

Susai and his wife, Dr Anne Benjamin, have three adult children and are active in their local Church community.

Qualifications

Susai holds Bachelors’ degrees in Science from Loyola College Chennai. He holds a Masters qualification in Social Work (Madras School of Social Work) and Bachelor of General Law and Bachelor of Law (Madras Law College). He completed a course in Development Studies in Birmingham, UK. After completing courses at the University of Sydney and the College of Law, Susai was admitted by the Supreme Court of NSW as a Solicitor and Barrister in August 2003 and subsequently as a Notary Public. He is a registered Migration Agent.