AFS no longer has a national office in Australia.
We are proud to partner with a large network of Affiliates around the world who have been approved by the AFS Board of Trustees to cooperate with our global Network.
Please contact the Global Affiliates we have in Australia:


Student Placement Australia New Zealand (SPANZ)

Tasmanian Government Education and Training International

Our AFS Australia Office

Listed below are the current staff of the AFS Australia National Office which is located in Sydney.

Dr Kirrilee Hughes

Partner Director & CEO
Kirrilee is an AFS Returnee (Indonesia, 1996/97) and now inspires and leads AFS staff and volunteers across Australia. She wants more young Australians to experience other cultures through educational experiences and to learn to be open to difference.

Fran Baxter

Senior Manager – Education & Development
Fran has held various roles with AFS Australia over the last 25 years… Host Mum, Sending Mum, Volunteer Leader and now she leads intercultural learning services within AFS Australia for existing and new programs and for participants, volunteers, schools, staff and other stakeholders. Fran works Mondays – Wednesdays and on Fridays.

Sally Farquharson

Finance Manager
Sally is our resident numbers expert and manages the finance function here at AFS Australia. She is a Chartered Accountant and works Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Nicole Cooney

Manager – Programs Team
Nicole supervises our Sending and Hosting Coordinators as well as plans and reviews processes to ensure the smooth operation of all AFS programs in Australia.

Jessica Wilkie

Support Coordinator
Jess ensures that our inbound and outbound participants as well as host families have the support they need for a successful AFS experience. Jess also coordinates and trains AFS Support Volunteers who are the first point of contact for many of our participants.

Laure Maraval

Sending Coordinator
Are you interested in participating in one of AFS Australia’s outbound programs? Laure will inspire you about our diverse range of host destinations and help you through the application process.

Lea Bouillet

Hosting Coordinator
Lea is an AFS Returnee (Year Program, from France to China, 2009/10). Lea coordinates the placement of AFS participants in host families across Australia and will get you and your family excited about the AFS hosting experience.

Claudia Rojas

Volunteer & Alumni Development Coordinator
Claudia is an AFS Returnee (Year Program from Venezuela to Germany, 1992/93) and has a professional background in strategic human resource management. At AFS Australia, Claudia coordinates recruitment and training for our 300+ volunteers across Australia and works on exciting projects to engage AFS Returnees and alumni.

Lily Connolly-Keck

Programs Assistant 
Lily helps with the smooth delivery of our outbound and inbound programs by providing assistance to the programs team. Lily comes to AFS after recently completing a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney. Lily works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Alexis Ong

Finance Assistant 
Alexis is an AFS Returnee (Japan, 2010 and Germany 2012). She provides assistance to our Finance Manager with financial processes. She is currently studying commerce at the University of Sydney. Alexis works Wednesday and Friday.

Our local volunteers

New South Wales

Felix Langthaller – [email protected]

Central Coast
Andrew Cosgrove –[email protected]

Blue Mountains
Ruth Lenffer – [email protected]

Broken Hill
Karen Kemp – [email protected]


Adrienne Rowell – [email protected]


Lorella Masci – [email protected]

Maura Woodman –[email protected]

South Australia

Bev Milton – [email protected]

Western Australia

Helen Mein – [email protected]


North & North-West Tasmania
Debbie Brumby – [email protected]

South Tasmania
Cristy Walker –  [email protected]

Australian Capital Territory

Vanessa Tuckfield – [email protected]

Northern Territory

Juan Usandizaga –  [email protected]