Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA)

Elected Council Member for Australia for the term 2017-2021: 


Roland Isler



I am a graphic designer and manage the print & design department at Caulfield Grammar School, one of the largest private schools in Australia. Since arriving in Melbourne in 1982, I have been involved in the Swiss Community in many different ways, including:

  • Elected member of the CSA since 2009;
  • ‘Swiss Review’ Regional Editor for Oceania since 2017
  • Hon. Life Member and Past-President of the Swiss Club of Victoria;
  • Member of the Swiss Society of Victoria Assistance Committee;
  • Founding member of the Swiss Alliance Australia Inc.

I love Switzerland, its history and culture, and most of all the people – wherever they live. My engagement in the Swiss Community and experience as an expatriate for nearly four decades, make me a passionate champion and effective representative of the Swiss Abroad.
For the past twelve years, I have fulfilled the role as a CSA with commitment and conviction and together we will continue to campaign for better outcomes for Swiss Abroad and defended their rights and interests.

As a member of the CSA-team I am proud of what we have accomplished – the building and maintaining of networks for information exchange for Swiss citizens and associations in Australia being one of the most important achievements. With constantly changing political and social conditions in Switzerland, it is important that citizens abroad are informed clearly and promptly about issues that affect them. My work as editor of the ‘Regional News Oceania’ section of the ‘Swiss Review’ also serves that purpose.


Personally I enjoy getting immersed in history, especially the one of the Swiss in Australia. I published the book ‘To Australia! Letters of an Emigrant by J. J. Locher from Speicher’. The book is an annotated German transcript and English translation of a letter written in 1855 by a Swiss digger on the Victorian goldfields. The book is dedicated to the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad on the centenary of its foundation in 2016 and was launched at the Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Bern that year. See publication.


Please contact me If you have an issue to raise or an experience to share. T: +61 4 1293 5565 / Email