Senior officials lead advisory group to end violence against women



Two Australian Civil Service deputy secretaries have been appointed to lead a new advisory group that will inform the development of the government’s national plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence.

Co-Chairs Frame Alison, the Prime Minister’s Department and the Cabinet Office for Women, and Liz Hefren Webb, from the Ministry of Social Services, were joined by representatives of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Indigenous communities and LGBTQIA + communities. People with disabilities, children and young people were also represented.

Members include:

  • Pru Goward, former sex discrimination commissioner,
  • Anne Hollond, national commissioner for children,
  • Dale wakefield, former Minister of the Northern Territory for the families of the territory,
  • Gulnara Abbasova, senior executive, Harmony Alliance,
  • Karen bentley, contract manager, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance,
  • Sandra Creamer, CEO, National Alliance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women,
  • Catherine fitzpatrick, Director, Client Vulnerability and Financial Resilience, Westpac Bank,
  • Hayley foster, former CEO of Women’s Safety NSW,
  • Carolyn Frohmader, Executive Director, Women with Disabilities Australia,
  • Patty kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch,
  • Eloise Layard, program coordinator, ACON,
  • Donnella Mills, president of the National Health Organization controlled by the indigenous community,
  • Michèle Robinson, Director of the Australian National Research Organization for Women’s Safety (participating on behalf of the new CEO, Padma Raman),
  • Dr Michael Salter, associate professor, UNSW,
  • Joanne Sheehan Paterson, President of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence,
  • Jodie sloan, Interim CEO of Women’s Safety Services SA,
  • Jacqui Watt, CEO No to violence.

Women’s Minister Marise Payne and Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston announced the appointments on Friday, noting that the group had attended a virtual meeting of the Women’s Safety Working Group that day.

During the meeting, Commonwealth, State and Territory governments discussed their progress in ending violence against women and children, while members of the advisory group expressed support for the evidence. , data and clear tracking for all elements of the next national plan.

“This will ensure that we can thoroughly assess and monitor our long-term goal to end violence against women and their children,” said Ruston.

The contributions of the advisory group will be detailed in a consultation report, to inform the national plan. The group will work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to ensure that relevant gap-closing goals are incorporated into the plan.

The public can give your opinion on the plan until July 31.

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