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Our role

The Commission is focused on practical and meaningful ways to measure progress towards the objectives outlined in the National Plan, informed by what is important to people with lived and living experience, and what the research and data, and frontline workforce tells us.

We engage with people with lived and living experience to help amplify their voices to ensure their diverse experience is heard — shaping policy design, informing policies and improving service delivery.

We do this through our four objectives:

  1. Promoting the National Plan objectives to end gender-based violence and monitoring impact.
  2. Amplifying the voices of people with lived and living experience, for meaningful engagement in shaping policy design and service delivery.
  3. Fostering collaboration and coordination across government and community, to enhance connection and reduce fragmentation to improve outcomes.
  4. Providing strategic advice to inform strengthened policy and practice, and improved outcomes.

We take action inquisitively, responsibly and collaboratively while ensuring the dignity of individuals is upheld, as we exert our influence with community and governments.

By providing informed leadership, insight and direction to improve responses to violence, we will help improve national prevention, early intervention, response, healing and recovery.

Our story

Establishing the Commission as an agency dedicated to addressing and ending violence against women and children — in all its forms — provides a significant opportunity to enhance the way we work in support of the Australian Government. It positions us to improve national coordination on matters that affect people with experience of domestic, family and sexual violence.

We are taking this opportunity to do things differently.

We seek to amplify the voices of people with lived experience, and to improve the coordination of policy and services. This will help ensure policy and services reflect and respond to the perspectives and needs of people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence — so they can access the support they need, no matter who they are, or where they live.

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Our strategy

The Commission was established on 1 July 2022 under the Public Service Act 1999. We are an independent, accountable and transparent agency that maintains a national focus on ending gender-based violence.

We know that urgent action is needed, and that domestic, family and sexual violence is at epidemic levels in Australia. We also know the system is large and complex. There are many governments, agencies, bodies and organisations working to make change.

The task before us is challenging, and there is a lot to do. We don’t want to duplicate or hinder any good work that is underway, but we need to start somewhere.

That’s why — after conversations, feedback and listening since our establishment — the Commission will first focus on five priority areas:

  • Systemic and institutional racism.
  • Healthy and diverse masculinity.
  • Children and young people.
  • Healing justice.
  • Housing.

Underpinning our entire approach will be ensuring that people with lived and living experience of domestic, family and sexual violence are supported and centred around policy development and implementation decisions — because we know that the best people to help us make change and improve the system are those that have needed it most in the past.

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Meet the Commissioner

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Meet the Commissioner

With years of professional experience in family violence and sexual assault services, social services, and human rights initiatives, Micaela Cronin is passionate about prevention, early intervention, response and recovery from gender-based violence.

Lived Experience Advisory Council

New Members

Akii

Akii (they/them) is an international multi-award-winning disability, gender equity advocate & violence survivor-activist, trainer and educator who is dedicated to and deeply passionate about human rights, accessibility, intersectionality, inclusion, advocacy, non-tokenistic representation and co-design/co-production. A 2022 United Nations International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) Ambassador and winner of the 2023 Disability Leadership Institute - Disability Leader of the Year (Inclusion).

They are a proudly disabled, neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD & CPTSD), gender-diverse trans non-binary and Queer/LGBTIQA+ person of colour (POC), from a refugee and culturally diverse background. Akii lives with numerous complex chronic illnesses, disabling chronic pain and various physical disabilities. Akii has dedicated their entire career to making a positive and sustainable difference to their communities and all marginalised/disadvantaged groups.

Alison

Alison is a proud Noongar woman from Western Australia. She is a lived experience champion who has experienced intimate partner violence and her sister’s life was tragically taken through family violence in 2019. Alison has extensive experience in government and Aboriginal services, and is passionate about creating safe communities, addressing inequity, empowering First Nations people and healing.

Amani

Amani is an author, visual artist, and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani’s ground-breaking feminist memoir The Mother Wound, published in 2021, explores the effects of domestic abuse and state-sanctioned violence on women and has received several awards including the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. In recognition of her advocacy against domestic violence, Amani received the 2021 UTS Faculty of Law Alumni Award and was named Local Woman of the Year for Bankstown in 2020. Drawing on her legal background and lived experiences, Amani has served on the boards of Bankstown Women’s Health Centre and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and consults with various institutions on improving access and outcomes for victim-survivors.. As an active visual artist and former Archibald Prize Finalist, Amani collaborates with various organisations to facilitate visual arts and storytelling workshops for victim-survivors from migrant communities.

Deborah

Deborah is a disabled survivor advocate and campaigner for law reform. Their activism recently saw a successful campaign for non-fatal strangulation to become a standalone offence in Tasmania rather than a common assault charge.

Deborah is the author of three books focusing on Domestic and Family violence. These books are used as educational resources in Social Services for counsellors and students on practicals.

Ella

Ella is a domestic and family violence, lived experience advocate. She has experience working with children and young people who have been impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence; and has worked as a survivor-advocate on numerous projects across local, state and national levels. Ella is passionate about amplifying the voices of, and advocating for the rights of, children and young people.

Quinn

Quinn is a survivor with diverse expertise from lived experience, policy, and research. They are passionate about advocating for safer housing and mobility for victim-survivors of domestic, family, and sexual violence.

Famin

Famin is a pro bono lawyer. She also is a founder of a social enterprise project which raises money for a domestic violence organisation which provides legal advice to women facing violence, and raises awareness about domestic and family violence in the wider community. Famin is particularly passionate about creating systemic change for culturally and linguistically diverse women facing domestic and family violence.

Holly

Holly is an Indigenous early years educator and a survivor advocate who lives and works in very remote NT. She hopes to create pathways for First Nations women and their children – free from DFSV. Her recent focus has been the delivery of an Indigenous mental health app - Guṉḏirr, which provides an opportunity for people to advocate for themselves through the mental health and broader health systems.

Libby

Libby is a queer young woman, survivor advocate, and a consent and respectful relationships educator. She is experienced in working with young people to co-design solutions to gender-based violence.

Sharon

Sharon has first-hand experience of the challenges many in the LGBTQIA+ community face when trying to navigate the domestic, family and sexual violence service system. She is committed to bringing her unique perspective to government to help remove barriers for those in the LGBTQIA+ community reporting DFSV, seeking support and accessing appropriate services.

Tiffiny

Tiffiny is a lived-experience advocate and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, family violence and sexual assault. Her 30-year career spanning industry sectors across Australia and Japan informs her deep understanding of leading transformational change in diverse cultural, regulatory, and organisational settings.  She leads customer vulnerability strategy and governance for Westpac Group working to maximise financial safety through fair product and service design.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Trajan Group Holdings, a global Analytical Science firm with a mission to deliver scientific solutions that enrich human health.  She is based in Melbourne with her partner and two daughters.

Vincent

Vincent (or Vinnie), is a community legal centre lawyer working to support children and young people experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Vinnie is a survivor of childhood family violence and shares his story to amplify the voices of children and young people to ensure they are not forgotten in the national conversation around family violence. Vinnie was born in South Korea but has lived in Melbourne for the majority of his life. Vinnie’s dream is for all women and children to feel safe and loved in their own home, free from all forms of violence and harm.

Founding Members

Adele

Adele is a queer disabled person of colour and lived experience advocate. They draw on their experience working in various capacities in domestic, sexual, and family violence services and responses, research, survivor advocacy, and collective social justice action. 

Beck

Beck is a queer feminist who is passionate about ensuring the safety of rainbow families and is a long time campaigner of LGBTIAQ+ rights. They have significant experience leading domestic and family violence organisations. 

Aishwarya

Aishwarya, also known as Ash, is a survivor advocate who has a keen interest in advocacy, education and intersectional feminism. Originally from India, Ash strongly believes that violence against women and children is not a part of her culture or any other culture. Ash joined the council to support and platform the voices of women of colour in the family violence sector reform. 

Kim

Kim is a parent of six, and proud descendent of the Yanyuwa and Larrakia people of the NT, who works as a speaker, educator, and coach in healing, group work for youth, men, families and culture.  Kim is founder of IvolveGen which promotes spiritual and cultural development as the catalyst for healing, wellbeing, and growth.

Amanda

Amanda is a Yorta Yorta woman, a trauma, domestic and family violence-informed survivor advocate, activist, speaker and writer. They are founder of an initiative to amplify historically excluded survivors of gendered violence.

Saxon

Saxon is a survivor advocate, law reform campaigner and an advocate for the rights of survivors to tell their stories. Their advocacy triggered a review sexual assault laws to better protect victims and survivors of sexual assault and violence.

Jay

Jay is a hearing-impaired and culturally diverse human rights lawyer, lived experience advocate, and survivor of sexual and family violence. They are the founder of a Victorian advocacy project for the victim-survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence used by police officers; an active police accountability and response reform advocate; and the co-founder of a national survivor-led advocacy group which seeks to embed varied and diverse lived experience - particularly marginalised voices - in all aspects of family violence response reform and the deployment of the National Plan. 

Careers at the Commission

We are looking for passionate people to help drive the Commission’s work in addressing and ending violence against women and children. If you want to be part of that change, come join the team.

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National initiatives

Under the National Plan, the Commonwealth Government has established and supports a number of key initiatives to drive a long-term, whole-of-community effort to reduce violence against women and children.

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It takes many people to make a meaningful difference. By combining our individual knowledge, efforts and experiences, we can help make the future better for everyone.

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