Media Release by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Advisory body to help shape a future free from violence against women

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne
    Minister for Foreign Affairs
    Minister for Women 

The Morrison Government has established a National Plan Advisory Group which will inform the development of the National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia. 

The 19-member multidisciplinary Advisory Group attended today’s virtual meeting of the Women’s Safety Taskforce where the Commonwealth, states and territories discussed the work of each jurisdiction in progressing our shared goal to end violence against women and their children.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Advisory Group members represent a range of groups in the Australian community, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Indigenous communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, children and younger people, and people with disability.

“The diverse backgrounds and expertise of the Advisory Group members will ensure we are drawing on wide-ranging ideas and bringing Australians with us as we build the next National Plan,” Minister Payne said.

“Contributions from the Advisory Group will be captured in a consultation report, which will also help to identify opportunities for development of the next National Plan.”

Minister for Families and Social Services and Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston said the Advisory Group members discussed their strong support for evidence, data and clear monitoring for all items in the next National Plan.

“This will ensure were can thoroughly assess and track our long term target to ending violence against women and their children,” Minister Ruston said.

“The Advisory Group’s broad representation, including the corporate sector, also recognises that the whole community has a role to play in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence.”

The Advisory Group will work alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to ensure relevant Closing the Gap targets are embedded in the next National Plan.

All Australians can share their views via an online questionnaire, available at until 31 July 2021.

National Plan Advisory Group members

Name Position
Alison Frame, Co-chair Deputy Secretary, Office for Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Liz Hefren-Webb, Co-chair Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Services
Gulnara Abbasova Executive Officer, Harmony Alliance
Karen Bentley Contract Manager, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance
Sandra Creamer Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
Catherine Fitzpatrick Director, Customer Vulnerability and Financial Resilience, Westpac Bank
Hayley Foster Former Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Safety NSW
Carolyn Frohmader Executive Director, Women with Disabilities Australia
The Hon Pru Goward Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Anne Hollonds National Children’s Commissioner
Patty Kinnersly Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch
Eloise Layard Program Coordinator, ACON
Donnella Mills Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Michele Robinson Director, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (attending on behalf of incoming CEO, Padma Raman)
Dr Michael Salter Associate Professor, UNSW
Joanne Sheehan-Paterson Chair, National Association of Services against Sexual Violence
Jodie Sloan Acting Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Safety Services SA
The Hon Dale Wakefield Former Minister for Territory Families, Northern Territory
Jacqui Watt Chief Executive Officer, No to Violence