Our Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group comprises member organisations from all states and territories, including peak bodies, in the area of preventing and responding to violence against women. AWAVA’s Advisory Group informs AWAVA’s priorities and work plan, and amplifies the voices of the women and networks that members represent, with particular emphasis on marginalised and under-represented groups of women. The Advisory Group is intended to fairly represent the different sub-sectors within the violence against women sector. Our current members are:

Organisation Advisory Group member
ACT Women’s Services Network ACT WSN TBC
Proxy: TBC
Association of Women Educators AWE TBC
Proxy: Alota Lima
Australasian Council of Women and Policing ACWAP Maha Sukkar
Proxy: Gerry McKenna
Australian Women’s Health Network AWHN Bonney Corbin
Proxy: Holly Brennan
Centre For Women’s Health and Wellbeing WA Alison Evans
Proxy: TBC
Domestic Violence NSW DVNSW Livia Stanton
Proxy: Renata Field
Domestic Violence Victoria DVVic Louise Simms
Proxy: TBC
Economic Security 4 Women eS4W Sharen Page
Proxy: Terese Edwards
Embolden – Alliance for Women’s Freedom, Equity and Respect (Formally Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services of South Australia) Jennifer Kingwell
Proxy: Susie Smith
Ending Violence Against Women Queensland EVAWQ Emma Iwinska
Proxy: Lindy Edwards
Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change Michal Morris
Proxy: Sana Ashraf
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance NATSIWA Sandra Creamer
Proxy: Christine Ross
National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence NASASV Heather Clarke
Proxy: TBC
National Rural Women’s Coalition NRWC TBC
Proxy: Keli McDonald
National Union of Students Women’s Officer NUS Women’s Officer Georgette Mouawad
Proxy: TBC
Project Respect Liz Billings
Proxy: TBC
Ruby Gaea NT Samantha Chung
Proxy: TBC
Sexual Assault Support Service, Tasmania SASS Tas Jill Maxwell
Proxy: Holly Mason-White
Sisters Inside SIS Debbie Kilroy
Proxy: TBC
Women With Disabilities Australia WWDA Heidi La Paglia
Proxy: Saphia Grant
Women’s Essential Service Providers Tasmania WESP Tas TBC
Proxy: TBC
Women’s Legal Services Australia WLSA Yvette Cehtel
Proxy: Angela Lynch

Women’s Safety NSW

Proxy: Ash Johnstone

Women’s Services Network

WESNET Julie Oberin
Proxy: Margaret Augerinos
Young Women’s Advisory Group of Equality Rights Alliance YWAG ERA Linnea Burdon-Smith
Proxy: Karess Dias

Policy Executive Group

A Policy Executive Group, comprised of five Advisory Group member representatives, the AWAVA Program Manager and WESNET National Director, serves to expedite decisions about AWAVA policy positions and work priorities when timelines mean convening the entire Advisory Group is not feasible. Current member representatives on the Policy Executive Group are: Julie Oberin (WESNET), Heidi La Paglia (WWDA), Samantha Chung (Ruby Gaea NT) and Bonney Corbin (AWHN).

AWAVA’s auspicing body is the Women’s Services Network (WESNET), and the Contract Manager is Karen Bentley, CEO of WESNET.