National Coalition Update | March 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Safe and Supported briefing to members of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing

Following the release of the Safe and Supported Action Plans on 31 January 2023, the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing will be holding a Safe and Supported briefing for members on Tuesday 28 March from 3:30pm-5:00pm (AEDT).Senior representatives of the four governance partners will discuss content of the action plans, the focus of immediate efforts and be available for general discussion & questions:

  • Tim Crosier, Branch Manager, Children’s Policy, Department of Social Services (representing DSS)
  • Fiona Ward, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection, South Australian Government, (representing the States and Territories)
  • Catherine Liddle, CEO, SNAICC Voice for our Children (representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group); and
  • Jamie Crosby, CEO, Families Australia (representing the National Coalition).

We encourage National Coalition members and interested parties to attend the online briefing. Register to attend via Eventbrite.

Appointment of disability expert to the steering group

The National Coalition recently held an EOI round, calling for a person with expertise in disability to join the National Coalition steering group. A robust selection process was undertaken by the Assessment Panel, who had the challenge of selecting a candidate to balance the skills and expertise of the existing steering group cohort.  

We are pleased to announce that the successful candidate is Ms Amber Ward, NDIS Practice Lead for Thrive House.   We welcome Amber and extend our thanks to our EOI Assessment Panel members: Deirdre Cheers, Chief Executive Officer, Banardos; Emeritus Professor Morag McArthur; and Tricia Murray, former CEO, Wanslea.

Steering group composition

Composition of the steering group for the next few years is:

Name  Position Title  Organisation  
Professor Leah Bromfield Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection University of South Australia 
Professor Amy Conley Wright Director, Research Centre for Children and Families The University of Sydney 
Dr Lauren Lines Lecturer in Nursing Flinders University 
Dr Rosa Flaherty Manager, Practice Development National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse 
Ms Felicity Kime President and Peer Worker Family Inclusion Strategies Hunter (FISH) 
Ms Catherine Liddle CEO SNAICC 
Ms Annette Michaux Director Parenting Research Centre 
Mr Paul McDonald CEO Anglicare Victoria 
Ms Amber WardNDIS Practice LeadThrive House
Mr Jamie Crosby Convenor National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing / CEO Families Australia. 

Not yet a National Coalition member? 

You can become a member by emailing or visiting the National Coalition webpage at   Membership of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing is free.

Thank you for your support and ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and families.


Jamie Crosby 
Convenor, National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing 
CEO Families Australia