Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The role of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service (the Council) will be to provide informed advice to Government, drive coherent policy outcomes and advocate on behalf of women and families united by defence service. The Council will draw on, refer to and collaborate with key stakeholders, leading ex-service organisations and other (veterans, women and families) advisory bodies and forums which have an interest in matters it is considering or advocating for. The Council will be built on the foundations of contemporary lived experience, inclusivity, collaboration, compassion and respect.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Minister

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    17

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No, but noted in parent's annual report

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Council

  • Creation Date

    14 December 2018

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Gabrielle Costigan 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Deputy Chair Ms. Janine Kirk AM 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Ms. Liz Cosson AM CSC 17 May 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC 17 May 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Ms. Kate Pope PSM 17 May 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. Doug Baird OAM 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Mrs. Rhondda Vanzella OAM 14 May 2020 17 May 2020
Member Mr. Michael (Mick) Bainbridge 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Ms. Gwen Cherne 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Dr. Rachel Martin 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Mrs. Anne Pahl 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Ms. Rachel Ranton 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Chaplain Robert Sutherland CSC 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Mrs. Renee Wilson 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Ms. Meredith Lane 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Flight Lieutenant Amanda Scott 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
Member Ms. Elizabeth Ward 17 May 2019 14 May 2020
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