National Leadership in ending violence against Women and Children in a generation


Micaela Cronin
Commissioner, Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Time: 9:15am – 9:55am

Room: Room 5-7

Keynote Address

National Leadership in ending violence against Women and Children in a generation

Commissioner Micaela Cronin will speak to the role of the new Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission in amplifying the voices of people with lived experience of domestic, family, and sexual violence to ensure that the policy and implementation is responsive to their needs.

Since commencing in the role November 2022, the Commissioner has been meeting with people across the sector and community, legal and government organisations, as well as many people with lived experience. A common message has been the need for a strong and supported service sector to achieve progress across the four pillars of prevention, early intervention, response, and healing and recovery identified in the National Plan. Collaboration and coordination across and within the sector, government and community will be essential to achieving the objectives of the National Plan. The Commission is keen to explore ways the Commission can work together with you and support efforts to ensure that services are within everyone’s reach to end domestic, family and sexual violence across Australia.


Micaela Cronin commenced as Australia’s first Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner on 1 November 2022. Micaela began her career as a social worker in family violence and sexual assault services, and has held leadership roles across the social service sector in Australia and internationally, including President of ACOSS. Micaela was the CEO of an international non-government organisation based in Asia, working to build global service delivery and strategic partnerships to tackle human trafficking and human rights abuses. In 2014, Micaela was awarded the Robin Clark Leadership award, Victoria’s most prestigious Children’s Protection award, recognising a leader who inspires others in achieving the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.