Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner
Anne Hollonds is Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner.
Before her appointment to the role in 2020, Anne was the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, an independent statutory authority of the Australian Government responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing.
For more than 23 years Anne has been a Chief Executive Officer of government and non-government organisations focussed on policy, service delivery and research in health, education and social services, including the Benevolent Society and Relationships Australia NSW.
Anne has an MBA, has completed international executive programs in strategy, leadership and change at Harvard and Stanfor Universities, and is is currently on several advisory boards and councils, including the National Child Maltreatment Study, Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council, Melbourne University Social Policy Masters, La Trobe Bouverie Centre, and National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Steering Group.
Anne has a professional background as a psychologist and social worker, and has extensive front line experience in child protection, family violence, mental health, child/family counselling, parenting education and community development.
Anne has two adult daughters and two small grandsons.