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Social Services Taskforce

Chaired by the Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings MLC, the Taskforce is the overarching forum for advice to government on cross-cutting elements of family violence and other social policy reforms.

The Taskforce will oversee the development of key features of reform, facilitate alignment and integration of reforms, promote collaboration and co-design processes to reduce duplication and bring a family violence lens to all service system reform and delivery.



  • Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State (Chair)
  • Fiona Richardson MP, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
  • Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; Mental Health; Equality
  • Jenny Mikakos MLC ,Minister for Families and Children
  • Martin Pakula MP, Attorney-General
  • Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Police
  • Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
  • Gayle Tierney MLC, Minister for Corrections
  • Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer (as required)

Department Executives

  • Chris Eccles, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)
  • Kym Peake, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Greg Wilson, Secretary, Department of Justice and Regulation (DJR)
  • Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • Graham Ashton, Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police
  • David Martine, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) (as required)

Sector Representatives

  • Alfie Bamblett, Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum
  • Andrew Jackomos, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
  • Annette Gillespie, CEO, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
  • Deb Tsorbaris, CEO, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Dr Leeanne Fisher, Clinical Director, Austin Health - Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Emma King, CEO, Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)
  • Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Helen Kapalos, Chair, Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Jacqui Watt, CEO, No to Violence and Men’s Referral Service
  • Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
  • Jill Gallagher, CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aboriginal community representative
  • Karen Batt, Secretary, CPSU Victorian Branch
  • Kristy McKellar, Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council
  • Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Mary Barry, CEO, Our Watch
  • Muriel Bamblett, Aboriginal Children’s Forum
  • Peter Lauritsen, Chief Magistrate
  • Rita Butera, Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria
  • Rob Spence, CEO, Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Rowena Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
  • Stella Avramopolous, President, VCOSS and CEO, Kildonan Uniting Care

Contact us

For any additional enquiries, please email: fv.consultations@dpc.vic.gov.au