Wendy Austin

Consultant - Family Violence Specialist

Wendy has a comprehensive balance of experience, qualifications and life learning developed over 41 years of advocating and working within the Victorian Family Violence sector. She has extensive experience in state-wide and regional representation and advocacy; was a founding and board member of the peak body Domestic Violence Victoria; and she has provided extensive client support, innovative service development / management, quality management and governance in Victorian family violence services.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) has been a key focus of her work and Wendy has directed many projects and held representative roles in relation to the RCFV Implementation Report. Wendy is committed to addressing the confronting issues of family violence power imbalances through raising awareness; challenging the broader systems that affect family violence; development and implementation of innovative organisational change across a broad continuum; and to community and corporate contribution on addressing the issue. She is particularly interested and invested in the worth of aligning and sharing a continuum of responses across many related sectors – for example, family violence, health, homelessness, justice, police, disability, indigenous, ethnic, and faith communities.

A practiced writer, negotiator and public speaker with advanced interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; Wendy enjoys thinking outside the square and values many diverse views and a flexible and collaborative approach. She is keenly focused on the view that ‘family violence is everyone’s business and everyone’s responsibility’; that we all have a role to play, and are all of value.

Wendy holds a Continuing Education Certificate in Quality Review of Health and Community Support Services – Australian Institute of Primary Care 2010; an Advanced Diploma of Business Management – awarded as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), Box Hill Institute, 2007; an Advanced Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) – RPL 2002 and 2007. Inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2015 for services to family violence, she also became the Inaugural Domestic Violence Victoria Life Member in November 2017.

Wendy Austin

Wendy Austin