Renee Hamilton commences as CEO of National Women’s Safety Alliance

With a wealth of experience in policy and advocacy, primarily in the university sector, Ms Hamilton commences in the key leadership role for the NWSA today, driving the Alliance’s mission to contribute to reducing violence against women and children.

Announced in July by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, the National Women’s Safety Alliance will bring together leading organisations and individuals across Australia to provide expertise, lead consultation on and support comprehensive policy and program design aimed at reducing violence against women and children and enhancing support for survivors. The Alliance has officially commenced operations as of 23 August 2021, and is auspiced by YWCA Canberra.

Ms Hamilton comes to the role with significant experience in engaging with diverse stakeholders to deliver ambitious and effective policy and advocacy outcomes. As the former Policy Director, Safety and Wellbeing at Universities Australia, Ms Hamilton has been a key spokesperson for marginalised cohorts within the university environment, making women’s safety on campus a key priority for the higher education sector.

To date, Ms Hamilton has successfully worked with state-based rape crisis and prevention units, ANROWS, Our Watch, the Department of Social Services and has been closely engaged with consultation on the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children (the National Plan).

Her demonstrated expertise in working across sectors to create a culture of change to drive gender equality on campuses will translate exceptionally to achieve the stated goals of the NWSA.

Frances Crimmins, CEO of YWCA Canberra, has congratulated Ms Hamilton on her appointment.

“The National Women’s Safety Alliance has a unique opportunity to drive change and connect government, service providers, academics and survivors in the common goal of reducing violence against women. Ms Hamilton’s strong track record in delivering outcomes in the women’s safety space will be an incredible asset to the Alliance.”

Ms Hamilton has expressed her enthusiasm to continue to use her skills to contribute to ending violence against women.

“I am honoured to be appointed as CEO of the National Women’s Safety Alliance, and am looking forward to fostering strong relationships across the sector, to enable meaningful consultation and input into the National Plan and to establish a strong advocacy agenda to keep driving outcomes for women and children.

“My first actions as CEO will be to engage with subject matter experts, peak bodies, organisations working to prevent and end violence against women, and people with lived experience of violence, to develop the membership base of the Alliance.

“Our goal is to really bring together a diversity of voices, expertise and experience to drive and inform policy change in this area, and provide meaningful advice to government and decision makers to end violence against women and their children.”

Expressions of interest are now open for membership of the NWSA. Find out more at

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29 September 2021




Beyond ANU

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

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