Fiona was appointed the Victorian Victims of Crime Commissioner in July 2019. The Commissioner is responsible for advocating for ways in which systems and services can be improved for those who have been victims of crime.
Fiona was previously the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), the peak body for family violence services for women and children in Victoria.
In her role at DV Vic, Fiona provided advice to government, political advocacy on behalf of victims of family violence and represented the family violence sector on state-wide and ministerial committees, including co-chairing the Victorian Government’s Family Violence Steering Committee.
In 2016 Fiona was appointed the Chair of VicHealth, Victoria’s Health Promotion Foundation, and remained in the role for 3 years.
Highlights of her work have included presenting:
- in China and Vietnam with the Human Rights Commission on systems approaches to family violence
- at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin on the role of media in the changing of perceptions towards violence against women and children
- to the UN Commission on the Status of Women NGO parallel event on responses to violence against women
- alongside the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on the applicability of the Torture Convention to family violence.
Fiona has also acted as an expert witness to coronial inquests into family violence-related deaths and at the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Fiona holds a Masters in Education with a specialisation in Leadership, Policy and Change.
In 2021, Fiona was also awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Education at Monash University and was also appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to victims of crime and to the prevention of family violence.