National Children's Commissioner: 2020 -
Anne Hollonds commenced as National Children’s Commissioner in November 2020.
Before her appointment to the role, 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. In over five years in this role she was also Director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre.
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.
Prior to moving into senior executive roles, Anne had extensive front-line experience including in child protection, out-of-home care, domestic violence, child and family therapy, parenting education, and mental health.
Anne 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, combined with an MBA, and has completed international executive programs in strategy, leadership and change at Harvard and Stanford universities.
As a child, Anne emigrated from Finland with her parents. She has two adult daughters, and two little grandsons aged 2 and 4 years.