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Relationship Australia Governance

Relationships Australia is a federation of eight state and territory organisations providing a range of counselling, dispute resolution and family support services to children, couples, families, individuals, workplaces and communities around the country. Each state and territory Relationships Australia organisation has an independent board, a chief executive officer, a senior executive team and staff that support a range of services for clients.

While a large proportion of Relationships Australia work is funded by the federal departments of the Attorney-General and Department of Social Services, each organisation receives additional funding for particular services from their respective state and territory governments. This has resulted in a mix of services that makes each organisation unique, although all member organisations offer core federally funded programs.

A national office in Canberra provides support services to the federation of Relationships Australia organisations.  The national office is staffed by a national executive officer along with policy, communications, partnerships and administrative support.  The national office is funded by an annual contribution from each state and territory organisation.

The national board comprises the chief executive officers of each of the eight state and territory organisations. The national executive officer reports to that board. The board generally meets quarterly in person, and quarterly by teleconference. The chair, deputy chair and sub-committee positions are elected from and by members of the board. Secretariat support for the board is provided by the national office.

The following is a list of names of key people responsible for the governance of the Relationships Australia federation:

Title Name

National Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, South Australia

Dr Claire Ralfs

National Board Deputy Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Tasmania Dr Michael Kelly
National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Dr Andrew Bickerdike
National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, New South Wales Elisabeth Shaw
National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, Canberra and Region Alison Brook

National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, Queensland

Dr Ian Law

National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, Western Australia Terri Reilly
National Board member and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Michael Meegan
National Executive Officer Nick Tebbey