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Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM


June 1, 2021 1:00pm - May 12, 2021 2:00pm


Leaders, there is nowhere to hide! Community expectations demand better responses to abusive conduct everywhere, every time.

With the current debate over the treatment of women, sexual harassment, problematic and criminal behaviours, abuse & bullying and the momentum of mounting public protests and action, Robert will lead a lively discussion on these issues. Leaders need to step up and take responsibility a for better responding claims of abuse and bad behaviours. Knowing when and how to respond, what investigations are appropriate and what to say and how to support those affected are core leadership responsibilities. Even more important is changing cultures and conduct.

About the speaker:

Robert Fitzgerald AM was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from which many lessons have been learnt about responding to many forms of abuse in organisational settings.

He was formerly a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, the inaugural Chairof the Advisory Board, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and a Deputy Ombudsman in NSW. He is currently NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner.

He has a deep understanding of leadership and good governance having served on numerous NGO boards including previously as President Australian Council of Social Service, NSW State President St Vincent de Paul Society and is currently a Board Member of Social Ventures Australia and Chair of Caritas Australia.

Robert holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Australia.  He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994.

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