Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

Monday 2 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Kristy McKellar

Photo of Kristy McKellar, Family Violence Advocate

Family Violence Advocate

Kristy McKellar is renowned in the family violence sector, both in Victoria and nationally, her work attracting overseas interest. Kristy was named in the top 100 Women of Influence in the country, named as the Agenda Setter of the Year for Australia and has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Across two decades she has dedicated to improving the lives of others, uniquely positioned, drawing on her academic background ingrained in Social Science and Social Work and her lived experience. Kristy has successfully challenged the nation to take a stand on family violence, connecting the issue from the head to the heart.  Kristy is a courageous survivor, inspiring advocate and consultant who is championing reform, prevention, social change and gender equality.

Kristy has further contributed to a Victorian Parliament landmark, invited to address Members of the Legislative Assembly and Council, in a unique sitting in Parliament House and has played a significant role in the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence.

Kristy is the Deputy Chair of the Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council, and is a member of the Royal Commission Chief Magistrates Taskforce and Social Services Taskforce with the Special Minister of State. Kristy is a delegate to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Steering Committee and sits on the Women’s Health East ‘Speaking Out’ Eastern Media Advocacy Program (EMAP) Steering Committee and is the Ambassador and chair of the first Victorian local government ‘Together We Can’ Community Advisory Group.



It’s a royal to-doo: What can we expect?

Monday 2nd September, 2019: 1:30pm - 2:50pm

The long awaited Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disability is about to kick off. How do disability advocates best support their clients to feel safe in sharing their stories? What have past Royal Commissions taught us about this process?