Introducing our new CEO: Liz Little

The Mercury

Rural Alive & Well Inc are incredibly happy to introduce our new Chief Executive Officer Liz Little. Liz has a vast range of experience in mental health services and managing small teams, below is a copy of her bio. 

Liz Little studied social work at the University of Sydney. Her first professional job was in mental health where she developed an interest in working with young people and heroin addicts. Subsequently she became one of Australia’s first street based youth workers in Griffith NSW. She later developed her interest in young people through local government youth work in both Australia and London.         

On returning to Australia she managed local government community services in outer Sydney and in 1983 became Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the School of Social Work in Tasmania. She completed her Masters in Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. In 1990 she moved to the Department of Premier and Cabinet where she established the Tasmanian Office of the Status of Women. She briefly served as the Director of the Policy Division of the Premier’s Department and was then appointed as Tasmania’s inaugural Sex Discrimination Commissioner.        

In 2001 she took up the position of Principal Consultant with the Department of Justice and headed up the Strategic Policy and Projects branch where she was responsible for the design and implementation of the whole-of-government Safe-at-Home family violence program; the establishment of the Court Mandated Diversion of Drug Offenders program (Drug Courts); and, sex offender treatment programs among other things. Liz has delivered conference papers and training on these and other issues across Australia.         

Liz also participated in the Australia-Vietnam Joint Program on Gender Equality in relation to eliminating violence against women; the Australian Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program by delivering training in China on integrated responses to domestic violenceand in 2011 was invited to speak at the House of Lords in London on the elimination of domestic violence.       

Meanwhile Liz retired from the Tasmanian public service in 2009… retirement was short lived as she took up the role of CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service in 2010. She resigned from that position in May 2015. Liz was Chair of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV) for 3 years. During her time at SASS she developed practice interests specifically in the use of sexual violence as part of family violence and in child protection issues. Most recently she has been delivering training nationally in faith-based organisations on child safe practices and organisation change processes as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Liz will commence work at RAW on July 15.