The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) board includes professors, politicians, educators, and now, following a recent appointment, a lawyer.
Russell Kennedy Lawyers principal Sabine Phillips (pictured) brings 25 years of experience as a nurse and 11 years as a lawyer to the authority.
Her name was put forward for consideration to the Prime Minister by Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley. Her appointment brings further professional skill and industry experience to the 13-member board.
“Phillips is committed to improving people’s quality of life ... We’re excited to see her fostering and driving continuous improvement in the sector,” said Russell Kennedy managing director Paul Gleeson.
Phillips has worked as an operator of aged care facilities, is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a director of Northern Health. As a principle at Russell Kennedy, she specialises in risk management, inquiries and investigations, dispute resolution, coronial inquests, policy review and implementation.
“Research shows that quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. A national program can deliver national reforms and introduce consistent standards, which is exciting to be a part of,” said Phillips.