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New organisational restructure for Our Watch announced

September 16, 2021 / Our Watch media

Our Watch has today announced a new organisational restructure which will better support the organisation to lead prevention work across the country, advance support of members, and improve opportunities for staff.

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The announcement comes as Our Watch is eight years old and halfway through its 2nd organisational Strategic Plan (2019-2024). This coincides, nationally, with the final year of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, and as a second National Plan is in development, due to be launched in 2022.  

Commenting on the changesPatty Kinnersly, said: “Our Watch is making changes to our structure to ensure that we are ready to deliver on the prevention elements of the second National Plan and continue our commitment to an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence. 

“As Australia’s understanding about the drivers of violence against women evolves and as people in workplaces, education settings, sporting organisations, and the media are more motivated to take action, our organisation must also continue to evolve.   

“The new structure seeks to prepare Our Watch for the future, to support our organisation to continue to build, test, and share new primary prevention knowledge, policy, practice, and campaigns, to enable us to better support an emerging workforce and those in settings implementing prevention work, to advance our support to our members and to improve the opportunities for our staff. The new structure will also improve our ability to attract funding from various supporters.” 

The new Our Watch structure will: 

  • Create a new, specifically designed department where Our Watch will build, test, evaluate and share new and emerging prevention knowledge, practice and campaigns.  
  • Enhance our focus on the ongoing implementation of developed prevention knowledge, practice, and campaigns. It will support the growing prevention workforce and build the confidence of leaders, practitioners, and others with influence in settings and communities. 
  • Increase capacity to support our members, the Commonwealth, and every state and territory government. We will advance our focus on developing relationships with senior political advisors and government officials 
  • Support Australians to take action through advancing our communications strategy to lead a national conversation, amplifying the Our Watch brand and actively increasing marketing of evidenced-based information, tools, and resources. 
  • Continue our commitment to being a sustainable and well-run organisation providing stability and opportunities for staff in an evolving environment. 

To facilitate this organisational change, there will be some changes at the Senior Executive level over the coming months.  

“The Our Watch Board and I would like to thank our members and stakeholders for their commitment to ending violence against women and their children and for their continued support of our work.

“I would also like to acknowledge the achievements, commitment, and unwavering passion of Our Watch staff.  Together, we are looking forward to the next important phase of our organisation, working towards an Australia free from violence against women,” Ms Kinnersly said.


Media contact

Saraya Musovic, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (saraya.musovic@ourwatch.org.au or 0407 091 383) or media@ourwatch.org.au 

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline: 

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.” 

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change. 

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and children.