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Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds is the National Director of UnitingCare Australia, and one of Australia’s leading social justice advocates. A recognised expert on social policy and community services, she has served on a wide range of boards and government advisory bodies, and is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker.

UnitingCare is Australia’s largest non-government provider of community services, with 1,500 community service delivery sites located across every State and Territory, providing services to over 2 million Australians each year. UnitingCare employs 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers nationally and provides services to children, young people and families, people with disabilities, and older Australians, in urban, rural and remote communities. Its annual turnover is in excess of $2.3 billion.

Current Roles

National Director, UnitingCare Australia (2002 – present)

Chair, UnitingCare Kippax (2009 – present)

Chair, The Australia Institute (2011 – present)

Board Member, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture (2003 – present)

Contribution and previous roles

Lin has contributed to numerous government advisory bodies over the last decade, including the current National Place Based Advisory Group and the National Youth Advisory and Consultative Forum which advised the then Federal Minster for Children and Youth Affairs.

Lin was a leading participant in the Prime Minister’s Economic Forum (2012), the Australian Government Tax Forum (2011) and the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit (2007). She was a member of the national Community Response Task Force advising the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs during the global financial crisis.

Lin chaired the ACT Community Inclusion Board from 2006 – 2009, and is a past President of the Australian Council of Social Service (2007 – 2010).

Lin’s background includes working as a counselling psychologist, including in drug rehabilitation and with young people at risk, with a particular interest in trauma and abuse. She has worked as a public policy advisor on health and community services within federal and state governments.


Lin’s achievements have been recognised by being named ACT Australian of the Year (2008), receiving a Churchill Fellowship to study anti-poverty strategies (2003), and being awarded a Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award (2002).

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