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The Hon Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Women, 15 May 2012


The Hon Pru Goward MP addressed a private boardroom event for 16 senior business executives where she discussed “Non-Government Organisations and Government: Working together to do our best”. This CEO Boardroom lunch was proudly sponsored by KPMG.

Non-government organisations (NGOs) in NSW provide many taxpayer funded services, including to clients of the Department of Family and Community Services to vulnerable children and young people, seniors and people with disabilities, including in social housing.

One of the NSW Government’s major reforms, already underway, is to transfer the management of court-ordered out-of-home care. This is a good example of the increased role NGOs can and should play to improve government services. NGOs are more nimble, flexible and customer-focussed service providers, whether providing services to alleviate and resolve drug and alcohol addiction, mental health or domestic violence.

Across community services, social housing, and disability, Governments and NGOs need to strategically re-engineer how they think and work to get the full value from our strengthening partnership, to better service our citizens. How can public, private and not-for-profit organisations build better capabilities to achieve this goal?

Pru Goward was elected to the NSW Parliament in March 2007 as the Member for Goulburn, and was appointed the Minister for Family and Community Services, and the Minister for Women in April 2011.

Before entering Parliament, Pru served as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for six years, and the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination for two years. During her time with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission she became best known for her advocacy of a national paid maternity leave scheme, the implications of demographic change, and the challenge of work-life balance. Pru has also served as the Executive Director of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Pru was awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to journalism and women’s rights in 2001, and in 2007 an Honorary Doctorate of Business from Charles Sturt University.

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