Jo Wood, Coordinator-General for Family Safety
Jo Wood was appointed as the ACT’s first permanent Coordinator-General for Family Safety in October 2016. Jo has significant experience in the Australian Public Service across employment, economic strategy, and Indigenous policy and program delivery areas. Most recently, Jo was Group Manager at the Australian Department of Employment. There she was responsible for policy on jobs growth, women’s workforce participation, and social impact investment.
She also led the Department’s innovation framework and behavioural economics capability. Jo has demonstrated strengths in building relationships and partnerships in sensitive environments across the private sector, all levels of governments, service providers, the academic sector and communities. This experience is invaluable in her role as Coordinator-General for Family Safety in the ACT.
The Coordinator-General for Family Safety is responsible for:
- driving cultural change, leading reform and providing accountability
- leading the whole-of-government effort to improve the ACT's response to family and domestic violence and sexual assault in partnership with the community
- working closely with colleagues across government and the community sector in the ACT to ensure reforms are grounded in the direct experience of people with lived experience of domestic and family violence and sexual assault and the frontline services working to support them.
The Coordinator-General is supported by the Safer Families team within the Community Services Directorate.
Key work to date
The Coordinator-General and Safer Families team have led key strategic and service development initiatives, including:
- the release of an Issues Paper Information Sharing to Improve the Response to Family Violence in the ACT in September 2016 and management of a community consultation process
- a co-design process to inform the development of a Family Safety Hub to improve service integration and coordination
- research and consultation across government to inform the introduction of family violence training to frontline workers.