Ros Baxter is Group Manager of Families Group in the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. Her group leads the Government’s work on the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. Ros’ group also manages significant programmes to support children, parents and families; takes the lead on birth, adoption and care policy; and manages federal income management, homelessness, gambling and financial wellbeing interventions.
Ros has worked in social and welfare policy and practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and in local, state and federal government. She has been a presiding member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and has also worked as a consultant, providing advice to public and private sector organisations in developing regulation and prosecuting strategic policy.
She has degrees in government, social work and law from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in law (welfare reform) from the University of Sydney.