Michele Robinson

Director, Evidence to Action

Michele Robinson has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles developing advice, options and strategies on research, knowledge partnerships and exchange. Michele has worked in private, public and not-for-profit organisations both nationally and internationally in a diverse range of sectors including the prevention of violence against women and their children.  Michele has provided strategic advice to Queensland and Australian Government ministers on legal, policy and cultural initiatives to prevent domestic violence. 

Michele initiated and led legislative and policy reviews of Queensland’s domestic violence legislation that resulted in important reforms to include non-spousal violence and enhanced protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Michele worked closely with the Department of Justice and the community sector on the formulation and implementation of domestic violence protocols for Magistrates’ Courts, including education campaigns and training initiatives to improve safety for women through the court process.

Michele developed and negotiated policy options and education strategies to manage the impact of state and federal legislation on domestic violence, including the incorporation of domestic violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 1994 (Qld), Weapons Act 1990 (Qld), The Criminal Code 1995 (Qld), Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) and The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). These initiatives were supported with information and training programs to heighten awareness of the amendments and the interrelationship of the issues for agencies implementing the legislation and domestic violence service providers.

In her roles as a senior executive in the university sector and the Queensland Government Michele led successful partnerships and collaborative research programs with government agencies, philanthropic bodies and industry focusing on knowledge translation and exchange in the prevention of domestic violence, climate change, food security, health sciences and disaster management and resilience. 

Michele has extensive board experience and was a member of the Women’s Legal Service (Qld) Management Committee for 13 years. During this time Women’s Legal Service made important contributions to the safety of women and their children through reviews of the criminal justice system, family law reform, a relatively stable funding base for the provision of community legal services and support for an independent legal service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Michele played a pivotal advocacy role in this position.

Michele has a Masters of Social Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.