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QFCC welcomes new Principal Commissioner

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The Queensland Child and Family Commission (QFCC) has welcomed new Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon.

Ms Vardon started with the QFCC on 12 October and will soon meet​ with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the work of the QFCC and the value it provides to children and families.

Prior to joining the QFCC, Ms Vardon has had a distinguished career in government, community and business roles, including roles as Director-General of Education (Western Australia) and Chief Executive of the Department of Public and Consumer Affairs (South Australia).

As the Commissioner of Public Administration in the ACT she wrote the 2004 Territory as Parent Report which reviewed and recommended changes to the ACT's child protection system.

Roles at the Australasian Gaming Council, University of Melbourne and Mission Australia have added other dimensions to her extensive leadership experience in the public sector.

Ms Vardon said she was pleased to join an organisation that plays a key role in the reform of Queensland's child protection and family support system.

"Keeping children safe is a responsibility we all share and I'm looking forward to working with parents, families, communities, government and community support organisations to make Queensland a better place to raise a family," Ms Vardon said.

"The QFCC is in a unique position to work across the sector to ensure that the changes being made to the child protection system will deliver better outcomes for Queensland's most vulnerable children, young people and families.

"In all our work, children – and their families – are at the heart," she said.

Announcing the membership of the QFCC Advisory Council and hosting its first meeting is one of Ms Vardon's early priorities.

The Advisory Council, recommendation 6.3 of the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry Report, will provide guidance and insight to the Principal Commissioner on the QFCC's program of work.

"We have brought together a strong panel of experts in the fields of child protection and family support to join our first Advisory Council.

"I'm looking forward to their insights and leveraging their capacity to help us develop even more collaborative partnerships across the sector, so we can best deliver our reform work," Ms Vardon said.

The launch of the Advisory Council is planned for a special event on Tuesday 24 November 2015.