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Barbara Baikie


Barbara has over 20 years experience working at all levels of government across three jurisdictions, including at the senior executive level. This includes areas such as juvenile justice, disabilities, child protection, organisational services, workforce planning, human resources, industrial relations, asset management and learning and development.

While with the Juvenile Justice Department in New South Wales, Barbara established the Young Offender Support Scheme (YOST) in Wagga Wagga, and managed a juvenilejJustice centre in the Riverina, leading major change reforms within the centre during that time. Barbara has also led change programs that achieved major structural and cultural change at local level, state level and national level, including heading up the Change unit of the Department Of Community Services (DoCS). She is also a talented workshop facilitator, trainer and coach, including executive coaching across many APS departments and private companies.

As an educator, Barbara lectured at Charles Sturt University for six years, and wrote and introduced a Juvenile Justice stream for the Bachelor of Social Sciences whilst there. Barbara has also co-authored and published two books, and is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University researching the long term impact of victims of sexual abuse who have appeared before the Royal commission into institutional response to sexual abuse.

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