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Mat Tinkler


Mat Tinkler is Director Policy and Public Affairs and International Programs at Save the Children. He has the dual responsibility for delivering International Programs, primarily focused on the Asia-Pacific region, along with ensuring that Save the Children is a strong voice for vulnerable children with government policy makers, in the media and the Australian community. 

In the region, priority areas include education, health and nutrition, child protection and humanitarian response. Domestically, key areas are juvenile justice, early childhood education – particularly in indigenous communities – and asylum seekers and refugees, which is informed by our work on Nauru. Our Public Affairs department includes advocacy and campaigns, media, communications, and government relations.

Previously, Mat has worked as a Chief of Staff to a senior Cabinet Minister with the Federal Government, overseeing a diverse range of portfolios covering taxation law; superannuation and financial services regulation; consumer credit; charity and not-for-profit regulation; insurance reforms; workplace relations and disability reform. Prior to his role at Save the Children he was acting executive director for the Public Law Clearing House, an organisation that focuses on providing legal services to the most disadvantaged Australians.

Mat began his career as a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison.

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