Completed PhD

Dr Wilma Gallet

Dr Wilma Gallet
Dr Wilma Gallet

Dr Wilma Gallet has a breadth of experience in the employment services sector spanning over 25 years including management and policy and program development roles within the public sector and the community sector. She was responsible for the establishment of The Salvation Army Employment Plus and as the founding CEO built this enterprise from a zero base to the largest community provider of employment services under the Government’s Job Network umbrella. She has a keen interest in the evolution of employment services and in particular how these services interact with other social service sectors such as the Homelessness Service Sector the Youth and Family Services Sector, Mental Health Services and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service Sector to ensure that people with complex needs are effectively engaged and supported into meaningful and sustainable employment.

In 2010, she undertook a major project on behalf of the National Employment Services Australia (NESA) and Homelessness Australia focusing on developing strategies to assist Job Services Australia and Homelessness Providers to work more collaborative to provide integrated support services to homeless job seekers. In 2013, she was appointed to the Australian National Council on Drugs by the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and served a 2 year term.

Wilma completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis entitled Christian mission or an unholy alliance?: The changing role of church-related organisations in welfare-to-work service delivery focused on the impact of the contracting environment on the mission, identity and behaviour of church-related organisations delivering government funded welfare to work programs in Australia.

Wilma has a continuing interest in investigating the marketisation of welfare services and in particular the effect that the increasingly competitive environment has on the not-for-profit sector. She has authored various reports and journal articles and is currently engaged in a number of research projects specifically examining current issues that impact churches and their agencies. Wilma is currently acting as a Commissioner for the National Youth Commission into Youth Employment and Transitions, an independent inquiry examining challenges faced by young jobseekers.

Dr Sue Olney

Dr Sue Olney
Dr Sue Olney

Dr Sue Olney completed her PhD, False Economy: New Public Management and the welfare-to-work market in Australia, in 2016.

Sue is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group UNSW Canberra and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in state government, the not-for-profit sector and in graduate teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, and been part of numerous research teams, government inquiries, cross-government and cross-sector initiatives, committees and working groups examining governance, policy implementation and equity issues in employment, training and disability services in Australia. Sue is also co-director of the social policy discussion platform Power to Persuade and is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.