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Cassandra Goldie

Adjunct Professor and UNSW Law Advisory Council Member, UNSW Sydney

Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) since July 2010.

With public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in major national and international processes as well as in grassroots communities, including previously as Director of Sex and Age Discrimination with the Australian Human Rights Commission, Director and Principal Solicitor with the Darwin Community Legal Service and Senior Executive with Legal Aid in Western Australia.

Cassandra has a PhD from UNSW and a Masters of Law from University College London.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and as a member of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality and Law Advisory Committees.

Cassandra was recognised as one of the Inaugural Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2012 and selected as an AFR/BOSS True Leader in 2013. In 2014, she was voted one of the Impact 25 Most Influential People in the Social Economy and recognised by the AFR in 2015 on its Annual Overt Power List.


  • 2010–present
    Chief executive officer, Australian Council of Social Service