Rhonda Sharp is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. She was formerly a Research Chair and Professor of Economics at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. Her work on gender, and government policies and budgets began in the mid 1980s when she developed the framework for Australia’s first state government level ‘gender -responsive budget’ initiative in South Australia. Over the past 25 years she has furthered her work of integrating a gender perspective into economic and social policies through research and writing and working with governments, NGOS and international organizations. She served as a member of the UN Expert Group, Financing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and co-author of its report. She is a member of the gender panel of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and has held board appointments on state government authorities in areas of transport, superannuation and social justice. In 2003, Professor Sharp was awarded the Centenary Federation Medal by the Australian Government for services to education and society.