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Awarded for service to government
Born: 24 June 1952 - Eshowe, South Africa
Entered on roll: 2017
“Deeply committed to fairness, justice and public policy”
Liz Gillam is a quiet achiever, an early pioneer on women’s policy in Tasmania and a strong contributor on social justice issues.
Liz was educated at St Michael’s Collegiate in Hobart where she was Head Prefect, and studied Law at the University of Tasmania in 1970-1973. Liz later donated funds and time to the Collegiate community as Board Member, Chair of the Board, Foundation Trustee and Co-President of the Collegiate Old Girls’ Association.
Liz served the State of Tasmania for over 40 years, primarily through her work with State and Local Government. Her roles included Deputy Director of the Office of Status of Women, Deputy Director of Local Government Division, Private Secretary and Senior Private Secretary to Government Ministers and Policy Manager at the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
This period covered significant policy development work relating to the status of women and major reforms in Local Government, including the reduction of the number of councils from 46 to 29, and comprehensive changes to the Local Government Act.
Liz was an inaugural member of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission and recently completed a seven-year term as Chair.
Liz was appointed an inaugural, and the only female, member of the Integrity Commission and continues to work to improve the conduct, propriety and ethics in public authorities.
Liz’s interest in Local Government continues as a member of the Local Government Board.
As a Director of the Public Trustee, Liz works with the Board to provide quality, independent trustee services to the Tasmanian community and ensure that the business and affairs of the Public Trustee are conducted in accordance with sound commercial practice and statutory obligations.
In 2015, Liz became a member of the Board of the Hobart Women’s Shelter, which provides accommodation and other services for homeless women and children, and those escaping family violence.