Champion of families recognised with Outstanding Alumni Award

Published:09 October 2015

CQUniversity Outstanding Alumni Award winner for 2015 Brian Babington.

CQUniversity graduate Brian Babington has earned the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2015 after three decades striving for stronger communities and families in Australia and overseas.

Since 2005, Brian has been CEO of Families Australia, an independent national peak body that advises the Australian Government on ways to advance the well-being of families and children, especially the most vulnerable.

He is also the Coordinator of the Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s Children, which plays a leading role in advocating for and negotiating the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

Brian has at least 10 other active board, director and membership roles focused on communities, families and child welfare.

In a career spanning diplomatic/government, private and community sectors, Brian has:

- Represented the Australian Government at four UN General Assemblies on aid, humanitarian and environmental issues

- Managed Australia’s aid program in Burma

- Co-founded a social venture firm to encourage sustainable Australian corporate-community partnerships

- Held leadership positions in many international, national and local community development and allied professional organisations.

As a 2009 Churchill Fellow, Brian examined national public policy relating to child protection in the United Kingdom, Ireland, US and Canada.

He earned a Graduate Diploma of Management from CQUniversity in 1987 and has also gained awards from the University of Sydney (BA Hons in Government and Masters in Public Policy) and the University of Canberra (Grad Dip Community Counselling). He is working on a PhD in the area of Public Policy from the Australian National University.