WEL congratulates long-time WEL member, WEL NSW Executive Member and past WEL NSW Convenor, Jozefa Sobski on receiving the honour of Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, awarded for significant service to women's rights and migrant advocacy, and to higher education and skills based training.


Executive Member, Women's Electoral Lobby, since 2006; New South Wales Convenor, 2013-2016 and 2006-2010. Board Chair, Jessie Street National Women's Library, since 2009; Board Member, since 2006. Board Member and Member of Management Committee, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, 10 years. Member, National Foundation for Australian Women, current. Foundation Member, Women in Education, 1974-1994. Member, Australian Women's Education Coalition, 1974-1994.


Board Chair, Community Languages Schools in New South Wales, since 2010. Founding Member, TAFE Community Alliance, since 2013. Chief Information Officer, Department of Health, New South Wales Government, 2001-2004. Deputy Director-General, TAFE Educational Services, Department of Education and Training, New South Wales Government, 1997-2001. Director, South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, 1992-1997. Former Member, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission; Former Member, TAFE Advisory Council; Former Member, Advanced Education Council. Former Chair and Member, National Vocational Education, Employment and Training Women's Taskforce. Principal, Meadowbank College of TAFE, late 1980s to 1991. Senior Executive, Department of Technical and Further Education, New South Wales Government, 1986 to late 1980s. Member, Working Party on Women's Education, Commonwealth Department of Education, 1986-1988. Policy Advisor, Non-Sexist Education, New South Wales Minister for Education, 1978-1984. Councillor, New South Wales Teachers Federation, 1970s-early 1980s.


Board Member, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 2001-2011. Deputy Chair, Board of Management, Greater Sydney Area Consultative Committee, 11 years. Member, Sydney Committee, Regional Development Australia, 6 years. Awards and recognition Recipient, Edna Ryan Award, 'for feminist contributions in the area of Education', 2016. Recipient, National Award, 'for leadership', AUSTAFE, 1997. Recipient, Public Sector Award, 'for equity' New South Wales Premier, 1997.

Amanda Keeling


Advocate, communicator, passionate re social justice, rights, civil liberties.