Women's Safety Commissioner

The Women's Safety Commissioner acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pays respects to Elders past and present.

The inaugural Women's Safety Commissioner for New South Wales (NSW) is Dr Hannah Tonkin.

The NSW Women's Safety Commissioner:

  • provides leadership and oversight of whole of NSW government policy and programs on domestic, family and sexual violence
  • provides advice and support on cross-sector and whole of government women’s safety policy development and law reform.

The Commissioner is committed to determining priority areas in consultation with victim survivors, the women's safety sector and NSW Government. The Commissioner's priorities will be released following consultation.


Prior to commencing as the NSW Women's Safety Commissioner, Dr Tonkin was a barrister at Hanson Chambers in Adelaide and Garden Court Chambers in London. She previously worked as an international human rights lawyer at the United Nations and as Director of Disability Rights at the Australian Human Rights Commission. She was also a lecturer in international law at the University of Oxford and University of Adelaide, and Co-Chair of the Women and Girls Rights Subcommittee of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Dr Tonkin holds a master's degree and PhD in international law from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Honours Degrees in Law and Science from the University of Adelaide.

Media enquiries

All media enquiries can be directed to:

Phone: (02) 9716 2804

Email: media.unit@facs.nsw.gov.au


If in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) 

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and you would like safe, professional help and support contact: 

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.

NSW Domestic Violence Line – 1800 65 64 63
Counselling and referrals for women experiencing domestic and family violence. Interpreters are available.

1800RESPECT on 1800 73 77 32
Support to people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse

For additional support contacts, including specialised services please see the Domestic, family and sexual violence support contacts page.

Head shot of Dr Hannah Tonkin
Dr Hannah Tonkin, Women's Safety Commissioner
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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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