Julia Zaetta

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Julia Zaetta
Born Julia Anita Zaetta
Mildura, Victoria
Residence Australia
Education Genazzano FCJ College
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Magazine Editor
Known for Better Homes and Gardens (non-consecutively 1985 – present)
Family Circle (1986–1990)
Women's Weekly (2005–06)
Numerous other magazines and books for Murdoch Magazines and Pacific Publications (2000–present)

Julia Anita Zaetta (/ˈzɛtə/; born) is an Australian journalist, and magazine editor. Currently Editor of Better Homes and Gardens,[1] "Australia's favourite homemaker magazine"[2] and Family Circle for Pacific Magazines and over the last 17 years, has been involved an exciting partnership with the top-ratied Better Homes and Gardens[3] show on Channel Seven.

Early Years[edit]

She was born in Mildura in country Victoria to Italian immigrant, Francesco "Frank" Zaetta, and the daughter of Italian immigrants, Doreen Civelli. Education was a very important part of life for the formally educated Frank and he moved his family to Melbourne so that his daughters, Louise and Julia, could have access to the standard of schooling that wasn't available in country Victoria at the time. Her sister, Louise Zaetta-Thomas,[4] became a copy writer and author, writing the controversial book on growing up Catholic, For Christ's Sake[5] and the novel Land of Gold and Silver, inspired by interest in her Italian forebears.


After attending Genazzano FCJ College [6] in Melbourne, Victoria, she studied at the University of Melbourne, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree. Whilst at university, she worked as a book editor for Hawthorn Press,[7] producing many books on a variety of subjects. Post-graduation, she studied at the Comitato Linguistico[8] in Perugia, Italy, the New York School of Interior Design,[9] and a summer school in English Literature at Oxford University.



Her magazine career began with Australian Home Journal[10] and a move from Melbourne to Sydney, where she has lived through her various magazine and television career developments. She has been editor of:


She has also been extensively involved in television as the host of the magazine spin-off Family Circle TV, a daily "live" daytime programme, and also as a regular panelist of the Seven Network's Sunrise, as one of Kochie's Angels.

Personal life[edit]

Julia lives in Manly, with her son, Gianni.


Under her editorship, Better Homes & Gardens has been named Australian Magazine of the Year on three occasions and runner-up on another:[17]

The Satchel Awards:

"Also big on personality is Julia Zaetta, editor of the top-selling Better Homes & Gardens, which turns in a positive report card to publisher Pacific Magazines every time the circulation and readership data rolls around. It is almost getting embarrassing."[22]


  1. ^ http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/
  2. ^ http://www.pacificmaglink.com.au/magazines.php?PageID=9
  3. ^ http://www.pacificmaglink.com.au/magazines.php?PageID=9
  4. ^ http://www.austlit.edu.au/run?ex=ShowAgent&agentId=A%235F
  5. ^ http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2951836
  6. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed (2006-11-17). "ZAETTA Julia". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content Pty Ltd
  7. ^ http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special/collections/australiana/hawthorn.html
  8. ^ http://www.comitatolinguistico.com/
  9. ^ http://www.nysid.edu/
  10. ^ http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1427091
  11. ^ http://pacificmagazines.com.au/Pages/Magazines/Magazine.aspx?mid=32075d1c-3915-455c-ab41-fd85f7645d02
  12. ^ http://pacificmagazines.com.au/Pages/Magazines/Magazine.aspx?mid=31895007-df82-4454-b940-41745a3a40ba
  13. ^ http://www.familycircle.com/recipes/
  14. ^ http://pacificmagazines.com.au/Pages/Magazines/Magazine.aspx?mid=1b8fa905-6c30-4868-8680-6684aab60064
  15. ^ http://www.acp.com.au/the_australian_womens_weekly.htm
  16. ^ http://www.acp.com.au/
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  19. ^ http://www.mediabiznet.com.au/news/home.do?newsId=2704
  20. ^ http://www.realview.com.au/news_story.aspx?story=Better%20Homes%20and%20Garden%20wins%20Magazine%20of%20the%20year
  21. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/aww-pips-better-homes-and-vogue-australia/story-e6frg996-1225948246943
  22. ^ http://girlwithasatchel.blogspot.com/2011/01/satchel-awards-2010.html