Lin Hatfield Dodds

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Lin Hatfield Dodds
Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board
Assumed office
Preceded by Patricia Faulkner AO
National Director, UnitingCare Australia
Assumed office
President of the Australian Council of Social Service
In office
Preceded by Andrew McCallum
Succeeded by Simon Schrapel
Australian of the Year (ACT)
In office
Preceded by Michael Milton
Succeeded by Mick Dodson
Personal details
Born (1965-06-11) 11 June 1965 (age 50)
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Dr Steve Hatfield Dodds
Alma mater University of Canberra
Religion Uniting Church in Australia

Lin Hatfield Dodds (born Linda Hatfield), Australian social activist and former Churchill Fellow, is National Director of UnitingCare Australia and Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board.

Early life and background[edit]

Hatfield Dodds became active in the Uniting Church in Australia as a teenager. She completed an Honours Degree in psychology working in the areas of drug rehabilitation, trauma, and abuse.

Social work[edit]

She has been a Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture since 2003.[1] She has been Board Chair at UnitingCare Kippax since 2009.[2] She has been Chair of The Australia Institute since 2011.[3]

In 2004, Hatfield Dodds was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to examine the design and implementation of holistic poverty reduction strategies that address the underlying causes of social disadvantage.[4]

After working in government and the community sector as a social worker, she was appointed National Director of UnitingCare Australia in 2002. UnitingCare Australia is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia. It is one of the largest non-government providers of community services, with around 1,300 community service delivery sites located across every State and Territory providing services to over 2 million people each year.[5]

UnitingCare Australia employs 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers nationally and provides services to children, young people and families, people with disabilities, and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities.

From 2004 to 2008, Hatfield Dodds was a member of the ACT Community Inclusion Board, serving as Chair from 2006–2008.[6] From 2005 to 2009 she was President of the Australian Council of Social Service, the peak advocacy body representing people affected by poverty and inequality.[7]

In August 2012 she was appointed Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, the main advisory body to Government on ways to achieve better outcomes for the most disadvantaged people in our community.[8]

Hatfield Dodds has contributed to numerous government advisory bodies, including the current National Place Based Advisory Group[9] and the National Youth Advisory and Consultative Forum which advised the then Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

She was a participant in the Prime Minister's Economic Forum (2012), the Australian Government Tax Forum (2011) and the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit (2007). She was a member of the national Community Response Task Force advising the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs during the global financial crisis.

Hatfield Dodds is active in public debate across the spectrum of social and economic issues relating to children, young people and families; older Australians and reform of the not for profit sector. She has served on a wide range of boards and government advisory bodies, and is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker.


At the 2010 Federal Election, Hatfield Dodds was a candidate for political office for the Australian Senate in the Australian Capital Territory for the Australian Greens. She was defeated by long-serving Liberal Senator Gary Humphries.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

Hatfield Dodds has received a number of awards in recognition of her contribution to social and economic policy, including an International Women's Day Award in 2002 and an ACT Australian of the Year award in 2008.[11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture- Governance". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2009-10" (PDF). UnitingCare Kippax. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Organisational Structure". The Australia Institute. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Hatfield Dodds, Lin (June 2004). "Report by – Lin Hatfield Dodds – 2003 Churchill Fellow". Churchill Fellowship. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Retrieved 15 August 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "About UnitingCare Australia". UnitingCare Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "ACT Community Inclusion Board 2004–2008" (PDF). Social Policy and Implementation Branch, Chief Minister's Department. 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Annual Report – 2009" (PDF). Australian Council of Social Services. 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Media Release – The Hon Mark Butler MP" (PDF). Australian Social Inclusion Board. 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "National Place Based Advisory Group". Australian Government Department of Social Inclusion. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Greens Name ACT Senate Candidate". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 15 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "UnitingCare National Director is ACT Australian of the Year". Journey Online. National Australia Day Council. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2007.