Lin Hatfield Dodds

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Lin Hatfield Dodds
Deputy Secretary for Social Policy, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Assumed office
National Director, UnitingCare Australia
In office
Preceded by Libby Davies
Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board
In office
Preceded by Patricia Faulkner AO
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 51)
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 policy expert and former Churchill Fellow, is the Deputy Secretary for Social Policy in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and former National Director of UnitingCare Australia and Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board.

Early life and background[edit]

Educated at Weetangera Primary School, Belconnen High School and Hawker College,[1][2] Hatfield Dodds became active in the Uniting Church in Australia as a teenager. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and has worked in the areas of drug rehabilitation, trauma, and abuse.

Social work[edit]

She has served on a number of Boards. Hatfield Dodds was a Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture from 2003-2016.[3] She was Board Chair at UnitingCare Kippax 2009-2016.[4] She was Chair of The Australia Institute from 2011- 2016.[5]

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.[6]

After working in government and the community sector, she was appointed National Director of UnitingCare Australia in 2002. UnitingCare Australia is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia. UnitingCare is one of the largest non-government providers of community services, with 1,600 community service delivery sites located across every State and Territory providing services to over 2 million people each year.[7]

From 2004 to 2008, Hatfield Dodds was a member of the ACT Community Inclusion Board, serving as Chair from 2006–2008.[8] 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.[9]

From 2012-13 she was 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.[10]

Hatfield Dodds has contributed to numerous government advisory bodies, including the Aged Care Sector Committee, the National Place Based Advisory Group[11] 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 has been active in public debate, a frequent media commentator and conference speaker 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.

Federal Government[edit]

In May 2016, Hatfield Dodds was announced as Deputy Secretary for Social Policy in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, by the Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson.[12]


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.[13]

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.[14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students, ACT Government, archived from the original on 20 September 2016 
  2. ^ Griffiths, John (6 November 2014). Archived from the original on 16 April 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture- Governance". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2009-10" (PDF). UnitingCare Kippax. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Organisational Structure". The Australia Institute. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Hatfield Dodds, Lin (June 2004). "Report by – Lin Hatfield Dodds – 2003 Churchill Fellow". Churchill Fellowship. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "About UnitingCare Australia". UnitingCare Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "ACT Community Inclusion Board 2004–2008" (PDF). Social Policy and Implementation Branch, Chief Minister's Department. 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Annual Report – 2009" (PDF). Australian Council of Social Services. 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Media Release – The Hon Mark Butler MP" (PDF). Australian Social Inclusion Board. 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "National Place Based Advisory Group". Australian Government Department of Social Inclusion. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Outrage over appointment of Lin Hatfield Dodds to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Chris Uhlmann, ABC News Online, 12 May 2016, accessed 21 October 2016
  13. ^ "Greens Name ACT Senate Candidate". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "UnitingCare National Director is ACT Australian of the Year". Journey Online. National Australia Day Council. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2007.