Introducing our CEO

Ara Cresswell

Chief Executive Officer


Ara has a lengthy history as an executive in the not-for-profit sector both at the state and territory, and national levels.

Ara believes that the community sector is at the heart of a vibrant democracy; it is in such a democracy that she believes that the values and aspirations of Australians are voiced, listened to, and acted upon. 

One in eight people in this country are carers and Ara believes that they should have their voices heard and considered across every aspect of public policy, government engagement and community service delivery.

Before joining Carers Australia in September2011,  Ara held senior positions at Reconciliation Australia, the ACT Council of Social Service, the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (now Homelessness Australia), and Toora Women Incorporated.

A current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Ara has served in a broad range of advisory groups in the sector including two terms as a Commissioner with the ACT Legal Aid Commission, as a member of the Gambling and Racing Commission Advisory Committee, member of the Australian Federal Police Consultative Board, member of the Australian Bankers Association Community consultative group, as an elected member of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Board, and as a member of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness. Ara currently sits on the Ageing Consultative Committee and its Carer Respite Working Group, the Ministers Dementia Advisory Group, and a range of committees and working groups whose mandate is to create an Australia that is good for all citizens.

Ara says that in our lifetimes each of us is likely to either be or need a carer, for some of us this will be multiple times, so taking care of carers is really about taking care of our families, our friends and ourselves.

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