about allison henry
Allison Henry has extensive political, policy, advocacy and campaigning experience.
Since 2011, Allison has consulted to a broad range of non-government organisations on research, policy development, submission and report writing projects, as well as providing strategic advice on advocacy campaigns and stakeholder engagement.
Allison has also pioneered 'Navigating Government' workshops – explaining the people and processes behind Government decision making and building the capacity of organisations (both board members and staff) to work more effectively with Government.
Allison is currently leading the impact campaign for The Hunting Ground Australia Project, using the acclaimed US documentary as a tool to engage Australian universities, and the broader community, in a collaborative campaign around the incidence of, and responses to, sexual violence on Australian university campuses. She is also Impact Producer on Constance on the Edge, a new Australian documentary portraying a Sudanese refugee family’s resettlement in regional Australia.
Between 2006 and 2011, Allison served as a political advisor in the Federal Parliament, as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister and advisor to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Shadow Attorney-General and the Shadow Minister for Health. In these roles Allison worked across a broad range of policy areas including women and men’s health, dental health, immigration detention policy, asylum seeker processing and welfare, emergency management response, constitutional reform and human rights.
Allison is highly skilled in policy development and advocacy from the non-government perspective, having served as the National Director of the Australian Republican Movement for three years, between 2003 and 2006.
Allison has also worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Review Tribunal.
Allison is a Board Member of the Australian Republican Movement, advocating for an Australian Head of State, and Fair Agenda, an independent community advocacy organisation working to bring about a fair and equal future for women. She has undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law, and Masters degrees in International Studies and International Law. Allison is a graduate of the Sydney Leadership Program, a past Leadership Awardee of the Australian Davos Connection Forum and in 2006 was selected as one of 90 future leaders to participate in the Australian Future Directions Forum.