Hetty Johnston AM – Safeguarding Practice Expert Lead
Hetty Johnston AM, GAICD, founded the Braveheart’s Foundation Ltd in 1996 and remains Australia’s leading child protection advocate. Braveheart’s mission to reduce child sexual assault and exploitation in our society, and vision to make Australia the Safest Place in the World to Raise a Child remains a number one priority.
A born lobbyist, Hetty is a woman of passion and determination who has succeeded in highlighting the crime of paedophilia and child sexual assault within the media, families, schools and the general community, both nationally and internationally.
Hetty has spent almost 30 years being a voice for our community. She has succeeded in drawing attention to, and inspiring positive change on, key issues including the environment, criminal justice, education, health, small business and child safety. In 2014, Hetty was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work.
Hetty is also a much sought-after speaker at Local, State, Federal and International levels and has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to child protection with numerous awards and nominations throughout her career. Hetty works with government and non-government agencies on legislative reform, submissions, lobbying and research to improve child protection and political accountability in Australia.