Kendra Cockburn

Kendra Cockburn

Senior Consultant

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Kendra has nine years of experience in public policy, with particular expertise in social and disability policy. She has worked in government at federal and state levels, and is skilled at operating in complex policy environments and working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders.

Influential work

  • Developed practice guidance for community services organisations on the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme in Victoria
  • Led a project on continuing care for people ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria
  • Co-developed a Quality and Safeguarding Framework for the NDIS
  • Undertook early policy development for the NDIS as part of a cross-government taskforce
  • Planned and supported the delivery of a national consultation with people with disability, families and carers on quality and safeguarding.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Kendra was a senior policy officer at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked on child safeguarding policy and human services system reform. Prior to that, she worked for the Australian Department of Social Services for seven years, where she contributed to the development and implementation of the NDIS. She also acted as senior policy adviser to the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers and interned at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Kendra holds a Master of European (politics and culture) from the University of Strasbourg and Uppsala University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University.

In her spare time...

Kendra loves travel, hiking, cycling and any outdoor adventures. She also enjoys exploring Melbourne’s cultural and culinary offerings.