Megan Shipley

Megan Shipley


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Megan has extensive public policy and public inquiry expertise and is passionate about supporting our most vulnerable citizens, particularly children and families. She combines her strong research and analysis, stakeholder and communication skills to collaboratively develop and implement evidence-based policy and programs for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. Megan has expertise across a range of complex and sensitive issues including child sexual abuse, child protection, historical child welfare practices, intergenerational and place-based disadvantage, disability, and Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Influential work

  • Led the writing and development of policy recommendations for two volumes of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Provided trauma-informed services to people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by designing, implementing, and managing a national community-based support program
  • Created a national, evidence-based service for people affected by past forced adoption in collaboration with people affected by those practices, research experts and sector leaders
  • Provided Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants who grew up in institutional care in the 20th century with therapeutic support, records tracing, and support services as Program Manager of the national Find and Connect service
  • Led delivery of the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Outside of Nous

Prior to Nous, Megan held a range of policy and program human services roles in the Australian Government. She is particularly proud of her end-to-end experience with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which included incorporating survivors’ voice in the Commission’s terms of references via public consultation, delivering a national program of support services for victims and survivors and leading drafting on key volumes of the Commission’s final report.

Megan is currently a lay member of the Relationships NSW Human Research Ethics Committee. She is a volunteer ethics teacher with Primary Ethics, a Board Member of Jannawi Connections, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Psychology (Honours) from the University of Canberra.

In her spare time...

Megan enjoys summer; baking; dance and theatre (especially musical theatre); spending time with her family, including bowling cricket balls; and reading Harry Potter aloud to her young twin boys.