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Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT seeking Expressions of Interest for New Members of SHFPACT Council (Board)

Are you seeking an opportunity to help govern a local sexual and reproductive health and rights organisation? Then you need to get in touch with us!

What We’re Looking For
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is looking for enthusiastic, engaged individuals to join our governing Council. We seek candidates with a range of skills including: financial, legal, senior non-government, education, clinical, fundraising, and youth engagement or a background working with people who are socially disadvantaged. Most importantly, Council members need to share SHFPACT’s values, including honesty, commitment, diversity, social justice, and human rights, and care about promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in the ACT community.

 Council members are elected by the SHFPACT membership for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting (scheduled for date). If you are not currently a member of SHFPACT and are interested, you can also express interest now and be considered for appointment to a vacant position on the Council after the AGM.


A small, diverse organisation, SHFPACT has been offering its services to the ACT community for over 45 years. SHFPACT’s strategic vision is to consolidate and improve our position as a vibrant, effective and trusted organisation, leading responses that support sexual and reproductive health and rights. Services we provide include clinical sexual and reproductive health consultations, professional training for health professionals and community workers, community and schools education, health promotion activities, and information provision. We deliver high quality services that are tailored to individuals’ needs.

Current focal areas for SHFPACT include responding to emerging societal and government policy changes, in areas such as sexuality and ageing, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll-out. We’re also growing the SoSafe! Framework, our program that promotes social safety skills for people with intellectual disability, and working to diversify SHFPACT’s funding base. Clinical training, new contraceptive technologies, a menopause clinic and ongoing schools engagement are also key areas of our work. Important populations for SHFPACT are people that experience marginalisation in our community or who we know to have greater needs.

A rights-based framework underpins everything we do at SHFPACT. We believe sexual and reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state where people enjoy holistic physical, psychological and social well-being. Core to this are issues of personal identity and power. We provide non-discriminatory services, based on the principles of informed consent, privacy and freedom. We work to respect, protect and fulfill individuals’ rights to sexual and reproductive health.

About the Council

The SHFPACT Council meets one evening a month for two hours, at the SHFPACT office in Canberra’s Central Business District. Council’s Finance Committee meets once a month outside of the Council meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Council has a small number of ‘extraordinary’ meetings each year to discuss strategic items in detail. Overall, Council members need to be prepared to commit between three and five hours per month for meetings, preparation, and other engagements.

We’re a social bunch, and our meetings are convivial. We focus on the organisation’s big-picture issues, monitor risk and compliance, and bring our diverse experience and expertise to a common passion for sexual and reproductive health for the Canberra community and beyond.

Volunteering for the Council offers an opportunity to contribute to the governance of SHFPACT. Council members are supportive and committed to mutual professional development. SHFPACT Council members work within a policy governance framework and Code of Conduct for employees and volunteers.

SHFPACT Council and staff have some big issues to engage with over the coming years. We’re keen to bring on new Council members who can contribute their energy, skills, commitment and ideas to help us ensure SHFPACT continues to offer quality services to all those who need them in the ACT.

What Next?

If you are interested and/or would like more information it is important you have a look at –

If after looking at what we do, for whom, how and where on the site and reports, please email SHFPACT Council Vice-President Matthew with a cover letter detailing why you would like to be involved in governing SHFPACT, and what you would bring to the Council. Attach your current CV and all relevant or helpful references.

Please submit to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business Monday 16 October 2018.

Our process: Once we have all registrations of interest, a panel will review, shortlist and contact those who fit our current/anticipated requirements and arrange a time to meet with Executive Director, Tim Bavinton, and one or two current Council members.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Matthew Noonan


Tim Bavinton
Executive Director

For the SHFPACT Council (Board)
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT Inc


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