About Rebecca Vassarotti

Rebecca Vassarotti is an independent consultant who works in the not-for-profit community and health sectors. She is currently the acting Executive Director of the International Network on Hepatitis and Substance Users and serves as a community member of ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She is a board member of Community Housing Canberra, the Early Morning Centre and the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy. She is the chair of the Getaboutable advisory board. She was a founder and inaugural co-chair of the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance and continues as a member of its Executive. Until March 2017 she was on the Board of the Gambling and Racing Commission, where she advised on the issues of harm minimisation and problem gambling.

Rebecca is one of the ACT Green's candidates in the seat of Kurrajong for the 2020 Territory election.

Prior to establishing her own consultancy business, Rebecca worked as the Deputy CEO at Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), a role that came after a long association with the Council of Social Service movement, serving on the Boards of ACOSS and the ACT Council of Social Service. For 10 years Rebecca was Executive Director at the YWCA of Canberra.

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Holiday season a chance to connect with family and plan for elder care
Health & Wellbeing
The holiday season means many families come together and spend quality time together. The pace of our lives these days, and the fact that many families do not live close to each other, means that this time of year is an important chance for us to reconnect and check-in to see how people are travelling. It’s also a time of...
Vale Enrico Taglietti: Canberra thanks you
Canberra is a city with a strong sense of heritage. Most Canberrans know about the landscape and design principles of the Griffin Plan and have embraced the 'Bush Capital’ idea as an extension of 19th and 20th century ‘Garden city’ theories and philosophies. But with so much renewal going on, we can sometimes pass by places with significant heritage value sitting...
When will we recognise Australia’s frontier wars as part of our war history?
ANZAC Day is a solemn day for Australians. As the Nation’s capital, Canberra is an important stage to reflect on the impact of war on our country and commemorate the sacrifices of the Australian men and women who served in Wars across two centuries. We gather in our thousands before dawn on the lawns of the Australian War Memorial. We...
Disability abuse survivors deserve a Royal Commission that delivers
A few weeks ago, the Federal Government announced a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This is the latest in a series of Royal Commissions that have been announced in recent times. It follows a completed Royal Commission on institutional responses to sexual abuse and the practices of the banking industry, and the current...
International Women’s Day: time to involve men in the discussion
This Friday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. To mark the date, groups of women in all over the world will come together to celebrate the successes of women and reflect on what we need to make the world we live in a more equal one. International Women's Day is one of the days designated by the United Nations to raise awareness...
Pill testing must become routine in Canberra and across the country
It has been a horror summer on the music festival circuit. Six young people have lost their lives after taking illegal drugs at music festivals in NSW and Victoria. More remain desperately ill, with media reporting that at least 16 people that attended festivals last weekend have been hospitalised.  As most young people do, these youths did something risky. In...
Climate crisis demands strong political action
There is no denying it - its been hot. Canberra and the surrounding region joined many other Australian cities in sweltering through record-breaking temperatures. Throughout this month, we saw an unprecedented run of 40-degree-plus temperatures, and temperature ranges well above the norm. This put our health, our utilities, and other services under great stress. It also echoes what many scientists have...
2018: A tumultuous year for our female politicians
As the end of the year hurtles towards us, we start reflecting on the year that was. Its been an extraordinary year in politics. It’s hard not to think about how gender has shaped the political year. The year got off to a good start. In the ACT Parliament, it began with the historic milestone of all parties represented in...