About Rebecca Vassarotti

Rebecca Vassarotti is an independent consultant who works with the local and national community sector. She sits as a community member of ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, working in areas including guardianship and energy and water. She is a board member of Community Housing Canberra, the Early Morning Centre, and the ACT Royal Life Saving (ACT) . She is co-chair of the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance and chair of the Gogetabout advisory board. 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. She is an active Greens member and in 2016 ran as an ACT Green's candidate in the seat of Kurrajong.

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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Vale Enrico Taglietti: Canberra thanks you
Opinion
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?
Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Community
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
Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Opinion
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...
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