Pru Goward became federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner for a five year period in July 2001. Following the introduction of the Age Discrimination Act in 2004, Ms Goward was also appointed Commissioner Responsible for Age Discrimination. In this role the Commissioner undertakes educational activities to promote the law which aims to reduce barriers faced by younger and mature age people in public areas of life.
Commissioner Goward is an economist by training and a broadcaster by practice. She spent 19 years with ABC TV and Radio as a current affairs journalist and later as a political reporter and commentator. She also wrote extensively for newspapers and magazines during that time.
Commissioner Goward has also been a high school teacher, a university tutor in Economics, a Broadcast Journalism lecturer at Canberra University, a media consultant and freelance writer. In 1997 she became Executive Director of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving a number of ministers as well as the Prime Minister. During that time the Office became responsible for a $50 million Domestic Violence Prevention Programme and advised the Government on the fairer division of superannuation assets for divorcing couples.
Commissioner Goward was also Government Spokesperson during the Sydney Games and was responsible for developing Olympic and Paralympic media strategies for all Commonwealth agencies.
Commissioner Goward is also the author of A Business of Your Own, a study of success strategies for women in business, and, together with her husband David Barnett, authored a biography of the Prime Minister, John Howard. She is patron of a number of charities and a board member of Anglicare, Canberra and Goulburn. Commissioner Goward is also Chair of the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula and Chair of the Council of Australian Arab Relations.
In 2004 she was nominated by The Australian as one of the most forty influential Australians and by the Australian Financial Review as one of the country’s top cultural and industrial relations influencers. Her speeches have been reproduced in published collections and in 2001 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to journalism and women’s rights.
Client Comments for Pru Goward
Pru Goward travels from New South Wales Australia
- Pru held our audience captivated. Of all the speakers that we have had speaking to our management team, Pru generated the most discussion; in the number of questions asked after the session ended, during lunch and "around the water cooler".
Pru is eloquent and has a dazzling intellect.
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited
- My client, by superiors and myself all thought Pru was great - she was a good sport, funny, informative and entertaining.
Royce Communications, Women In Business Forum
- Pru was excellent and she received fabulous feedback from our delegates.
Institute of Public Administrators Australia
- Pru is wonderful. Her participation in our Women's Conference was excellent. She is a very well spoken person with such intellectual capability - this really helped our conference objective and made the session she participated in one of the best during the event. She was extremely professional and very entertaining.
- Pru was Excellent and she received fabulous feedback from delegates.
Institute of Public Administrators Australia
- We would like to thank you for a wonderful presentation at our inaugural luncheon. Your speech was very informative and amusing. I think you also inspired many of us and have made us even more determined to pursue gender related issues that we see as a big factor in Women choosing cardiology as a speciality.
A/Prof Gishel New, Director of Cardiology, BoxHill
- Thank you - she was a fantastic speaker! We are thrilled with the outcome!
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Pru Goward is an excellent speaker , who challenges an audience's thinking. Her speaking voice is one that could be listened to for hours. She can field questions brillantly in Q&A and give very articulate responses on a number of different levels. Some participants gave her presentation a mixed review as they thought she veered off the topic. However, permission had been sought to discuss her current project. On the whole her presentation.
Kariong Public School
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- he History of Government and the Role of Human Rights
- How to Pick the Fake in Politics
- Leadership- what’s hot and what’s not.
- Lobbying for a Good Cause
- The Media and Politics
- The Story of Work /Life Balance
- Women - Taking the Future into Your Own Hands