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New President for Neighbourhood Watch Australasia

The (Honorable) Patricia Leary has been elected to the position of President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA). Recently retired after some 28 years on the Bench, as a Member of what is now the Fair Work Commission, Patricia (Pat) said she was honoured to accept the appointment and was looking forward to continuing the good work of the organisation.

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA) is the largest Australasian community based crime prevention program of its kind. The organisation works across all Australian and New Zealand communities and policing jurisdictions, encouraging the pursuit of the NHWA vision of enabling safer, connected and inclusive communities by promoting crime prevention and community safety, quality of life and social inclusion.

Pat brings immense experience to this Federal Government funded not for profit organisation. For 12 years she held the appointment of President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. She has also been a Member, and President, of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal and Chair of the Australian Federal Police Board of Reference. For many years Pat was a presenter at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney.

Currently Pat continues in her roles as Chair of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal and Chair of the Tasmanian Police Review Board. She is also Chair of the Board of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Acting Chair Virtuosi Tasmania Inc, Chair of the Red Cross Tasmanian January 2013 Bushfire Distribution Committee, Chair of the Centenary of ANZAC Steering Committee and Tasmanian Secretary and Vice President of Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania Inc.

Pat is a member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, Australian Association of Women Judges, Australian Labour Law Association, Industrial Relations Society, (Tasmania and NSW); International Labour and Employment Relations Association, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Pat is committed to her belief that we all have a right to live in an community that is safe, happy and where people know one another. “That’s part of what makes me proud to be Australian” said Pat.

In her spare time Pat likes to read, find and French polish beautiful pieces of furniture, enjoy good music and spoil her much loved cats, Hilary and Osama.

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