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Toni is currently Executive Director at Anti-Poverty Week.  She is also available for consulting in non-profit management, policy, research, communications and advocacy. Previously she was leading Policy and Projects for the Australian Network on Disability.

Toni has advised governments, employers and non-profit organisations in Australia, Britain, the United States and Japan. She has broad and deep experience across a range of policy areas and is recognised as a leading expert in demand-led employment policies.  

Prior to joining AND in July 2015, Toni had undertaken a study of the Partnership Broker program delivered by The Smith Family in six locations across Australia. The program aims to increase young people's transition from school to education or work. Click here for a copy of that study.

Toni's recent speaking engagements include the Long Term Unemployment conference in August 2014, the ACOSS Conference in June 2014 and the Sydney conference "Partnerships for Employment Outcomes" on 26 February 2014. She spoke at the Sydney consultation for the review of Indigenous employment undertaken by Andrew Forrest on 21 November 2013.  Click here for a copy of her submission.  Toni was engaged by ACOSS, the Business Council of Australia and the ACTU to advise them on their Demand-led Roundtable held in December 2012.  Click here for a copy of her submission to the JSA 2015 Review of Employment Services, lodged 22 March 2013.


In 2013, Toni's worked on increasing employment for people with disabilities.  Watch Australian Story Monday 12 August ABC1 at 8pm for a personal insight. See 'In the Media' and 'Recent Work' for more.

 Toni was engaged by The Benevolent Society in 2011 to look at pathways to education and employment for their family clients. Click here for a copy of the published paper Our clients are your clients - bringing employment and child and family services together to tackle family joblessness.  She has also recently completed work for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on demand-led strategies for the Family Centred Employment Project (FCEP) project in Goodna, Queensland and Broadmeadows, Victoria.


Toni spoke at the 2011 ACOSS National Conference on Increasing workforce participation for low income and disadvantaged job seekers. Click here for a copy of the full paper.  Toni's book More Forces at Work for Jobs Australia was launched on 29 October 2010 at the JA National conference in Melbourne by the Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Kate Ellis MP. The book profiles 10 of Australia's leading nonprofit employment and training providers. It ties in nicely with the major submissions Toni wrote on behalf of ACOSS for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Not for Profit Sector. 


See Recent Work and Advice for more on Toni’s work and consulting offering and Experience for more on Toni’s work history. 


“Toni Wren has enormous and very valuable experience in the areas of employment policy in particular, and social policy, generally.  Her experience spans research, policy development, policy advice, advocacy and media.  She is highly skilled in all these areas – and good to work with towards a shared goal!”- Michael Raper, Director of Services and International Operations, Australian Red Cross and former ACOSS President


“I thank ACOSS for their thoughtful submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry - their recommendations have been largely taken up in our Draft Report." - Denis Trewin AO, Associate Commissioner, Productivity Commission, speaking at the ACOSS Future of the Sector Day, 12 November 2009.




NEWS: Toni's SMH Op Ed in Anti-Poverty Week 2019: Here's a $75 fix that would help solve Australia's poverty problem.


It's not right that more than 1 in 8 Australian's live in poverty.

Poverty exists.

Poverty hurts us all.

We can all do something about it.


Follow Toni on Twitter for links to new reports on poverty and important disability news.

See the Anti-Poverty Week website for more on key information, updated resources and plans for APW which will be from 11-17 October  in 2020.


The purpose of Anti-Poverty Week is to support the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action collectively to end it.





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