Virginia Haussegger AM is Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), and Chief Editor of BroadAgenda, Australia’s leading research based Gender Equality blog.

An award winning journalist and social commentator on women, power and leadership, Virginia’s views on gender, inclusion and diversity are widely published. Her extensive media career spans 30 years, in which she has reported around the globe for primetime current affair programs on Channel 7, the 9 Network, and ABC TV. She anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra from 2001-2016. Her book ‘Wonder Woman: the myth of ‘having it all’, was launched in a live broadcast at the National Press Club.


Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. Award winning jouChair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. Award winning journalist. ABC TV News Anchor 2001 – 2016. Passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equity & ACSS Mentor

As a passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, Virginia served six years on the board of UN Women Australia, where she hosted numerous International Women’s Day events. In 2017 she was commissioned by DFAT to facilitate the Australian and Philippine Governments co-hosted event ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment’ in Manila, at ASEAN 2017.

In 2014, Virginia was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for her “significant service to the community, particularly as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media”. Last year Virginia was named 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.

A leading communications strategist and gender equality advocate, Virginia has worked across Commonwealth departments on the design and delivery of bespoke masterclasses on strategic communication; media insights; presentation skills; and women’s leadership.

Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including: the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust; Our Watch, Media Advisory Committee; Women in Media, Canberra; and served for six years as a Board Director on the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation. She is founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, which she established in 2017 within the Faculty of Government, Business and Law, at the University of Canberra.