Louise Voigt

Honorary Associate

Dean's Advisory Board Member, Faculty of Education and Social Work


Phone: +61 2  9351

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Professional biography

Louise first qualified as a social worker in 1961 in the United Kingdom, with a Certificate in Social Work from Liverpool University. She later attended Manchester University where she acquired a Certificate in Psychiatric Social Work and in 1985 she received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Sydney.

Throughout Louise’s career she has pursued her interest in child and family work in a range of statutory and non-government organisations, both here and in the UK.  She was awarded the NSW Association of Social Workers Social Justice Award in 2000.

Louise has been CEO of Barnardos for the last 25 years.  This has been a time of significant growth, with Barnardos being actively involved not only in direct service delivery, but in the promotion of tools and programs which “work” for children and families.  She has overseen the development of case-management systems now used throughout Australia.  Barnardos has emphasised the importance of participation of service users, both adults and children.

Barnardos has shown a strong commitment to research and has been an industry partner in a range of Australian Research Grants in each of the last ten years, as well as being involved in other research and contributing to international studies.

Louise has a strong commitment to permanency and has developed a number of Children’s Family Centres with a range of programs to ensure children remain with their families.  Barnardos is known for stability of placement and adoption of children by their carers. They have a range of Out of Home Care programs and a history of research.

Professional and community roles

  • CEO, Barnardos