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Maree Sirois has been the National Convenor of Defence Families of Australia since August 2017.

The driving force of DFA advocacy under Maree’s leadership is that families should thrive in this unique Defence life, not just survive.

Partner Employment continues to be a very important topic and in 2020 DFA has an additional position devoted to expanding our program. As a result of DFA advocacy, Defence is reviewing their program offering for partners in recognition that more can be done.

Also as a result of DFA advocacy driven by Maree, Defence has created a new Director of Family Research position, in recognition that more Australian research is required to understand our families in order to most effectively support them.

For the five years prior to being National Convenor Maree was DFA’s Policy Officer. In that time she wrote all of DFA’s advocacy papers on important issues for Defence families, as well as DFA’s Annual Year In Review.

Maree has lead research projects on issues such as partner employment and the policy that underpins ADF support to families. She has represented DFA on a variety of Defence working groups and committees.

In April 2014 Maree published a book of real stories about the modern-day Australian Defence family called Commanding the Home Front. In it she candidly shares about a challenging four-year period of her Navy family’s life, combined with her raw and honest interviews with 14 partners from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, two mothers of ADF members and two young adult children of members.

Maree’s passion for advocating for Defence families began when she lived in Canada in the late 1990s and sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Fleet Base Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre, based on the west coast on Vancouver Island. Maree has studied business and public relations, starting her professional working life as a public relations officer.

Contact Maree on convenor@dfa.org.au