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Awarded for Community Service, Education and Training and Human Rights
Born: 1 August 1972
Entered on roll: 2015
Roz Madsen is passionate about women’s rights, public education and training and improving the lives of Tasmanian working women.
After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1994, Roz started work at the Australian Education Union (AEU). She progressed through the ranks to become State Manager with oversight of 25 staff and the welfare and interests of 6 500 union members working in schools, colleges, TAFE campuses and other Department of Education sites across Tasmania.
In 2000, Roz was elected Vice President of Unions Tasmania and then President in 2010. In this role, Roz has been a driving force behind the establishment of the statewide Unions Tasmania Women’s Conference, which has become a regular part of professional development for women unionists. Roz has also been the Convenor of the Unions Tasmania Women’s Committee since 2007.
In 2007, Roz re-established the Anna Stewart Memorial Project, an annual mentoring and work experience program, aimed at increasing women’s active union involvement, their skills and knowledge. The project was established in recognition of Anna Stewart, a long time campaigner for women’s rights and prominent union official who died tragically in 1983. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) recognised the program in 2014 by awarding it the Jennie George Award for contributions to women’s advancement in unions.
Roz has been the AEU Tasmanian Branch Women’s Officer for over 10 years. She has driven reforms for women in Tasmanian industrial awards and is a member of the Federal AEU Women’s Committee and the ACTU Women’s Committee.
Roz’s key achievements in advancing social justice include improved maternity (parental) leave provisions and breastfeeding/expressing conditions for women in public sector awards and Family Violence Leave provisions in all public sector industrial awards. Roz has also encouraged high profile men to be involved in the White Ribbon Day Campaign, which breaks the silence against violence towards women.
Roz is a Board member of Tasplan Superfund and the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board.