Julia Davison


Julia Davison
CEW Member

Goodstart Early Learning

Julia Davison BSc (Hons), MPA

Julia Davison is CEO of Goodstart Early Learning, Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care, with 641 centres across Australia caring for 73,000 children from 61,000 families. Goodstart employs over 13,000 staff and has an annual turnover of around $800 million. Goodstart was created by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading charities – Mission Australia, Social Ventures Australia, The Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Benevolent Society – who saw the potential to operate the failed ABC Learning Centres to transform Australia. Goodstart’s vision is for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life. As one of the biggest social enterprises in Australia, Goodstart works to create social change by giving children access to affordable, high–quality early learning.

Julia has had extensive senior management experience in the human services sector in Australia and the UK. Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide. From 2004 to 2010 Julia was CEO of WorkCover SA a statutory authority which manages the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme, extending protection to 430,000 employees in SA.

Julia is a Director of Territory Insurance Office in NT and a former Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit working to solve women’s homelessness in SA with sustainable long term solutions.

Julia has a strong interest in public policy having completed a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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