LAWYER, FACILITATOr AND DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SPECIALIST
Zione is a global citizen having attended schools in England, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Russia, Japan and Australia. She started her career in intellectual property law and after a brief stint in documentary filmmaking, she reconfigured her experience in law and storytelling to work as a social justice lawyer; working for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid and Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
A lawyer for about sixteen years, she has worked mainly in the areas of family law, child protection, family violence and human rights.
Zione has extensive experience as a law reform and policy lawyer, having sat on the key state government family violence reference and advisory committees during periods of significant legal reforms in Victoria. She was the national co-convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia and the Victorian co-convenor of Violence Against Women and Children Working Group (VAWAC).
Zione is a trained adult educator with extensive program design and delivery experience. As part of a significant cultural change process, she used her education and facilitation background to develop the first ever train the trainer human rights package by police for police.
Some professional highlights include:
• Developed the first whole sector specialist family violence lawyer/mentor training program for community lawyers; using a systems approach including the Magistrate Court, Police, Barristers and diverse client groups.
• Co-developed the first whole of organisation human rights train the trainer program with supporting policies, resources, guidelines and tools delivered by police for police.
• Presenter at Melbourne University, Victoria University, RMIT and La Trobe University, Leadership Victoria on family violence, social justice and female leadership.
• Delivering the Healthy Relationships In a New Culture program (HRINC) creating family violence ambassadors for new and emerging communities focusing on the child protection, family violence and family law systems.