Director, Visiting: Jonty Bush

Jonty Bush is the Director Visiting and is responsible for protecting the rights and interests of adults residing at ‘visitable sites’, and children and young people in the child protection system and those accommodated in disability services, Authorised Mental Health Services, Youth Detention Centres and 17 year olds in prison. As Director Visiting, Jonty leads and manages Queensland’s state-wide Community Visitor Program in which community visitors play a critical role in the identification and referral of formal complains to relevant agencies, ensuring great visibility and oversight.

Jonty has a comprehensive background in the progression of rights for vulnerable Queenslanders. In 2009 she was awarded Young Australian of the Year for her work as CEO for a state-wide non-government agency supporting victims of crime. This included her anti-violence education and advocacy including the development of the nationally recognised One Punch Can Kill campaign, and her role in elevating the voice of victims of crime in the criminal justice system.

Jonty has engaged with rural and remote communities across Australia and Papua New Guinea, focusing on advancing the rights of women and children. She has a Bachelor of Business (Sunshine Coast University) and Masters in Criminology (Griffith University).