Megan Brewer


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Megan brings more than 15 years expertise in public policy, spanning service and policy design, strategy, evaluation and outcomes.
Her work has spanned justice, child protection, mental health, Aboriginal affairs, public housing and planning. Maintaining a person-centred focus, she is driven to address issues affecting young people and people experiencing vulnerabilities. Megan brings strong interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to people experiencing vulnerability, multi-stakeholder consultations and advising leaders.

Influential work

  • Managed a large youth justice project with extensive data analytics and stakeholder engagement, working in partnership with police, courts, legal services, human services, education, health and data agencies to reduce young people’s contact with the justice system
  • Spearheaded reforms child protection system, resulting in strengthened services for vulnerable children and families through the implementation of an Aboriginal organisation’s capacity-building plan
  • Advised on housing reforms across jurisdictions, using quantitative modelling to prioritise access to social housing; and developed an innovative system to track housing supply
  • Led quantitative modelling and consultations to increase domestic family violence victim-survivors’ access to system-wide support
  • Led reviews of national and state-wide services that support children, and young people, including a major youth diversion initiative.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Megan was an Australian diplomat. She worked as a justice reform expert advising governments on improving justice sector coordination and people’s pathways through the justice sector. During a posting to Timor-Leste she worked with government, private sector and not-for-profit stakeholders to design, deliver and evaluate economic and social programs. These included work to strengthen civil society’s accountability, encouraging greater use of evidence in policymaking and fostering emerging leaders.

Megan ran Australia’s electoral observation missions to help the Timorese Electoral Commission deliver national elections. She has worked in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji and Nauru and at the World Bank in Washington, where she developed safeguards for its legal identity programming.

In her spare time...

Megan loves learning languages (she speaks French, Japanese and Tetun) and exploring new corners of the world. She also enjoys following politics and spending time with her two young girls.