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Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ms Nixon was appointed in February 2009 to chair the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and tasked with the oversight and coordination of the largest recovery and rebuilding program Victoria has ever faced. Under Christine’s leadership, the Authority worked with communities, businesses, charities, local councils and other government departments to help people rebuild their lives and communities.
Since August 2010, Christine has moved into a role as the Victorian Government’s Advisor on Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery. In her role, Christine continues to support communities, to work with the bereaved community, and to remain a member of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund panel. Christine’s priority is to help communities recover and rebuild in a way that is safe, timely, efficient, and respectful of each community’s different needs.
She also lectures with the Australian New Zealand School of Government and serves as Patron, member or advisor to a number of organisations including Monash University Council, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, an Advisory Council member of the 100% Project, and a patron of Onside Soccer (Victorian Soccer Federation Incorporation), Operation Newstart Victoria, Phoenix Club Inc., and Onside Victoria, a not-for profit organisation that engages Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) young people by offering activities, employment and training designed to improve self esteem, develop leadership skills and increase community involvement. Christine was until recently a non-Executive Director of the Fosters Group Limited Board.
Prior to joining the Authority, Christine was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia; leading 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations. She oversaw an annual budget of $1.7 billion. Nixon was a police officer for over thirty years and prior to becoming Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police she had an extensive career in the New South Wales Police Force, attaining the Rank of Assistant Commissioner.
Christine Nixon’s performance as Chief Commissioner, in a sometimes controversial career where she challenged an institution to improve, is probably best assessed by a credible and academically rigorous study produced on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) by the Australian Productivity Commission - “…..overall high levels of community satisfaction and support for Victoria Police. Personally, Nixon enjoys very high levels of public support.”
Christine is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Police Management, The Australian Institute of Management and The Institute of Public Administration Australia. She is a regular contributor and presenter at a number of executive leadership forums including the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and Harvard University’s Policing Leadership Dialogue series.
Christine has recently launched her new book ‘Fair Cop’.