Our Vision

A world where all children and their parents have opportunity supported by equity of access to what they need to lead healthy prosperous lives.


Who We Are

The Parenthood is a not for profit movement of Australian parents and carers working to gain positive policy changes through lobbying government and business. We represent thousands of mums, dads, grandparents and primary carers who want a voice in the issues that matter most to parents particularly relating to education, health and the support of good parenting.

The Parenthood is led by a core team of staff and supported by A diverse board with extensive experience in digital campaigning, strategic communications, movement building and the big issues facing today's children. They take responsibility for The Parenthood's long-term strategy and financial governance.



  • To actively engage and mobilise parents – to provide the opportunities to have a voice and to play a part in the public debates and decisions that influence policies (government and other) that affect the lives of parents and children.

  • To build a large movement of parents and primary carers who are advocates for issues related to children and families.

  • To be a lead voice on issues relevant to a majority of parents.


Values and ways of working

We hold the following values

  • Equity
  • Fairness
  • Integrity – encompassing accountability and transparency

The way we undertake all our work is

  • In the best interests of children and
  • inclusive of diversity



The Parenthood receives financial, in-kind and campaign support from the following organisations:


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Jo Briskey - Executive Director


Email: jo@theparenthood.org.au

Having trained as an Educational Developmental Psychologist and worked in implementing child and youth health and mental health government policy, Jo brings a wealth of experience to her role as Executive Director. Jo is also a relatively new mum of daughter Gwenevieve.


Pat McDermott - Digital and Membership


Email: pat@theparenthood.org.au

Pat has over 5 years experience in media and digital campaigning and organising. He is passionate about cultivating movements of activists and creating change in our communities using digital technologies. He has worked previously in the union movement and for government and is excited to utilise that knowledge and experience campaigning for better outcomes for kids and parents at The Parenthood.


Bridget Smith - Principal Campaigns & Media Manager


Email: bridget@theparenthood.org.au

Bridget has 15 years experience working as a journalist and producer for the ABC and commercial television in Australia and Canada. She is a mother of two young boys and is committed to bringing about change particularly for women in the workplace.