Lisa Heap

I'm excited to lead strategies that make workers' lives better.

Lisa Heap

Lawyer, gender equality campaigner, leading thinker

About Me

Lisa is a labour and human rights activist with substantial experience advising workers, unions, community and private sector organisations on labour rights issues. She has particular expertise in the area of women’s policy and strategy, gendered violence at work and initiatives to achieve gender pay equity.

Lisa was appointed to the Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality in 2017.

In 2014 Lisa was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University in recognition of her substantial contribution in the areas of work and law.

Lisa established the Women’s Rights and Safety Unit at the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) and led ground-breaking campaigns such as WRAW Fest, WRAW Chats and Stop Gendered Violence at Work.

Lisa was previously the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) an independent tripartite organisation that promotes fair and decent workplace rights for all. She has been regularly engaged by the International Labour Organisation as a technical expert regarding the application of international labour standards in practice.

Lisa was the lead advocate for the Queensland Services Union’s landmark pay equity case for community sector workers (2008-2009). She currently advises New Zealand unions of strategies to achieve gender pay equality.

She is a member of Vic Health’s Leading Thinkers initiative.


Bachelor of Laws (Hons.)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts

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