Keynote Speakers

As keynote speakers are confirmed their details will be added below. We encourage you to check back regularly for updates. 

Professor Thalia Anthony

Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Thalia Anthony is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney on unceded Gadigal land. Her research examines the legacy of colonisation and systemic racism in legal institutions. Thalia's current projects concern the imprisonment of First Nations women, the criminalisation of homeless people and the role of Aboriginal re-storying in sentencing.  Her books include Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment and Decolonising Criminology. Thalia works closely with First Nations organisations such as Deadly Connections, Aboriginal legal services and Tangentyere Council.

Steven Caruana

Coordinator, Australia OPCAT Network

Steven Caruana is a human rights advocate, policy and detention monitoring specialist. He is the Coordinator of the Australia OPCAT Network, a coalition of non-government organisations, academics, statutory officer holders and oversight bodies interested in preventive human rights monitoring under the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.


Steven is also a Policy Assistant Director with the Disability Royal Commission, an advisory board member for Deadly Connections, the Australian Ambassador for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative and the co-editor of the External Prison Oversight and Human Rights Network newsletter for the International Corrections and Prisons Association.


Steven is additionally involved in monitoring designated mental health units in New South Wales as an Official Visitor. His prior inspection experience includes aged care facilities, immigration detention and correctional facilities in Western Australia

Associate Professor Penny Abbott

Associate Professor, Department of General Practice, Western Sydney University

Penny Abbott is a general practitioner who has undertaken clinical work, teaching and research with the goal of improving healthcare for people involved with the criminal justice system for many years. These roles include undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and educational and health services research at Western Sydney University, a visiting medical officer in the women's prison system in NSW, and Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Custodial Health Network.

Dr Mindy Sotiri

Executive Director, Justice Reform Initiative

Dr Mindy Sotiri has spent more than 25 years working in criminal justice system settings as a community sector practitioner, advocate, social worker, researcher, academic and activist. She received a Churchill Fellowship in 2015 to investigate good practice in post-release community settings, and has written extensively about disrupting cycles of criminal justice system involvement and the systemic change needed to reduce the numbers of people in prison. Mindy is the Executive Director of the Justice Reform Initiative, a new national advocacy body working to end over-incarceration across Australia. Prior to her work at the Justice Reform Initiative, Mindy oversaw advocacy, policy and research at the Community Restorative Centre, a service supporting people leaving prisons and their families.

Dr Michael Levy AM

Public Health Physician

Michael is a public health physician, in the twilight of a self-declared brilliant career. He currently works in a Canberra-based drug and alcohol service. He brings to that work substantial experience in infectious diseases epidemiology, clinical medicine and the criminal justice systems. In 2014 he was awarded an "AM" inrecognition of his services to medical education. Until recently he held an appointment at the Australian National University, and was a Board member of the Sydney-based NGO, the Community Restorative Centre.


In April 2019 he walked out of prison for the last time, after 24 years service.

Teddy Cook

Acting Director, Community Health, ACON

Teddy Cook (he/him) has over 15 years of experience in community health and non-government sectors. Joining ACON in 2012, Teddy is currently acting as Director, Community Health where he oversees client services, LGBTQ community health programs, Pride Training and Trans Health Equity. Teddy specialises in community development, health promotion and program delivery, and is architect of TransHub. He is the Vice President of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health and is Adjunct Lecturer at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. Teddy joins ACON’s senior leadership team as a proud man of trans experience.

Keith Quayle

Organiser, NSW Community Advocates for People in Prisons

Keith Quayle is a Malyangapa/Barkindji gay man raised on Dharug country. He is currently on bail conditions, supervised by NSW Police until further notice. He is the founder of NSW Community Advocates for People in Prisons and is currently on the Trans and Gender Diverse Criminal Justice System Advisory Council and the Legal Aid Prisoner Interagency Advocacy sub-committee. He is a member of various grassroots collectives, SWOP and is a First Nations Advisor for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Kaz Zinnetti

Chair, NSW Trans and Gender Diverse Criminal Justice System Advisory Council / Women’s Justice Network

Kaz Zinnetti is a criminologist, specialist case worker, casual forensic crime scene cleaner, and an advocate for trans and gender diverse people. Her focus is those who are at risk of engagement or currently engaged with the criminal justice system. A proud transsexual woman, Kaz established a trans and gender diverse mentoring program with the Women’s Justice Network and founded, and currently chairs, the NSW Trans and Gender Diverse Criminal Justice System Advisory Council. She is also a member of Sydney University Matilda Centre Crime Research Group, where she shares her knowledge and experience of mental health issues, domestic violence and drug and alcohol addiction. Kaz is currently completing her Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Shane Rattenbury

ACT Attorney-General, ACT Government

Shane Rattenbury MLA is the leader of the ACT Greens and a Member for Kurrajong. He is currently Attorney-General, Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Minister for Gaming, and Minister for Consumer Affairs. Shane was elected in 2008, and became the first Green Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, and the first in any Parliament in the world representing a Green political party. Since 2012 Shane has held a number of Ministerial portfolios, including Corrections, Justice Health, Mental Health, and Justice, and he has led a Justice Reinvestment agenda through multiple Assembly terms. Prior to entering politics, Shane worked for Greenpeace International at their headquarters in Amsterdam as the global Head of Oceans Campaigning.