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Dr Wilma Gallet

Sessional Lecturer

Masters Social Science (Policy and Human Services), RMIT University, 2009, PhD, University of Melbourne, 2016.

Wilma Gallet has a breadth of experience in senior management positions within the public and church community services sectors. She established The Salvation Army Employment Plus in 1998 and as the founding CEO, was responsible for creating and building this enterprise from a zero base to the largest community provider of employment services under the Government’s Job Network umbrella. She has worked with several major Church groups in social policy and program development including The Salvation Army, Anglicare, World Vision and Concern Australia. Her specific areas of expertise include suicide prevention, domestic violence, family services and human trafficking. She has undertaken several major research projects through the University of Melbourne and in her capacity as Director of the Christian Research Association. As a key policy influencer in the area of social reform and employment services Wilma has participated on a number of senior government committees, including the Welfare Reform Consultative Forum, the Centrelink Community Reference Group and the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD). She has a Masters of Social Science and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Wilma has a passion for social justice and a strong desire to see Christian Churches united in their response to injustice. She is currently involved in a major project funded by Anglican Deaconess Ministries which aims to assist churches in providing support to victims/survivors of domestic violence within the church.


Areas of expertise

  • Social Policy, Program research and development.
  • Policy and practice expertise: machinery of government, employment services, family services, domestic violence, suicide prevention, human trafficking.


Publications and presentations for the past 10 years only.

Peer Review Publications

  • “Positive engagement and pre-employment support for single parents: Building bridges across sector boundaries.” Australian Journal of Public Administration. (2018).
  • “Marketised employment services: The impact on Christian-based service providers and their clients.” International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 29, Issue 5 (2016): 426 - 440.
  • “The Promises and Pitfalls of Prime Provider Models in Service Delivery: The Next Phase of Reform in Australia?” Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74 no. 2 (2015): 239-248.

Other Publications

  • Paper ‘Confused Identity: What makes a faith-based organisation, faith-based’, Zadok Perspectives, Autumn 133 (2017).
  • ‘Domestic Violence and the Church Community’, Pointers, Volume 27 No.1, March 2017.
  • ‘Drawing Sustenance from a Strong Sense of Calling’, Pointers, Volume 27 No.2, June 2017.
  • ‘Practical Theology and Contemporary Social Issues’, Pointers, Volume 27 No.1, March 2017.
  • Book Report – Auburn Together for Hope: Community Based Approaches to suicide prevention, The Salvation Army (2016).
  • PhD Thesis –‘Christian Mission or an Unholy Alliance?: The changing role of church-related organisations in welfare-to-work service delivery – University of Melbourne (2016).
  • Paper ‘Market or Mission: The challenge of competing value systems’, Zadok Perspectives, Spring 132 (2016).
  • ’Social Connectedness: The role of the local church in building community’, Pointers, Volume 26 No. 4, December 2016.
  • Literature Review & Research Report – Prime Provider Model: A better opportunity for public service delivery, University of Melbourne and Brotherhood of St. Laurence (2014).
  • Research Report – Much to Offer: A mature aged job seekers’ perspective on the workforce, The Salvation Army (2011).
  • Book Report - Perceptions of Poverty: An Insight into the Nature and Impact of Poverty in Australia, The Salvation Army (2010).
  • Book Report Finding my Place: The Salvation Army’s response to youth homelessness, The Salvation Army (2008).

Book Chapters

  • ‘Markets, Mutual Obligation & Marginalisation: The Evolution of Employment Services in Australia’, in The Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired, eds Philip Toner & Damien Cahill, University of Sydney, Black Ink Publishers (2018).
  • ‘Issues in Market-Based Reform of Human Services: Lessons from Employment Services’, in Social Service Futures and the Productivity Commission, eds Paul Smyth, Eleanor, Malbon, Gemma Carey UNSW (2016).
  • ‘What do you do more?’ in Thought Matters 2013 ed. Gregory Morgan, The Salvation Army (2013).
  • ‘Integrity in expression’ in One Day, ed. James Knaggs, Salvo Publishing (2017).

Conference Papers and Presentations 2007-2018

  • ‘Theological Reflection on social service mission’, - Anglicare Chaplains Conference, Hobart (2018).
  • ‘Mission in Transition: Insights into the pneumatology of The Salvation Army’ – Harvest Conference, Melbourne (2017).
  • ‘We don’t do God: Christian-based social service provision and the risk of mission drift’ - Ridley College Faith and Work Award Keynote, Ridley College, Melbourne (2017).
  • ‘Secularisation, Welfare & Education: New Challenges facing church welfare agencies’, ZADOK Conference – 40th Anniversary, Yarraville (2016).
  • ‘Holistic Care: Salvation Army Theology’ – Catherine Booth College, University of Divinity, Melbourne (2015).
  • ‘Mediating structures or monitors of mandated activities: The changing nature of human services delivery in the 21st century’ - Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales (UNSW) (2015).
  • ‘Mission or Market’ - The Salvation Army Territorial Mission and Policy Council, Sydney (2015).
  • ‘Mission Compromise’ – ANZ Third Sector Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand (2014).
  • ‘Mission or money’ – The Salvation Army Social Services Conference, Melbourne Central Division (2014).
  • ‘Safe from The Start: the impact of domestic violence on Children’ - (over 100 presentations throughout Australia & New Zealand) (2014-2018).
  • ‘Whose Mission: The pervasive impact of the JSA contracting environment’ – Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference. University of Sydney (2014).
  • ‘Integrated Mission’, - DSPs Conference, The Salvation Army, Victoria (2012).
  • ‘Suicide prevention presentation’, - The Salvation Army National Social Services Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (2012).
  • Living Hope suicide postvention, International Association of Suicide Prevention Conference, Killarney, Ireland (2008).
  • ‘Hope for Life Suicide Prevention and Postvention’ (several presentations throughout Australia) (2007-2016).
  • ‘Stop the Traffik’, - World Vision Australia (several presentations) (2007).