Deborah Kilroy


Deborah Kilroy OAM is a qualified social worker and one of Queensland’s leading criminal solicitors. She has integrated her lived experience of imprisonment and her academic studies in social work and law to become a leading advocate for social justice, with a strong focus on women experiencing poverty, violence, and addiction.

Ms Kilroy founded Sisters Inside, an award-winning advocacy organisation that has been fighting for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system for 30 years. In 2003 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the community for her work with women in prison and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2004.


Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award
Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award for commitment to social justice, and advocacy for Australian women and girls experiencing poverty, violence and addiction.
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Bachelor of Social Work