Kate Sparshott

“Addressing social disadvantage and creating a more inclusive society is complex. What I love about working at SVA is the opportunity to collaborate with various sectors and communities, step back and look at the bigger picture, and develop evidence-informed, innovative solutions that deliver positive on-the-ground outcomes for our community.”

Kate is a Consultant at Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and has worked in a variety of policy, program, project management and legal roles across government and the not-for profit sector in Australia.

Most recently she worked for the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions leading the development of Victoria’s new Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025. Prior to this, she was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet in Aboriginal Affairs policy, where she led the housing, health, mental health and disability portfolios. She also led whole of government systems change projects to better enable Aboriginal self-determination – including governance, funding and data reform projects which involved strong engagement with government agencies, Aboriginal organisations and communities.

Prior to moving into policy, Kate gained invaluable on the ground experience in Aboriginal land rights and civil law, working in legal roles within Aboriginal organisations and community legal centres in Brisbane, far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Outside of work, she is passionate about volunteering – having recently been a career mentor with the Centre for Multicultural Youth.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Geography) and a Bachelor of Laws (UQ), a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (ANU), and is currently completing her MBA specialising in Social Impact at UNSW.