Andrew McCallum is the Chief Executive Officer of ACWA. He has over 30 years experience in community services and has worked at CEO-level for more than 25 of these.
Andrew commenced his working life as a primary school teacher after completing a Diploma of Teaching at Ballarat Teachers’ College. Following a period of further study in the United Kingdom, he moved into the community services sector as an Education Officer/Supervisor of Residential Services at Orana Children’s Homes in Melbourne.
In 1981, Andrew was appointed inaugural Director of Wimmera Community Care, a Uniting Church agency based in Horsham. He continued in this role for five years, before taking up the role of CEO with St Luke’s Anglicare, a large community services organisation based in Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region. He was appointed to his current role as CEO of ACWA in June 2006.
Andrew’s commitment to social justice and sector development is demonstrated through his involvement with a number of state and national advocacy organisations. He has been President of the Children’s Welfare Association of Victoria (CWAV), Chairperson of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, President of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and President and Executive Member of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).
In January 2011 Andrew was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community in a range of leadership roles in the social justice sector, particularly supporting the welfare of children and their families children and young people at risk in the community.