FamilyVoice Australia is a Christian voice promoting true family values for the benefit of all Australians. Our vision is to see strong families at the heart of a healthy society: where marriage is honoured, human life is respected, families can flourish, Australia’s Christian heritage is valued and fundamental freedoms are enjoyed.
Charles Newington - National Director
Charles Newington, B.D (Hons) is the National Director of FamilyVoice Australia. Charles has been an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches for 34 years. During this time he has been engaged in training the next generation of leaders, starting new congregations and working in mission and community development in Asia.
In recent years, he has been privileged to work with a community of slum dwellers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia who were relocated to a regional area with no resources. His team worked with a Cambodian NGO to assist in settlement – clean water, wells, health care, building an access road and agricultural training and supply of resources.
He came to this role at FamilyVoice after ten years on the Queensland State Advisory Board and a few years on the Governing Board where he still serves as the Executive Chairman.
Charles has a strong commitment to family life, to the Christian responsibility for positive influence in society and to support government in providing the opportunity for a nation to thrive in a climate of freedom, justice and equity.
David d'Lima - South Australia Director / National Secretary
David d’Lima, BTh, Dip Ed, JP, serves as State Director of FamilyVoice in South Australia. He has worked extensively with young offenders, taught in Primary School and continues to teach on Civics and Citizenship.
He has considerable experience in public speaking in churches and other groups on the theme of how Christians engage with their local communities in positive and beneficial ways. David is also the National Secretary of FamilyVoice Australia.
Darryl Budge - Western Australia Director / Communications Officer
Darryl Budge (B.A. Justice Studies) serves as the State Director of FamilyVoice in Western Australia. He has written in Christian media for 14 years, helping God’s church reach out through real life stories. He has long experience speaking about the love and truth of Jesus through our human pains and struggles, which was made more vivid through his recent battle with cancer. He also leads the Communications Team developing publications and responses to issues that arise in the nation.
Matt Gadsden - National Office Manager
Matt is the National Office Manager of FamilyVoice Australia. He has worked in an accounting firm before commencing a Bachelor of Accounting. He is passionate about supporting the natural family of husband, wife and children.
Ben Stefanoff - Project Officer
Ben is the Project Officer of FamilyVoice Australia. He is responsible for maintaining organisational policy and procedures, and carries out several important administrative duties.
Hannah Lee - National Office Secretary / PA to National Director
Hannah is the National Office Secretary of FamilyVoice Australia and Personal Assistant to the National Director. She answers FamilyVoice Australia enquiries by phone, fax and email. She also assists with a variety of other office tasks, including coordination of monthly mailings.
Caleb Stephen - Digital Platforms & Communications Assistant
Caleb is involved in managing various aspects of digital and print communications and provides day-to-day support for various areas of FamilyVoice's critical internet infrastructure. He has a broad skillset with a background in Christian multimedia and investigative journalism and is a qualified Trainer & Assessor. He is a former columnist who was widely published in international news outlets such as WND, Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The Huffington Post and The Spectator. Outside of FamilyVoice, he is passionately involved in the emergency services sector.
Jerome Appleby - Policy & Research Officer
Jerome is our Policy & Research Officer. He brings extensive skills and experience in the broader political and media sector. With his professional legal background, he assists in our strategic decisions about parliamentary submissions, campaigns and the issues we engage with.
The Governing Board
FamilyVoice Australia is a registered charity for religious purposes. It is governed by a board of people experienced and trained in governance from Business, Legal, Accounting, Church and Educational backgrounds. The Board members represent State and sectoral interests and also come from a range of denominational backgrounds. As a religious charity, we see our role is to provide a Christian voice to the public and political sectors on issues that have the potential to create negative impacts upon the family, the Church and society in general. Further, to assist the various sectors of the Christian church to understand policy issues and trends of potential negative impact and how to engage in the most productive manner as citizens.