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Macquarie Law School

Frances Cole

Frances Cole


  • Master of Politics and Public Policy
  • Master of Research (Law)


Frances has had a career spanning 25 years in social services delivery and social policy in the public health system, the NGO sector, the Australian Public Service, and the private sector. During her 15 years of employment in disability policy with the Australian Government, she worked on some of the most innovative policy responses across Federal Government agencies, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the BSWAT Payment Scheme, and the policy response to Duvall-Comrie v Commonwealth of Australia (2013) VID 1367. She is currently employed by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS). Frances has a broader interest in legislative and justice system responses to violence against women, particularly sex offences, in domestic and international law, and in protections for vulnerable populations - specifically people with disability.



"Celebrity and Spectacle: Legal and Media Discourse in Gendered Violence in Three Countries"


Frances's research seeks to explore common elements and differences within legal and media discourse of tried celebrity cases of gendered violence in Australia, South Africa, and England. In particular, she is investigating how these cases, because of their wide exposure, affect public understanding of perpetrators, victims/survivors, and the legal process in the country in which they occurred.