Janet Jukes OAM, is the CEO of Relationship Matters. Janet joined Relationship Matters in 2014 bringing with her extensive experience in the non government human services sector. Janet has worked in management, service delivery and policy across several fields including youth and family services, homelessness, family violence, community legal services, and research.
Prior to taking up her position at Relationship Matters, Janet worked for The Salvation Army, Australia Southern Territory, most recently as the Director of EastCare Network. EastCare provides residential and support programs in the Melbourne eastern metropolitan region including statutory and non-statutory youth services, educational support for children in care, housing and tenancy management, crisis accommodation, drug and alcohol outreach, support services related to mental health, and intensive case management services for clients in need of complex care.
Demonstrating a strong commitment to training the next generation of professionals, Janet has worked as an academic at RMIT in the Master of Policy and Human Services Program and Lectured in Youth work at RMIT, the Australian Catholic University and Victoria University. In 2001 Janet was awarded a Centenary Medal for outstanding service to young people.
Janet Jukes received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2021 Australian Queens Birthday Honours list. This award was presented to her for her outstanding service to the community through LGBTIQ advocacy and social welfare organisations.
Janet holds an OAM, Dip Teach (Prim&SpecEd), BEd, MSocSc (Policy and Management), GAICD.