Lin joined the Australian and New Zealand School of Government in 2019. She is an Associate Dean, leading work across a range of social policy and industry areas.
Lin was Deputy Secretary, Social Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2016 to 2019. Working across the public service, industry and academia, Lin led the provision of whole of government advice to the Prime Minister on health, education, social services and gender equality. Lin advised the Prime Minister on the Council of Australian Governments and provided policy advice and advice on international engagement to the Minister for Women.
From 2002-2016 Lin was the National Director of UnitingCare Australia, the national body for Australia’s largest NGO network of social, health and aged care services, with a footprint across urban, regional and remote Australia.
Lin has served on a wide range of boards and government advisory bodies, including as Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, and President of the Australian Council of Social Service.
Lin participated in the Australian Government Tax Forum in 2011 and the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2007. She sat on the Australian Government’s National Place Based Advisory Group; the Community Response Task Force advising the Deputy Prime Minister during the global financial crisis; and the Aged Care Sector Committee advising the Minister for Health and Aged Care.
Lin’s background includes working as a counselling psychologist with families and young people at risk, with a particular interest in trauma and abuse.
Lin holds a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Canberra. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lin was ACT Australian of the Year in 2008, received a Churchill Fellowship to study anti-poverty strategies in 2003, and was awarded a Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award in 2002.