Human Services lecturer, Jill Lang has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community and not-for-profit sector in the Queen’s Honours list.
Head of School (Arts and Communication), Associate Professor Rhod McNeill said prior to commencing teaching at USQ, Ms Lang was Director of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) from 2005-2011.
‘She became the founding Chair of the Queensland Community Services Futures Forum and played a significant role in the Good Work, Decent Wages campaign in 2008-09, leading the community services sector to secure significant wage increases for workers in the sector as well as matching government funding.
‘Ms Lang however, is most proud of her time at QCOSS because of the commitment of the organisation to advocating for social policies that would give those experiencing poverty and disadvantage in Queensland a fair go.
‘On behalf of the School of Arts and Communication I would like to congratulate Jill on her award and wish her every happiness as she celebrates this achievement.’
Ms Lang said she was honoured to receive the prestigious award.
‘My passion has always been public policy and planning with an emphasis on social issues, human services and support for people who are doing it tough,’ Ms Lang said.
‘I’ve worked in the Whitlam Labor Government, with the unemployed, at a senior level in the National Capital Planning Commission, have taught regional planning and social planning to name just a few of my roles.
‘As well as teaching at USQ, I currently work as a national coordinator for Anti-Poverty Week and have been appointed this year as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland.
‘I love teaching and am inspired by the student at USQ. They come from such diverse backgrounds and many have struggled to get to where they are today.
‘They are so bright and committed and it is an honour to work with them and the other great staff who work in the Human Services field at USQ Springfield.