UNICEF works with Goodwill Ambassadors who are passionate about giving every child a fair chance all over the world. They generously give their time, energy and passion pro bono to help raise awareness of our work to protect the world's children, no matter what.
Here in Australia, we work with dedicated and passionate national Ambassadors who do incredible things. This outstanding group of individuals offer recognisable voices to our campaigns, provide opportunities to engage new audiences, act as spokespeople in the media and help fundraise in our mission to make the world a better place for every child. With their support, we are able to achieve incredible results for children and we thank each of them for their support, actions and passion.
You can check out the full list of Global Goodwill Ambassadors here.
Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer, Emma McKeon, is UNICEF Australia’s newest Ambassador joining in November 2022. Emma is the most successful Australian athlete at a single Olympics and the only female in the world across all sports to win seven medals at one Olympic Games, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Emma is passionate about global health issues and has supported numerous UNICEF Australia campaigns, raising over $20,000 for our Ukraine appeal and donating a signed swimming cap from the Tokyo Olympics.
Chef, TV presenter and author
Malaysian Australian chef, television presenter and author, Adam Liaw has been a dedicated UNICEF Australia Ambassador for many years. He won the second series of MasterChef and lives with his family of five in Sydney. He has been to Jordan with UNICEF and seen first-hand the work our teams do on the ground.
In 2022, Adam participated in UNICEF Global’s 4-Levels Nutrition Video to shine light on child malnutrition around the world.
Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor, known for his roles as young Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and Alden in The Walking Dead. Callan has been a huge supporter of our emergency appeals, COVID-19, and is passionate about raising awareness about access to quality education around the world.
TV and radio presenter
Australian talk show and Current Affairs Gold Logie award-winning television and radio presenter, Carrie Bickmore has been a UNICEF Australia Ambassador since 2012. Carrie currently hosts The Project on Network 10 and Carrie & Tommy on the Hit Network. She is a big advocate of our Mother's Day campaign every year and has inspired her audiences to fund incredible neonatal projects in the Asia-Pacific region. We love the article she wrote for Vogue in 2020 for our International Day of the Girl campaign.
Journalist, Sunrise presenter and mother-of-two, Edwina Bartholomew joined UNICEF Australia as an Ambassador in 2022. Edwina is one of Australia’s most well-known and well-regarded journalists, having worked in television and radio news for more than 13 years. Edwina has supported numerous UNICEF Australia campaigns, raised emergency funds for our Ukraine appeal and is passionate about maternal and neonatal health.
Australian model and philanthropist
Erica Packer is an Australian model and philanthropist. She has three children and lives on the West Coast of the USA. Originally from Gunnedah in rural NSW, she is passionate about children's education and has funded incredible programs in Cambodia and Laos through the Erica Packer Project. In 2021 she created a bushfire response program that delivered community grants to the most affected areas possible.
Professor Fiona Stanley
Professor Fiona Stanley is an Australian epidemiologist noted for her public health work, her research into child and maternal health as well as Indigenous health access. Former Australian of the Year, she is passionate about UNICEF's routine immunisation programs for children and regional health security for Australia's closest neighbours.
Iconic Australian artist Ken Done has been an Ambassador for more than 30 years! He has dedicated time, artworks and energy to support our work around the world. A key supporter of World Children's Day in November each year, Ken has taken on the challenge of art classes for children and even displayed the art of Australian children in his gallery in The Rocks.
Australian Test Cricket Captain
Pat Cummins is an Australian Test Cricket Captain, family man and advocate for equal rights. Living in Sydney, Pat has spent much of his life travelling around the world, which has sparked a passion for protecting the world's most vulnerable children. Joining UNICEF Australia as an Ambassador in 2021, Pat volunteers his time to fundraise and bring awareness to programs like Indi Kindi, an early childhood education program in remote Australian communities. Pat was also a driving force behind the Australian cricket community's support for UNICEF's response during the 2021 India COVID Crisis.
Rachael Haynes is an Australian cricketer, mum to Hugo, and came on board as a UNICEF Australia Ambassador during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. She joined our For Every Girl campaign which highlighted the gender gap in sport and the potential of girls everywhere to be whoever they want to be. She joined fellow cricketer Alex Blackwell ahead of the World Cup to be interviewed by brave 11-year-old Gemma.
Academic, author and TV presenter
Dr. Susan Carland
Dr. Susan Carland is an Australian academic, author and television presenter best known for her ongoing media presence speaking on her academic specialisation of women in Islam. A passionate supporter of UNICEF's work, Susan started her Ambassador journey by donating $1 to UNICEF for every hateful comment she received on her social media channels. Susan has taken part in multiple campaigns, including recording a Vaccine Diaries video alongside husband Waleed Aly.
Actress and singer
Tammin Sursok is a South African-born Australian actress and singer. She is known for her role on Home and Away and Pretty Little Liars. She now hosts a podcast, shares honest stories of parenting her two girls on social media and is a passionate mental health advocate. She is a huge supporter of our gender equality programs and her little ones have got involved with our World Children's Day creative challenges.
Author, journalist, documentary maker and presenter
Tara Moss is a Canadian-Australian author, documentary maker and presenter, journalist, and UNICEF Australia Ambassador. In recent years, she has been an incredible advocate for disability access and normalising wheelchair and walking stick use. She wrote a fantastic piece for us on International Day of People with Disabilities.
The Wiggles are Australia’s most-loved children’s group and have entertained millions of families across the globe for more than 30 years. From the beginning they have been passionate Ambassadors, helping to educate children on important local and international issues. The Wiggles have been dedicated and passionate supporters of our work to protect every child and we love having them as part of our extended team! Last year, The Wiggles helped give the gift of education around the world.
Rugby Union player
Will Genia is a Papua New Guinea (PNG) born Australian rugby union player, currently playing scrum-half for the Kintetsu Liners in Japan. With many of his family still in PNG, he is proud of his heritage and partners with us to raise awareness of key issues across Asia Pacific. Will has played an active role promoting vaccine confidence in PNG, as well as vaccine equity in the Pacific.
Medical doctor and child rights advocate
Dr. Zameer Gill
Dr. Zameer Gill is a medical doctor and child rights advocate. He has spent time with the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia (OSSAA) where he and a specialist team worked to help children and vulnerable communities with cleft palates in Timor-Leste. He is passionate about protecting children’s rights, supporting education and providing an appropriate standard of healthcare to children globally. He has a key interest in public health systems in developing nations and has spent time working to improve the disparities that exist.
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28 May 2023
In photos: A special visit to Borroloola with Pat Cummins
Test cricket captain and UNICEF Australia Ambassador Pat Cummins heads to the outback to meet some incredible kids through the Indi Kindi program in the Northern Territory.
2 May 2023
Edwina Bartholomew and UNICEF talk maternal health challenges in Papua New Guinea
Sunrise host and Ambassador for UNICEF Australia, Edwina Bartholomew, speaks with UNICEF about pregnancy and birth for new mums in Papua New Guinea.
26 April 2023
"Developing young minds for the future"
Renowned actor and UNICEF Australia Ambassador Callan McAuliffe travelled to rural Laos to visit our early childhood education programs.
4 May 2022
Edwina’s gift to children this Mother’s Day
We are thrilled to announce that Edwina Bartholomew has joined the UNICEF Australia family as an Ambassador.
3 December 2020
Five things you need to know on International Day of People with Disabilities
Today on International Day of People with Disabilities, disabled folks tend to get a lot of questions. Actually, those of us who use mobility aids or have visible disabilities tend to get questions year-round, often from strangers. For children with disabilities, this can be especially difficult. Here are five essential things you need to know about people with disabilities, and how together we can build a more equal world for all.
3 December 2021
“It shouldn’t be that way.” Famous Aussies speak up on one big issue
Here in Australia, COVID-19 vaccines have saved countless lives. It’s kept our hospitals from overcrowding to the brink. It’s the reason we’re all looking forward to getting life back on track.