Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia, Joe Calleja has had more than 25 years of experience working with the community.
He was previously Director for Court Support Services with the Department of Justice in Western Australia.
Mr Calleja is dedicated to serving the community in Western Australia. He worked as a high school teacher before retraining as a social worker, graduating in 1982. He has worked in child protection, juvenile justice and family relationship services.
He was previously Manager of the Advisory and Co-ordinating Committee on Child Abuse, Principal Social Worker in the Department for Community Development and Executive Manager of Kin Way Relationships Counseling (Anglicare WA).
Mr Calleja has also held voluntary executive positions at both state and national levels in the Australian Association of Social Workers. He was a Board Member of Family Services Australia, a member of the National Marriage and Family Council and recently retired from the Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA Division).
Mr Calleja is currently President of the Western Australian Association of Mental Health, on the Board of the West Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS), Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Fellowship Australia Inc, Secretary of the Boards of the Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia and the Richmond Foundation of Western Australia.
He is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and Patron of the Social Work Alumni of the University of Western Australia.
One of Mr Calleja's greatest professional achievements was increasing services for victims of crime in Western Australia, by expanding the range offered from within the Department of Justice and improving the co-ordination of services to victims of crime across the justice system. He was also instrumental in increasing options for the payment of fines to reduce the level of default and imprisonment.
Mr Calleja has received the Cruickshank Routley Memorial Award from the University of Western Australia and the Management Award for Social Work Excellence from the Australian Association of Social Workers, Western Australia, and he was the winner of the Good Outcomes Award in Mental Health in 2007.