Kerry Jones BMus (Syd) Dip Ed (Syd) MEd Admin (UNE)
Kerry was born in Sydney and was educated at Loreto College, Normanhurst, NSW.
In 1977 she was awarded her Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Sydney with a Performing Major on Clarinet. Following a Diploma of Education in 1978, Kerry taught music in Sydney high schools. In 1985 Kerry was appointed by the NSW Education Department as Performing Arts Consultant (K-12) Riverina Region. Her work included teacher training and syllabus implementation, bi-centenary and other special music projects such as regional bands and choirs, and special arts projects including working with indigenous Australians on the far west border of NSW. From 1990-1993, Kerry was Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Nursing Homes and Private Hospitals. As a Registered Industry Training Officer (RTO) Kerry worked with in service education programs, political lobbying and music therapy programs for the health industry.
In 1994 Kerry was appointed Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. In 1998 she was elected as a member of the Federal Government Constitutional Convention. In 1999 she was appointed by the Federal Government to chair the successful “No Case Committee” for the 1999 Referendum. By leading the campaign against a Republic, Kerry became a public figure and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2000.
In 2001 Kerry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA). Devoted to Civics, Citizenship and Values Education Programs, Projects and Awards the CEFA charity empowers young Australians to become knowledgeable, responsible and engaged participants in the Australian community. Kerry sees her community work with CEFA as vital for the future of an informed and vibrant Australian democracy.
Kerry is dedicated to educating and engaging Australians in our great Democracy and our History, our System of Government and the essential values that are essential to the Australian Way of Life. She believes the wellbeing and safety of our future generations depends on us being informed, active and knowledgeable citizens.
Under Kerry’s leadership, CEFA has developed a range of pioneering civics and citizenship projects designed to engage and encourage debate on issues of importance to our democracy, our civic life and our communities. Our Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition and our latest project called Yaba are just two examples designed to address the national imperative of providing Australians with an understanding of political traditions and processes.
The essay competition is designed to encourage all young Australians studying at an Australian University to think critically about questions related to law, politics, history and social justice. Yaba is a Commonwealth Government funded and CEFA developed online teaching and learning Civics and Citizenship curriculum resource which uses innovative social media techniques to provide and engaging learning experience for Australian schools.
Kerry is passionate about expanding CEFA’s civics and citizenship outreach program because bring a greater understanding of our democratic heritage and a deeper appreciation of our political institutions and processes is vital to the long-term health of the Australian democracy. Through educating Australians about their democracy, Kerry hopes we as a people will become more active and informed citizens better equipped to play our part in shaping Australia’s destiny as a nation. In so doing, she hopes through CEFA’s efforts, Australians will be inspired in the years ahead to celebrate our democracy, our freedom, our system and our unique Australian way.
On 29 March 2015 it was announced by Attorney-General for Australia, Minister for the Arts,Senator the Hon George Brandis QC that Kerry had been appointed to the Old Parliament House Advisory Council.In the announcement it was said that Kerry "brings to the Council considerable expertise in education, political literature and the Australian Constitution."