Narelle Clay is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Youth and Family Services which provides services in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Tablelands areas of NSW.
Ms Clay has been active in the community sector and particularly in the area of homelessness for twenty five years and is well known in her field and more broadly for her activism and commitment to seeking social justice, and her endless energy to challenge but also work with Government to make changes.
Ms Clay’s Member to the Order of Australia Award (AM) is for "Distinguished service to the community through social justice advocacy and the provision of accommodation, housing and support for homeless people especially young people."
She is currently the National Chairperson of Homelessness Australia, a Member of the NSW Homelessness Alliance and a Member of the Southern region's Area Managers Group. Ms Clay was a Commissioner for the National Youth Commission and served on the Independent National Inquiry Into Youth Homelessness in 2007 and 2008.
Ms Clay has been a teacher for twenty four years with TAFE in various courses related to human services and a trainer specialising in areas of advocacy, community management, policy development and industrial relations.
Ms Clay is the President of the Australian Services Union NSW and ACT Branches and President of the Australian Services Union NSW, Social and Community Services Branch and a Member of various Commonwealth and State Government Advisory processes