Julie McCrossin

Outstanding presenter, facilitator, trainer & media personality

Julie McCrossin is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence, professionalism and commitment to justice and diversity.

While Julie has a strong public profile in Australia as a radio broadcaster, a TV personality and a print journalist, she is also in demand as a professional MC, hosting and facilitating conferences, panel discussions, workshops, meetings and seminars, and as a public speaker.

Julie McCrossin talks to people for a living, but equally important is that she listens. Her approach to her work is marked by detailed research and her ability to maintain a specified event timetable.

About Julie McCrossin:

Julie presented the social issues program Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, initially with Geraldine Doogue and then as solo presenter. Prior to Life Matters, Julie was a team leader on the media quiz show Good News Week on Network Ten and on ABC TV.

Julie began working for the ABC back in 1983 on the women's radio program The Coming Out Show. She's presented many Radio National programs including Background Briefing and Arts National, as well as stints on ABC Rural Radio and 702ABC Sydney.

Julie has worked as a TV reporter for both the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and ANZAC DAY... and she's thrilled to live in a country where it is possible to do both. But her proudest media moment was her appearance on ABC TV's Play School as a silent clown called Plain Jane.

Julie has worked as a children's entertainer, literacy teacher and community legal educator. She has university qualifications in the arts, education and law.

In November 2005, ABC Books published Forever Yours: Australia's Hidden Love Letters edited by Julie McCrossin and Kerrie Jean Ross with a foreword by Thomas Keneally.

Book Julie McCrossin for your next event:

Julie McCrossin is well known for her capacity to involve panel members and the audience in an interactive conversation that addresses complex issues in a lively, informal, witty and yet carefully structured way. She is highly experienced as a facilitator for hypotheticals, panel discussions, meetings, seminars and special events. Julie is also an entertaining MC, an engaging speaker, and an enthusiastic, interactive trainer.

Julie has been running panel discussions and hypotheticals at seminars, public forums and conferences for over 20 years.

Panel discussions & hypotheticals - Panel discussions offer the opportunity to hear a range of views from people with expertise or experience in a particular field, while involving the audience through questions and comments. Julie's many years of experience interviewing people from all walks of life on live radio means she has the skills to move seamlessly between the panel and the audience, while ensuring everyone stays on topic and shares the time.

Hypotheticals are also an entertaining way to explore issues and debates. The London-based Australian barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC has made this approach famous on television. Julie has facilitated many hypotheticals on complex and sensitive issues such as child protection, occupational health and safety and sentencing policy in the criminal law.

While it isn't essential to have a legal qualification to run a good hypothetical, it helps. Julie completed a law degree at the University of NSW in 2000 and she has run many hypotheticals and panel discussions with a legal focus.

MC - A professional MC, or Master of Ceremonies, can make the world of difference at any event by maintaining the focus of the audience, speakers and performers on the prime purpose of the occasion.

Julie has many years of experience as an MC at a wide variety of occasions, from huge outdoor rallies in Sydney's Domain, to major national awards evenings at Parliament House in Canberra, to intimate fundraisers for community organizations.

Julie will keep your event running smoothly and on time, while building a warm and witty connection between the speakers, performers and audience. Her attention to accuracy and detail in everything she does will help the organizers to relax as well.

Meeting & seminar facilitator - Julie is often associated with entertainment and fun because of her five years as a performer on the television media quiz show Good News Week. However, Julie also has extensive experience as a professional facilitator of meetings, seminars and public consultations on subjects requiring sophisticated research and analytical skills' as well as great sensitivity and confidentiality.

Public speaking engagements - Julie is best known for her interviewing skills, which enable her to draw out the views and ideas of others. Yet she is also in demand as a keynote speaker at conferences. Julie's highly varied work on ABC Radio National and throughout the community means she has a deep and broad general knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. She has the capacity to investigate a topic or subject area and talk about it in a clear, amusing and engaging way that always focuses on the personal, family and community impact of the issue at hand.

Client testimonials

You did a mighty job keeping presenters on track and animating and energising our audience... Of particular note was you expertise and good humour.

ACR(National Industry Association for Disability Services).

Excellent preparation and attention to detail. Great audience and panel rapport.

Association of Regulatory and Clinical Scientists

Julie was extremely well-received by our audience. Her legal training, media background and her obvious sympathy with human rights issues made her not only an excellent MC, but also a wonderful advocate for us.

Amnesty International.

The Human Rights Unit would like to thank you very much for facilitating the The State of Human Rights panel event. We really appreciate the work that you put into becoming very well informed about the Charter and how it operates. You did a great job of ensuring that the event was interesting to everyone in the audience - from those with no knowledge to those who were very well informed.

Victorian Department of Justice

The hypothetical was brilliant and Julie McCrossin was excellent. She used her sharp wit, expert knowledge to engage the panel and audience in a very topical issue which resulted in many of the participants having a greater understanding of the sentencing procedure.

Law Society of NSW

I think that you added an extra, important element that is often missing from conferences - some life, personality, breadth of knowledge, and with a good dose of personal touch. It was a wise move to get you involved.

3rd Regional Acquired Brain Injury Conference

Very worthwhile. Lots to be learnt from others, skills and knowledge. A lot to take away. Julie was a very good facilitator, humorous style, confident speaker and keeps you awake. Thank you very much.


Many thanks for a brilliant job! I can't thank you enough for your fluency, professionalism and enthusiasm. The interviews in particular with the award winners and the Living Books were fantastic. It made the event far more interactive.

Sydney City for the Mental Health Association NSW

She did her research and was able to lead thought-provoking discussions with some of the most senior industry representatives

National Prescribing Service (NPS)