Sue Shearer


Sue joined COTA NT as the organisation’s CEO in February 2017, a strategically important time in the development of the organisation and its advocacy role for Territory seniors.

Three years later, Sue’s role has grown exponentially as COTA NT’s advocacy and opinion is increasingly sought by seniors and stakeholders in the NT. COTA NT has hugely extended its programs (to include the NT Seniors Card and Aged Care Navigator programs), increased its staff and continues to innovate as it develops its reach, its impact and its relevance across the Territory. In 2019, Sue was awarded Darwin’s Citizen of the Year – for “speaking out for those who need a voice.” 

As the spokesperson for COTA NT, Sue is frequently contacted by Territory and national media to comment on both federal and local issues affecting Territory seniors; she also presents at forums and regularly attends numerous NT business networks including the PRBA and Chamber of Commerce.

Sue also attends numerous committees, working and advisory groups including the Ministerial Advisory Council – Senior Territorians and Seniors Concession Scheme Expert Reference Group to ensure seniors’ voices are heard in regard to topics as wide ranging as: access and inclusion, employment, housing, power and water, crime, justice and safety, veterans’ issues and more. She meets regularly with Ministers, Territory and local government representatives.

Sue had significant experience in the not-for-profit private sector through her time with Guide Dogs NT and as General Manager at Netball NT. Prior to that she worked as a senior business advisor to various Ministers in the Clare Martin Government and was CEO of the Real Estate Institute.




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