The Remarkable Susan Alberti becomes PLA’s first Ambassador.

PLA is honored to announce Susan Alberti as the first Parks & Leisure Australia Ambassador.  Susan is an incredible patron a truly remarkable woman that understands the importance of grass roots sport and the importance of parks and open spaces in developing happy, healthy and prosperous communities. 


A true inspiration, founder of the women’s Australian Rules Football League, advocate for grass roots sport and philanthropist supporting the battle against Juvenile diabetes.  “We couldn’t think of a more inspirational and perfectly aligned Amabassador. We look forward to working with Susan in developing great places and spaces for all Australians" said Mark Band, PLA’s CEO.


Susan stated: ““It gives me great pleasure to accept the invitation to become Parks & Leisure Australia’s first Ambassador. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in last year’s National Conference where I met and listened to many great people involved in your profession and sector. It gave me good insight into the passion that your members have and consequently I was both flattered and delighted to be asked to take on the Ambassador role.”


Ms Alberti’s first Ambassador appearance for PLA will be later this year at the upcoming International Parks and Leisure Congress  at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, from 14 to 17 October.


Susan was recently named 2018 Victorian of the Year, awarded by the Victoria Day Council Award for Community and Public Service.


Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. Sue developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.

Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease. It was at that point Sue’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission. This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly.

Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009.


In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution towards the cause of diabetes research. Sue was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on 26 January 2007. This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type 1 diabetes care and research. On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition for her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and sporting organisations, as an advocate for improved health care services for the disadvantaged, and to young women as a role model and mentor.


Sue is a former President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Chairman of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Foundation and is Vice President of Western Bulldogs Football Club, in addition to the many other honorary philanthropic positions she holds.