A graduate of the University of Adelaide and of the University of South Australia, Barbara Biggins has made a lifetime study of the impact of the media on children and young people. During a long and distinguished record of community service, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia (1986), a Churchill Fellowship (1989) and was South Australia's Senior Australian of the Year in 2004. Barbara worked as Senior Librarian with Child and Youth Health, South Australia’s state-wide community preventive health service, from 1981 to 2001. Barbara's long career as a community advocate has included the following positions:
- 1982-1991: served on the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal’s Children’s Program Committee, advising on the classification of and standards for children’s TV programs
- 1980s: convened the South Australian, and National, Advisory Councils of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the establishment of uniform classification laws, and on children and the legal process
- 1990-1992: Director of Netalert
- 1994-2001: appointed as Convenor of the Classification Review Board
- 1991-2003: President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media.
She is currently the Honorary CEO of Young Media Australia and editor of small screen, Australia’s only news review of developments in children’s media.