Formerly the editor-in-chief of Australia’s number one home magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Julia Zaetta is a major force in Australian publishing. Julia began her career in magazines over 40 years ago, and including in her repertoire magazines such as Australian Women’s Weekly, New Woman and Family Circle. She has since established herself at the forefront of the industry and is now regarded as one of the most successful and the longest-serving editor in Australian publishing history.
Julia held her current position as editor of Better Homes and Gardens, non-consecutively from 1982 to 1995. Under her direction the magazine experienced enormous prosperity and cemented its position as Australia’s Number One homemaker magazine. Since re-joining Better Homes and Gardens in 2001 as editor, the magazine experienced record sales, becoming Australia’s largest seller and with the country’s largest readership.
Julia was also instrumental in the extension of the brand into television. She embraced the innovation and guided the magazine into a triumphant multi-media relationship with Network 7, which 25 years on remains one of the most successful magazine-TV programs in the world.
On her return, Julia oversaw Better Homes and Gardens through five years of Magazine of the Year Awards for General Excellence in the Home and Food category and winner of Magazine of the Year for 2009 and 2015.
Julia’s over 40-year role in Australian publishing has required a prolific amount of public speaking, from industry to business to general events as well as hosting a summer radio show on 2GB and appearing regularly on television.
She remains unstoppable as a media representative and champion for the magazine industry in general and is working towards participating across all platforms in this ever-changing media landscape.
Most recently she joined the board of Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets, as a great advocate assisting with the very significant work the organisation delivers, in helping and supporting underprivileged children find welcome, courage, self confidence and a successful life for themselves. YOTS is exemplary as a foundation for its tireless work with kids and has helped build better lives for thousands and thousands of them. It is an outstanding organisation.