Vacy Vlazna migrated as a child, with her political refugee parents, from Czechoslovakia to Australia. Her work background is teaching and academia with a doctorate in literature. She was involved in the Australian solidarity movement for East Timor since 1995 and served in East Timor with UNAMET and UNTAET. She is a recipient of the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal. She writes political commentary on a number of independent online magazines. Vacy lives in Sydney.