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Ashlee Kearney

A proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from far west New South Wales, Ashlee was born and spent most of her life on Dharug country in Auburn, NSW.

She studied a Bachelor of Educational Studies and an Associate Degree in Indigenous Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW. Ashlee has also completed postgraduate studies in Public Policy at the Australian National University, Acton, ACT.

Her professional background spans across the education, social and community…

Jody Broun

Jody Broun was appointed Chief Executive of the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) in November 2018.

Following the inclusion of the AHO in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Jody is also leading work across the cluster on Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes.

Previously Jody held various senior positions in the government and not for profit sector including:Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment WA;…

Mi-kaisha Masella

Dharumbal Murri, Mi-kaisha, has fought for social justice her entire life. The 17 year old’s passion for sharing people’s experiences and stories has driven her to share her own story through music and take a stand. Mi-kaisha believes it is important that young people, and all people, find their voice anduse it to work on issues that affect them and are important to them.

Mi-kaisha is President of the United Nation’s…

Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people, and former Commissioner of the Northern Territory Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention. He is also the former Social Justice Commissioner and a long term Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. “Putting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in detention centres and prisons should be the option of last resort,” says Mr Gooda. “We’d do far better if we put…

Isaiah Sines

Isaiah Sines is a Youth Ambassador for Just Reinvest NSW, a proud Dhungatti man from Kempsey and also has ties to the Wiradjuri people. After moving around a lot early in his life he is now settled in Mt Druitt.

“I have experienced a lot in my life and that is why I wanted to become a youth ambassador with Just
Reinvest. I hope to be able to use this position to advocate for other Koori kids who are going through

Daniel Daylight

Daniel is a proud Gamilaraay (NSW) man who has family ties to the Gubi Gubi nation (QLD). Daniel has a passion for helping Aboriginal children and youth caught in the criminal justice system and has spent his working life in the justice sector. He worked on the development of the Youth Koori Court (YKC) including consultation with community and development of the program with other stakeholders.

He believes if…

Temeka Leonard

Temeka is 18 years old and was born in Blacktown. She is the second youngest of 5 children but has an enormous extended family that she grew up with. She has spent her whole life in the Mt Druitt area of Sydney but has family connections to both the Wongkumara and Kamilaroi nations.

Through her first 18 years of life she has seen first hand the effects that both the out-of-home-care and criminal justice system have…

Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO and Executive Director of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company, AES, who empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development.  Prior to…

Nahdia Noter

My name is Nahdia Noter, I’m a proud Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads. I grew up in Dalby for my younger years, a beautiful country town located in QLD then moved back to Tweed Heads during my teenage years.

I’ve grown up in a system that hasn’t been very favourable towards me, simply because of the colour of my skin. Institutions operate on a deeply entrenched racist system, ultimately this affects…

Robert Tickner AO

Robert Tickner AO is Australia’s longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and among other things was the Minister who co-ordinated the national response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. During his time in the portfolio he fought hard for Indigenous rights and wrote about his experiences in his book “Taking a Stand”. Prior to his election to the national parliament Robert worked as…