Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Bodies

ACT

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ACT ATSIEB) represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the ACT, advocates for their interests and reports to the Minister on issues of concern.

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-18

This Agreement sets out the commitment of the ACT Government, our service partners, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, and most importantly the community, to work together to recognise and respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and surrounding region.

Secretariat and administrative support for ATSIEB is provided by the ACT Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Please contact the secretariat on (02) 6207 9656 or by email at atsieb@act.gov.au for further details.

United Ngunnawal Elders Council

The United Ngunnawal Elders Council (UNEC) provides advice to ACT Government and the ACT ATSIEB in relation to heritage and connection to land matters for the Ngunnawal people.

Secretariat and administrative support for UNEC is provided by the ACT Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Please contact the secretariat on (02) 6207 1667 or by email at oatsia@act.gov.au for further details.

ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation

The ACT Torres Strait Islanders Corporation plays an important role in advocating the interests of Torres Strait Islander people, promoting culture and history.

For more information, please contact Ms Yvonne Norris, Chairperson by email at y.norris@hotmail.com

National

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. Mick commenced his term in February 2010.

Mick is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland.

As Social Justice Commissioner, he advocates for the recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and seeks to promote respect and understanding of these rights among the broader Australian community.

Mick has been actively involved in advocacy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for over 25 years and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments.

His focus has been on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Immediately prior to taking up the position of Social Justice Commissioner, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health for close to five and a half years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 'front and centre' in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.

Link: Australian Human Rights Commission - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

National Congress of Australia's First People

As a private company or organisation, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples Ltd is registered under the Corporations Act and is made up of three distinct parts.

A National Board of Directors led by elected male and female Co-Chairs and six Directors who are responsible for the Chambers of the annual Congress meeting

The Board is supported by an Ethics Council - a special body of experts who provide independent advice on standards and guidelines.

Congress staff, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, assist with operations, policy advice, membership, promotion and education.

Link: National Congress of Australia's First People