Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - ABS Contacts

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES - ABS CONTACTS

ABS CONTACTS

National Information and Referral Service

The National Information and Referral Service is the first point of contact for all your statistical and publication enquiries.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Post: Client Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 796, Sydney
2001

Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics

Contact:
Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10, Belconnen ACT 2616

Email: ncatsis@abs.gov.au

Role:

The Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics and Community Engagement has a leadership and coordination role for national statistical activity about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The broad objectives of Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics are:

  • informing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organisations, and the wider community about statistics and statistical issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including demographic composition, social conditions and health status;
  • providing governments with reliable statistical information on Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population that can be used to support policy development and evaluation;
  • assessing, reporting and promoting improvements in the quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics from ABS and other survey administrative collections;
  • supporting best practice in the enumeration of statistics related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and in relevant quantitative methods;
  • assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the effective use of statistics; and
  • ensuring that broad consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community remains a key strategy in the coordination and development of national statistics.

Engagement Manager's Unit

Role:

The ABS has a combination of Engagement Managers and Engagement Officers in various State and Territories offices throughout Australia. Their role is to:

  • engage with urban and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collaborative partnerships to increase understanding of and participation in ABS collections;
  • return information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including the provision of statistical training to communities in order to increase their access and usage of ABS information; and
  • Improve the quality and relevance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for key stakeholders including meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


MEET THE ENGAGEMENT MANAGERS AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICERS:


Victoria



Darren Williams

(P) 03 9615 7462


My name is Darren, I am a Wiradjuri man born in Wellington Central West NSW, I have lived in Victoria for over 10 years now. I've had a variety of roles ranging from NSW Police officer to a prison officer. I joined the Australian Public Service completing a Diploma of Government contract Management. This lead me to work for numerous departments from Centrelink and FaHCSIA., with my most recent the Australian Electoral Commission as the Indigenous Community Engagement Officer. In 2014 I was fortunate to be the successful candidate with the ABS as the Engagement Manager, this has enable me to continue my engagement with the Victorian Indigenous Community to promote awareness, increase participation and knowledge on services, programs and statistical information relevant to the region.


South Australia

Greg McCulloch

(P) 08 8237 7309

'Nukkan Ya (Hello) my name is Greg McCulloch I am a Ngarrindjeri man from the lower Coorong lakes area in SA. I worked for 2 years in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison role with Medicare before starting my employment with the ABS in January 2010. The ABS places a high priority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement. This strategic direction affords me the opportunity to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with their data needs. Access to ABS data can facilitate communities making evidenced based decisions on budget priorities.


Northern Territory


Matthew Large

(P) 08 8943 2103


Hi, I was born in Perth but moved to Darwin after cyclone Tracy in 1975. My Nan from the Pilbara region specifically Yindjibamdi people, and my Grandfather is from the south of Perth, near a small town called Nannup which was also his surname.
From about the age of 6 I grew up in a remote Aboriginal outstation in the middle of Kakadu National Park. Growing up in a National Park I was lucky enough to secure my dream job as a Park Ranger and did this for 15 years. I then moved to Energy Resources of Australia as the Superintendent for Indigenous Employment and stayed for 7 years. Moving back into the APS and my current role as Engagement Manager with the ABS sees me excited to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and communities helping to give them a voice on cultural, social and welfare issues in their community.
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Queensland



Annmarie Campbell

(P) 07 3222 6386



Hello, my name is Annmarie Campbell. My Aboriginal history is from Gunditjmara Victoria, but I grew up in
Bunerong area of Victoria. I have worked with the Australian public service since 1990 with Department of Social Security which is now Department of Human Services Centrelink. I have had various roles within DHS including Indigenous liaison Officer and most recently working as a psychologist/rehabilitation counsellor in assessment services. As of the 1 July 2014 I became the Engagement Manager in the Queensland ABS office. I look forward to learning about the Queensland culture and sharing a bit of my Victorian culture.




Edwina (Ed) Yasso

(P) 07 3222 60377


Hi, my name is Edwina (Ed) Yasso. I am a proud Aboriginal and South-sea Islander woman, born in Bowen (Nth Qld). However for most of my childhood I spent this time, living in Katherine in the Northern Territory. I have been in the public service off and on since the age of 18, in various agencies in both the Commonwealth and State government, such as Department of Social Security – Centrelink to QLD State Penalty Enforcement Register (SPER). I have also been involved in various community projects throughout my employment history. I am looking forward to the new adventure that is the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which allows me to invest in my community through raising awareness of statistical knowledge and use. This I hope in turn will facilitate positive outcomes from the community level, upwards to government agencies in empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait people/s towards a brighter future.