Meet the ABS Indigenous Engagement Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers:
|The ABS has a combination of Indigenous Engagement Managers (IEMs) and Indigenous Engagement Officers (IEOs) in each Regional Office (except ACT) as part of its Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy (ICES). The goals of ICES and the IEMs and IEOs are 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;
- 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.
|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 Indigenous 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.|
|'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.|
|'Yungalya (Hi), my name is Ivan Copley 'Tiwu'. I am of Aboriginal descent of the Peramangk people of the Mount Lofty Ranges on my Fathers side and of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains through my mothers side. I have been employed as IEM for South Australia since 2005. I am involved with the Aboriginal community through working with the Indigenous Information Network of South Australia. I also maintain records on missions, homes, language groups and Aboriginal peoples of SA, dating back to 1802. I have just recently (2012) completed and published a Aboriginal Language map of South Australia against Geographical locations.|
New South Wales/ACT
|Hi, I am Will and I am a descendant of the Ngemba people from Western NSW. I was born and raised in La Perouse NSW. I joined the ABS as a Local Engagement Manger for the 2011 Census and enjoyed the experience so much that I applied for and won my current role of Indigenous Engagement Manager for NSW and ACT. I have been involved in Aboriginal education and employment for the last 10 years across western NSW. My role in the ABS has allowed me to assist community and organisation to raise their statistical knowledge and use, which helps facilitate positive outcomes at the community level.|
Lauren is the Assistant Indigenous Engagement Manager for the Australian Bureau of Statistics for NSW / ACT. Lauren is a Bundjalung woman from Baryulgil on the North Coast of NSW, she has lived and worked in Sydney for 13 years in various government agencies and has been with the ABS since 2011 Census. As the Assistant Indigenous Engagement Manger for the ABS I am extremely fortunate to work with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW to increase community awareness on ABS programs, surveys and community knowledge of statistical information. The ABS releases a lot of data targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we have population, education, health, housing, and income data - as well as much more.
|G’day my name is Lee Prouse - I am the IEM in Tasmania. I am a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal person and have worked for my community for over 22 years in various Commonwealth Departments - mostly in community engagement roles. Whilst being based in Tasmania for most of it - I have had a number of stints doing special projects in in other states /territories including Canberra and Yarrabah (FNQ). Prior to the ABS I spent two years working for the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation as the Manager – Land Management Programs – managing a team of land managers working on and protecting sites across the South East of Tasmania. I was also the Corporation’s senior negotiator on Heritage and Land Management matters. My vision as the IEM in Tasmania is to bring the ABS and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community closer together and break down the mysteries, fears and barriers on both sides.|
|Hi. I'm Alan. I am a Palawa man from Tasmania. I am the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer for Western Australia. I have been involved as a support contact for many Communities and organisations over my 15 years as an external Consultant providing Business Development, Community Development and Feasibility Studies to support our Communities growth and sustainability. I have been appointed as Director of many Community and Organisational boards to assist with meeting governance requirements during this time.|
|Hi, I was born in Perth but moved to Darwin after cyclone Tracy in 1975. My Nan is from the Pilbara region specifically Yindjibarndi 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 Indigenous Engagement Manager with the ABS sees me excited to be working with Indigenous people and communities helping to give them a voice on cultural, social and welfare issues in their community.
|Hi I am Tim, I am Yawuru man from the Broome region of Western Australia, and I was born and raised in Perth WA. I started working in the ABS in January 2013, but have been in the Australian Public Service for over 19 years. In my career I have worked as a Senior Indigenous Education Officer, Projects Officer on various Youth, Transitions and Employment programs, and I spent 2 years working as an Indigenous Electoral Officer. As an Indigenous Engagement Officer within the ABS, I am extremely fortunate to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in WA and NT to increase community awareness on ABS programs, surveys and to increase community knowledge on statistical information.|
|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 Indigenous Engagement Manager in the Queensland ABS office. I look forward to learning about the Queensland culture and sharing a bit of my Victorian culture. |
Hi, my name is Edwina (Ed) Yasso. I am a proud Aboriginal woman and South-sea Islander women, 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.