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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



National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS)


Offices:
Canberra and Darwin.

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

Fax: (08) 8943 2139
Email: indigenous.statistics@abs.gov.au

Role:

The National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) has a leadership and coordination role for national statistical activity about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NCATSIS is a dual-site subject matter area with staff in both Canberra and Darwin. The broad objectives of NCATSIS are to:

  • 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.



ABS Indigenous Engagement Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers


Role:
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.
Meet the ABS Indigenous Engagement Managers and Indigenous Engagement Officers:


Victoria


Darren Williams

(P) 03 9615 7462

darren.williams@abs.gov.au

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.


South Australia



Greg McCulloch

(P) 08 8237 7309

gregory.mcculloch@abs.gov.au

'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.


Ivan Copley JP OAM

(P) 08 8237 7437

ivan.copley@abs.gov.au

'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



Will Swain

(P) 02 9268 4028

will.swain@abs.gov.au

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 Phillips

(P) 02 9268 4823

lauren.phillips@abs.gov.au

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.

Tasmania


Lee Prouse

(P) 03 6222 5775

lee.prouse@abs.gov.au

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.


Western Australia



Alan Radford

(P) 08 9360 5240

(M) 0477 315 992

alan.radford@abs.gov.au

Hi. I'm Alan. I am a Palawa man from Tasmania. I am the Indigenous Engagement Manager currently employed to assist with the local level delivery of the National Health Survey. I have been involved as a support contact for many Communities and organisations over my 12 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



Northern Territory




Matthew Large

(P) 08 8938 2103

matthew.large@abs.gov.au

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.



Tim Brown

(P) 08 8943 2122

tim.brown@abs.gov.au

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.


Queensland


Annmarie Campbell


(P) 07 3222 6386

annmarie.campbell@abs.gov.au

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.



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