Indigenous Advisory Council

The Monash University Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) is an advisory body to the University.  The IAC reflects the views of Indigenous communities and advises Monash in relation to Indigenous programs. Specifically, in relation to Indigenous access, participation and success in education, research and employment.

IAC members are chosen for their substantial knowledge, experience, and strong links with different Indigenous communities both locally and interstate.

Indigenous Advisory Council members

Ms Rachel Atkinson CEO, Palm Island Community Company
Mr Nevile Atkinson Program Manager, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.
Mrs Leonie Drummond Representative of William Cooper Family
Ms Rekeesha Fry ED (Acting), Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Mr Zack Haddock Executive Director, Koorie Outcomes Division, Victorian Department of Education and Training
Mr Andrew Jackomos ED Aboriginal Economic Development, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Mr Craig Ritchie CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Ms Nerita Waight CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Mr Richard Weston  CEO, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

Rachel Atkinson, Chair of Monash Indigenous Advisory Council

Rachel is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and elder who has dedicated her working life to improving the lives, and striving for empowerment, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has a strong commitment to self–determination and supporting the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices nationally.

Rachel has worked in rural, remote and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This includes over 20 years’ experience as CEO of large community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations delivering health and social services.  She has also held various positions, including as Chairperson, on the boards of State and National peak bodies and government advisory structures. She has built an extensive professional, political and personal network and has been pivotal in highlighting issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities through media and parliamentary and judicial inquiries.

Rachel has been CEO of PICC since its founding in 2007 and is considered to be a leader in the field of innovative service delivery and community capacity building. She is also currently Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, a board member and community representative of the Queensland First Children and Families Board, Co-Chair of Family Matters Queensland and a Director of the SNAICC National Executive.

Her previous roles include as a representative of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Reform Committee, President of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.