Queensland First Children and Families Board

About the Board

The Queensland First Children and Families Board was established to guide and oversee the Our Way strategy: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families 2017-2037 (PDF) (Our Way) and all associated action plans including Changing Tracks: An Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families 2017-2019 (PDF).

The Board is a key action within the Changing Tracks action plan and is another fundamental step the Queensland Government has taken towards achieving the Our Way vision and eliminating the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

The Board is co-chaired by Mick Gooda and Professor Boni Robertson and will meet four times per year.

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Terms of Reference

The Board’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 493 KB) Terms of Reference (DOCX, 199 KB) has more information regarding the Board including key responsibilities, accountability and reporting. The Terms of Reference will be reviewed on an annual basis.

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Board members

The Queensland First Children and Families Board comprises of 11 members (including three standing office-holder appointments). It is co-chaired by Aboriginal leaders Mick Gooda and Professor Boni Robertson and includes prominent leaders from diverse geographical locations across Queensland, who have a vast range of expertise including a strong cultural perspective.

Board members are appointed by the Premier and together with the Directors-General of the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. The Board will champion the strategy and work to create shared responsibility and accountability for achieving the Our Way vision “that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture”.

Professor Boni Robertson (Co-chair)

Professor Boni Robertson

Prof Robertson is the Professor of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Practice at Griffith University. Professor Robertson has extensive experience in influencing through government boards (both state and Commonwealth). She brings significant experience in Indigenous tertiary education and social policy and has a background in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and young people. Her skills and experience includes Aboriginal cultural practice, child protection, community development, education, family support, law, social innovation and community engagement.

Mick Gooda (Co-chair)

Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda's people are the Ghungalu from the Dawson Valley in Central Queensland. He has spent the last 30 years advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. He was appointed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in February 2010 and held that position until September 2016 when he was appointed Co-Commissioner on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

He has undertaken a wide range of roles such as the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, Native Title Consultant with the Western Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, ATSIC.

He chaired the Queensland Stolen Wages Reparation Taskforce and the National Centre of Indigenous Genomics and has been a member of the Expert Panel and the Referendum Council which were convened to advise the Federal Government on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian constitution.

Rachel Atkinson (Interim Co-chair)

Rachel Atkinson

Rachel Atkinson is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and is the Co-Chair of Family Matters Queensland and Board Executive of SNAICC. Ms Atkinson has extensive expertise in health, family support, child protection and youth justice. She has significant leadership skills and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations, influencing and advocacy through boards and peak bodies; and the establishment of social enterprise and new programs and projects in remote Indigenous communities. Ms Atkinson has long-term experience working with remote and discrete Aboriginal communities in the North Queensland region and in managing and developing Indigenous organisations. Her identified skills and experience include: Aboriginal cultural practice, child protection, child rearing, community development, education, family support, health, law and social innovation.

Clinton Schultz

Clinton Schultz

Clinton Schultz is a registered Psychologist; Senior Teaching Fellow (Bond University Medical School); and Director Marumali Consultations. Mr Schultz has extensive experience in health with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing and mental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Mr Schultz has experience in the development and implementation of programs providing cultural advice. He has experience and skills in Aboriginal cultural practice, child protection, community development, education, health, psychology and social innovation and was previously a Queensland Child Death Case Review Panel member.

Clinton is a Gamilaroi man, descending from the people of Gunnedah/Manilla NSW.

Nyoka Fetoa’i

Nyoka Fetoa’i

Nyoka Fetoa’i is a proud Darumbal woman from Central Queensland. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Darumbal Community Youth Services Inc and Board Director of Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service. Ms Fetoa’i has considerable experience in youth work with a focus on young people at risk (homelessness, drug and alcohol, education and other supports). She is experienced in managing Indigenous organisations and supporting families experiencing domestic violence. Ms Fetoa’i has experience and skills in Aboriginal cultural practice, youth support, child protection, child rearing, community development, domestic and family violence and family support.

Michael Currie

Michael Currie

Michael Currie is the Co-chair, Family Matters Queensland. Michael is a Mununjahli Yugambeh man from South East Queensland. Currently employed as the Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development at The Benevolent Society in Queensland, Michael has over 20 years’ experience in working with vulnerable children and their families in the areas of Youth Justice and Child Protection, across the jurisdictions of Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. His experience includes working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled sector in the areas of prevention and early intervention policy, training and program delivery. Michael has management experience in community and custodial secure care and 5 years living and working remote to deliver frontline child protection and support services with communities, families and their children.

Deidre Mulkerin

Deidre Mulkerin was appointed as Director-General for the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (formerly Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) in February 2020. Prior to this, Deidre worked in frontline roles in child protection and juvenile justice, managed regional operations across human services, and led statewide reform initiatives for the Queensland and New South Wales governments.

Since 2004, she has held numerous executive roles responsible for statutory child protection, juvenile justice, housing, homelessness and domestic and family violence, including Deputy Secretary, Commissioning for the human service government agency, Family and Community Services in New South Wales. In this role, Deidre was responsible for ensuring decisions about how services are delivered, monitored and improved were driven by client outcomes and the use of robust evidence and data.

Deidre has provided evidence at several Commissions of Inquiry, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She has demonstrated her strengths in policy development and delivery implementation through her leadership of the New South Wales Premier's Priorities, Protecting Our Kids and Reducing Youth Homelessness. In July 2019, Deidre took up the role of Deputy Secretary, People and Culture, Department of Education, New South Wales, responsible for driving workforce reform, workplace safety and leadership. As an inaugural participant in the New South Wales Public Service Commission’s Leadership Academy, Deidre has been recognised as an outstanding public sector leader.

Dr Chris Sarra

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Chris Sarra founded the Stronger Smarter Institute in 2005, which works with schools and community leaders across Australia to deliver the stronger smarter approach to Indigenous students. In 2016, Dr Sarra was named the NAIDOC Person of the Year in recognition of his efforts to improve Aboriginal educational outcomes throughout Australia. He received the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards in 2017. In August 2018, Dr Sarra commenced as the Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Dr Sarra holds a PhD in Psychology with his thesis Strong and Smart — Towards a Pedagogy for Emancipation: Education for First Peoples published by Routledge in 2012. He was named Queenslander of the Year in 2004, and was Queensland’s Australian of the Year in 2010. He was also an Australian Rugby League commissioner from 2012–2018. Dr Sarra is Taribelang/Gurang Gurang Aboriginal man from Bundaberg.

David Baird

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David Baird is a Punaba-Bardi man originally from Western Australia who is currently a Councilor on the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council. David has extensive experience delivering services to discrete communities focusing on a range of issues including health, youth justice, social and emotional wellbeing and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and experience to Queensland First Children, and Families Board.

Mr Baird has qualifications in Applied Science Aboriginal Community Management & Development, Health & Community Service (Rehabilitation Counselling) Drug & Alcoholism

Mr Baird has strong Christian beliefs along with a loving and extended family, he believes there are countless opportunities to learn and better ourselves. David has a passion for fishing, boating, eating out at restaurant’s and attending community church events and spending time with family and friends. Mr Baird also likes fixing things and is well known for his handyman abilities.

Dion Tatow

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Dion Tatow is a proud Iman and Wadja man from Central Queensland with a strong cultural identity and connections to country, family and community. He has qualifications in Business (Management) and Health Service Management.

Mr Tatow has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations since the early 1980s and has advocated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and issues on many committees/groups and in forums ranging across health, child protection, human services, and education.

Mr Tatow plays an active role in his community and is currently on several committees and boards including, Black Community Housing Service – Brisbane (Deputy Chairperson), Queensland Museum Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee, Safe Children and Strong Communities Implementation Oversight Group, Queensland Equity Framework Community Governance Group and gar’ban’djee’lum network (former Chairperson).

Mr Tatow has 15 years’ work experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled sector across a range of roles in child protection and health, including 3 years at the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSIPP).

Ivy Trevallion

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Ivy Trevallion is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman from Dauan, and Saibai Islands. Ms Trevallion has family connections to the Dhoeybaw, Saibai Keodal, Samu, Burum Thabu and Sui Baidam Clans. She speaks Kalau Kawaw Ya (KKY), Creole and English, with English being her 3rd language. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland.

Ms Trevallion has undertaken a wide range of roles including assistant social worker at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Centre at Woolloongabba, Project Officer with the Department Seniors and Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Partnership (DSDSATSIP). Her current role as a clinical counsellor with Queensland Health and President of Torres News.

Ms Trevallion also plays a pivotal role in her community as an active board member on many committees such as Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency, Inna Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Kupai Omasker Working Party, Health Council, Mura Kosker Sorority Thursday Island, Lena Passi Women’s Shelter and Torres Strait Islander Media Association (TSIMA)

Ms Trevallion is a newly appointed member of Queensland First Children, and Families Board.

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Communique

A communique of the Board's key priorities and achievements will be published after each Board meeting.

Read the communique from the Board meeting held on the following date:

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Media Statements

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