Council

Our organisation is governed by a Council of nine members. Four are elected by AIATSIS members, while five are appointed by our Minister and must be Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

The Council is responsible for setting our policies and ensuring we perform properly and efficiently across all of our functions.

The AIATSIS Council Charter outlines Council’s responsibilities.

jodie sizer

Jodie Sizer (Chairperson)

Ms Jodie Sizer is a Djap Wurrung/Gunditjmara woman, and part of the Framlingham Community of South West Victoria. 

Jodie is one of the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, a majority Aboriginal owned, purpose led organising professional services firm leading innovation, impact and change with and for Aboriginal communities across Australia. Jodie is also Director on the Boards of Wathaurong Glass and Arts, the Ebony Institute and the Collingwood Football Club.

Jodie commenced her career in the community controlled sector, further graduated to work as an auditor and qualified Accountant (CPA), she possesses a strong background in corporate governance and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne Asia-Australia New Leaders Program.

Jodie has also worked in Indigenous organisations and government. She was an ATSIC Regional Councillor, a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year award, listed in the Australian Women's Who's Who publication, inducted on the Victorian Women's Honour roll, recipient of the Prime Minister's Centenary medal and listed as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence. Jodie was recently appointed to the Council of the Australia Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is a member of the Arrernte nation whose lands surround Alice Springs and the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa region.

Rachel has served on a number of federal agencies including Screen Australia, the Australian Film Commission, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She was a founding board member of NITV, which she was instrumental in establishing. She has also served on the boards of various Aboriginal organisations and industry associations, including Bangarra Dance Theatre. She currently serves on the board of the Australian Heritage Commission, Jawun, Uphold and Recognise and the Charles Perkins Scholarship Trust.

Her company Blackfella Films, established in 1993, is a leader in the creation of Indigenous content, including the series First Contact, Redfern Now, First Australians, Ready For This and its latest production DNA Nation. Her work as director includes documentaries such as Freedom Ride and the more recent Black Panther Women as well as movies Bran Nue Dae, One Night the Moon, Mabo and Jasper Jones, as well as the TV series Mystery Road. She has served as an executive producer at both SBS and ABC, presiding over the management of their Indigenous Program Units.

She also works in the Indigenous cultural sector, directing festivals, such as the Yeperenye Festival for the Centenary of Federation. In more recent times she has focussed on the development of Arrernte culture, the first project being an Arrernte Women’s Camp, which recorded and revived the repertoire of Arrernte women’s traditional musical heritage.

Donisha Duff

Donisha Duff

Donisha Duff is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.  She has familial links with Moa and Badu Islands (Torres Strait) and is a Yadhaigana/Wuthathi Aboriginal traditional owner (Cape York).

She has 20 years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy, planning and management within the public sector, not-for profit and Community Controlled Health.

She possesses and MBA (ANU) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Griffith Uni).

Donisha is the General Manager, Preventative Health/ Deadly Choices at The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).

Dr Clint Bracknell

Dr Clint Bracknell

Dr Clint Bracknell is a proud Wirlomin Noongar musician and researcher from the south coast of Western Australia.

He is currently Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University. 

Mr Stephen Kinnane

Steve Kinnane

Steve has been an active researcher and writer for more than 25years as well as lecturing and working on community cultural heritage and development projects. His interests are diverse encompassing Aboriginal history, creative documentary (both visual and literary), and tensions surrounding the ideals of sustainability and the relationships between individuality, community, country, economy and human development. Steve is a Marda Marda from Miriwoong country in the East Kimberley

Steve lectured at Murdoch University in Australian Indigenous Studies and Sustainability; completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Canberra, and was Senior Researcher for the Nulungu Research Institute of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome. Steve is currently a PhD candidate with the ANU Research School of Social Sciences and a member of the Curatorial Team of the New Museum Project (WA).  He also serves on the boards of; Magabala Books, the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ANU), and is Chair of the AIATSIS Foundation Board.

Doctor Myfany Turpin

Dr Myfany Turpin

Dr Myfany Turpin is a linguist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Sydney. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the relationship between words and music in Aboriginal songs in central Australia. She has been conducting research with Aboriginal communities since 1994. Her research focuses on Aboriginal song-poetry and Arandic languages.

Her research on the Kaytetye language resulted in a co-authored encyclopaedic dictionary, picture dictionary and collection of stories with Kaytetye speaker Alison Ross. She has written scholarly articles in the areas of semantics, music, phonology and ethnobiology and produced audio-visual publications of Aboriginal songs.

She supports school language and culture programs in central Australia and works with local organisations to produce resources and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to assist them in their struggle for cultural and linguistic survival.

She is a member of the Musicological Society of Australia and the Australian Linguistics Society and is a member of the organising committee for the 2017 Linguistics conference.

Geoffrey Winters

Geoffrey Winters

Geoffrey Winters is a proud Kamilaroi man who’s family is from Walgett in north-west New South Wales. 

He is currently a director and lawyer at Chalk & Behrendt, Lawyers & Consultants in Sydney where he practices in the areas of Aboriginal land rights, native title, administrative and government law.  Geoffrey was previously the judicial associate to the Hon. Justice Basten of the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and the Hon Justice Wright of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Geoffrey is also a member of the Board of the New South Wales Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network and in 2017 was awarded the Sister Allison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement by the University of Sydney.

Last reviewed: 29 Jul 2019