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The Russell Taylor Oration 2022

The Russell Taylor Oration is an annual event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the public service and aims to inspire the next generation of First Nations talent in the public sector.

Guest speaker: Jody Broun

12:30 pm - 2 pm (AEDT)

Online event

Jody Broun

Jody Broun is an Yinjibarndi woman from the Pilbara in Western Australia who has maintained strong connections to Country, community and culture throughout her life. 

In February 2022 she became Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Jody is passionate about social justice, community led co-design, and making a difference by changing the way government does business with First Nations communities and stakeholders. She has delivered community and state-wide policy and programs, developed and contributed to national policy reforms, and negotiated national and state government agreements. She has a breadth of experience across housing, health, education, justice, land and culture.

Over the past 30 years Jody has held various senior positions in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to NIAA, she was Group Deputy Secretary Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment where she led work on projects such as Our Place on Country – Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy 2020-23.

In earlier roles, Jody was Chief Executive of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office; Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure in WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment in WA; Director-General at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in NSW; and Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People and Director of NSW and ACT for Australian Red Cross.

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About the Russell Taylor Oration

The Russell Taylor Oration celebrates the achievements and contributions of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in the public service. Established in celebration of the service of former AIATSIS CEO Russell Taylor AM, the oration aims to inspire the next wave of leaders.

Mr Taylor retired as the CEO of AIATSIS in December 2016 and was at the time one of the most senior Indigenous Commonwealth Public Servants. He spent over 20 years in various public sector Senior Executive Service positions.

The Oration acknowledges Russell’s leadership legacy, his service and dedication to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian nation, and his contribution to the Commonwealth Australian Public Service.

Mr Russell Taylor OAM is the longest serving CEO and Principal of the AIATSIS having served two terms, the first from 1997 to 2003, and the second from 2009 to 2016.


Last updated: 21 September 2022