Charles O'Leary

Charles is a Gamilaroi from Barraba, NSW and currently the Director of Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at The University of Melbourne.

‘My social change proposal is to develop a grounded Indigenous flourishing theory. The primary objective of the theory is to inform the development of future Indigenous Australian social and emotional wellbeing policy and programs; and in turn contribute to the betterment of Indigenous Australians who are currently in state of survival or languishing to transition into a state of flourishing. ‘

Charles leads the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous student, staff and community engagement programs, and the Academy of Sport Health and Education in Shepparton. He is Chair and Board Director of Wangal United - a newly formed Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in the west of Melbourne.


‘My vision is for Aboriginal people to transcend the discourse and lived experience of disadvantage in the belief that Australian Aboriginal spirit is strong with an unbroken connection to time, space, and place. In doing so the Aboriginal they will free themselves from the bondage of colonised oppression and be liberated to live the life they choose.’