Penelope Jones

Penelope Jones is a Director in the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Budget Branch.

 ‘My social change project is a call to action to inspire non-Indigenous Australians to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flourishing.’

Penelope’s career has spanned several Government Departments, focusing on Indigenous health, welfare reform, disability policy, research and evaluation. She has worked in post-crisis Timor-Leste and Haiti as a diplomat and then an aid worker. She further developed her knowledge of social change through a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University. Penelope is a Board Director of Beryl Women Inc, Australia’s longest-running women’s refuge.

‘Australia doesn’t have to be a country known for inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. But to make Australia fairer, all of us need to contribute. My project will encourage the 97 per cent of the population who are not Indigenous to take action in their sphere of influence to support Indigenous well-being.’