Michelle is a Gomeroi woman born in Moree (NSW), who is dedicated to creating pathways to economic development and social equity. She has over 13 years public sector experience with the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Department of Finance and now the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, leading policy design and analysis and program implementation.
Over the past 12 months Michelle has been Executive Officer to the Indigenous Affairs Group’s Associate and Deputy Secretaries at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as temporarily filling the role of Executive Officer to the Secretary. In these roles she has provided advice and influence on a range of complex issues, including in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.
While working on the Prison to Work Report in 2016, Michelle was inspired by the stories of incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This led her to seek opportunities to establish social enterprises to assist women’s exit from prison. Michelle plans to research successful social enterprises to test, adapt and implement a framework to measure individual success over a ten-year period.
Michelle has completed short-term placements with the Central Australia Regional Network Office in Alice Springs and Cape York Institute, demonstrating commitment to sharing knowledge, expanding networks and supporting Indigenous leaders. She completed a Bachelor of (Indigenous) Community Management at Macquarie University in 2009.