SNAICC – National Voice for our Children is governed by a Board of Directors and a Council made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations.
The Board of Directors is tasked with providing strong cultural and corporate governance to ensure SNAICC’s effectiveness, good management and future prosperity.
The Board of Directors meets four times per year and is made up of six SNAICC Council members identified on the basis on a skills matrix, and the Chairperson.
The Board will be supported through strategic and policy advice from a Council, which will meet twice per year.
The SNAICC Council has been structured this way to bring cross-sector state and territory experience and knowledge to advise on SNAICC policy and strategy and to foster inter-state information exchange and engagement.
Council and Board members will both have a term of two years, and can serve a maximum of four terms in a row.
All Directors and Council members are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Board Members: 2019
Muriel Bamblett – Chairperson
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Muriel is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and one of Australia’s leading experts on Aboriginal child welfare, particularly in the area of child and family services. Muriel has been the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) since 1999, and has returned as Chairperson for SNAICC after holding the position from 1998-2008.
Geraldine Atkinson – Deputy Chairperson
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI)
Geraldine Atkinson is a proud Bangerang/Wiradjuri woman with more than 40 years’ experience in driving high-level government and policy reform in Aboriginal education. Geraldine has been the President for the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc (VAEAI) since 1999. As President, she represents the organisation on Koorie education matters across all education sectors: early childhood, school education, and post compulsory education and training.
“The work of SNAICC is critical for our communities – we represent Aboriginal children, young people and their families across Australia, advocating for better outcomes and ensuring they have a strong cultural identity.”
Rachel Atkinson – Board Secretary
Palm Island Community Company Limited (PICC)
Rachel is a proud Yorta Yorta woman. She was instrumental in the creation of the Palm Island Community Company and has been CEO since its founding in 2007. She is the Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, and a board member of the Queensland First Children and Families Board. She was formerly President of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, and CEO of the Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Service.
“I support the work of SNAICC because of my passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s health, welfare, and human development.”
Tim Ireland – Treasurer
AbSec – NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation
Tim Ireland is a Bundjalung man from northern NSW. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of AbSec since 2015. He has a background in family and community services and Aboriginal community development. Tim previously worked in senior executive roles at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and in Aboriginal community development roles within local government.
“I support SNAICC because they are our national voice for our children and families, ensuring that governments and others are held accountable, and that our organisations and people are represented at the highest levels.”
Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) – SA
Sharron is a Narungga/Kaurna woman who has been the CEO of Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), the peak Aboriginal child welfare organisation in South Australia, since 1997. Sharron’s experience includes 15 years with Correctional Services in strategic and policy development positions. Sharron’s strengths are building relationships with government and industry on behalf of the community, based on respect and a commitment to protecting the rights of the Aboriginal community. Sharron has been with SNAICC since 1999.
Natalie is a descendant of the Gamilaraay/Gamilaroi Nation and the CEO of QATSICPP. As co-chair for Family Matters: Strong communities, Strong culture, Stronger children, Natalie helps drive the national campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in statutory child protection systems. Natalie holds appointments on the Queensland First Children and Families Board and the Joint Ministerial Council for Closing the Gap. She has been involved in youth justice and child protection for the past two decades, providing direct service, program and policy development, and organisational leadership both in Australia and the United States. Natalie remains fiercely committed to progressing a transformational reform agenda for child protection systems in Queensland and nationally.
“I am deeply committed to SNAICC and ensuring that as an organisation, we create the space for Aboriginal people and organisations to lead the change that we aspire to.”
Yorganop Association Incorporated
Kathleen is a proud Widi woman from the Yamatji Nation in Western Australia. She is a Chairperson of Yorganop Association Incorporated and a graduate of Edith Cowan University with a Batchelor of Social Science in Indigenous Services. Kathleen’s background includes having worked in child protection, early childhood and training sector where she developed extensive experience in facilitating, coordinating and delivering programs, particularly in rural and remote communities.
“I see my role as a cultural ambassador. I’m passionate about the rights of children in out-of-home care to cultural knowledge.”
Council Members: 2019
New South Wales
- Muloobinba Aboriginal Corporation
Delegate: Emma Beckett
- Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec)
Delegate: Tim Ireland
- Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Delegate: Carolyn Renehan
- Tangentyere Council
Delegate: Walter Shaw
- Palm Island Community Company Limited (PICC)
Delegate: Rachel Atkinson
- Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd (QATSICPP)
Delegate: Natalie Lewis
- Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS)
Delegate: Sharron Williams
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc.
Name of Delegate: Lisa Coulson
- Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)
Delegate: Geraldine Atkinson
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Delegate: Muriel Bamblett
- Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre
Delegate: Joanne Della Bona
- Yorganop Association Incorporated
Delegate: Kathleen Pinkerton
You can contact members of the SNAICC Board of Directors via the SNAICC office or by contacting the services directly.