SNAICC’23 is set to be our biggest national conference yet, with over 100 sessions featuring a range of paper presentations, panel discussions, yarning circles and workshops.

Here are just a few of this year’s amazing presenters. Click on each image to read their bio.

An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine is a leading advocate in upholding the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, influencing and driving positive change. As CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children, she works to strengthen, represent and amplify the voices of children and families. Catherine has held senior management positions in national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, leading teams, overseeing workplace transformations, and advocating for policy reform. She is a key member of the Coalition of Peaks and is involved in ongoing work under the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. Her leadership and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led partnerships and governance is critical to addressing the gaps and needs of the early years, particularly the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care and ensuring access to quality Aboriginal community-controlled early childhood education and support services.

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 hold the position from 1998-2008.

Alyawarre woman Pat Anderson is co-chair of the Uluru Dialogues and has been a powerful social justice advocate for many years. She was born and grew up on Larrakia land in Darwin, working in health, education and child safety. In 2007 she co-authored the landmark report Little Children Are Sacred. A recipient of the 2021/22 Sydney Peace Prize on behalf of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Ms Anderson was Co-chair on the Referendum Council which consulted with hundreds of Indigenous people to deliver the historic Uluru Statement in May 2017. She has been tireless in her work promoting the Uluru Statement, promoting the need for Voice so Governments listen to solutions put forward by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Rob McPhee has been the Chief Executive Officer for Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin since August 2021. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services for six years. Rob’s people are from Derby in the West Kimberley and from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He has an undergraduate degree in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. He has is passionate about social justice for Indigenous people, and has held a number of roles including teaching positions at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, and has worked as a senior adviser in community relations and Indigenous affairs to the oil and gas industry.

The daughter of an Arrernte man and a Gurdanji woman, Pat was raised in Alice Springs. As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Pat has over 40 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in government, business, and academia including being the only Aboriginal person, only woman and longest serving CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission (ATSIC). Amongst her many appointments, she also spent 18 months as Monash Chair of Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and was inaugural CEO of NITV. Pat is the Lead Convenor of the Coalition of Peaks and Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap. Pat holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Canberra where she was awarded the University prize for Development Studies.

Nooky is the co-founder of We Are Warriors, the award winning platform designed to spotlight Blak excellence and encourage the next generation to “see it to be it”. Having faced his own uncomfortable truths, We Are Warriors founder Nooky recognised the need to create a platform to give Mob something to aspire to, to unlock their own Warrior spirit and drive positive change. Nooky is also a vital voice in the Australian music landscape, known for his no-holds-barred, hyperactive brand of rap. He’s worked with brands from G-Shock to Geedup while also making beats and producing. In 2021, he started hosting triple j’s ‘Blak Out’, showcasing Indigenous excellence on one of Australia’s biggest radio stations.

Ben is a design leader known globally for his transformative work with brands and company culture. In 2020, he launched R/GA APAC’s Brand Design & Consulting Practice (BDC), a unit set up to develop, design and deliver meaningful brands for business and organisations. Cultivating a diverse and radical team of APAC’s best visual, verbal and strategy designers with an innovative, high-performing and collaborative culture, the practice has grown by over 80% year-on-year. BDC’s impactful and globally awarded work includes We Are Warriors, the award winning platform designed to spotlight Blak excellence and encourage the next generation to “see it to be it”.

24- year old J-MILLA is a proud member of the Mak Mak Marranungu people, who are the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park in the NT. Born in Darwin J-MILLA's life started hard from the get-go; yet he managed to find a way to stand outside the intergenerational trauma pathway that affects so many Aboriginal families. Losing himself in music and storytelling was what got him through and it was this part of his culture that he clung to. When he noticed the power of narrative and its influence on those around him; mainly his brothers and sister - J-MILLA’s passion for writing lyrics and telling his own stories began. J-MILLA used this passion like a weapon to maintain a healthy mental state for himself and his sibling. Committed to mob, 2022 and 2023 saw J-MILLA travel to Garma, Maningrida, Groote Eyelandt, Beswick, the APY Lands and Wadeye remote NT Aboriginal communities where he hosted motivational workshops and performed concerts. However, it was his mentor-work with troubled youth in the remote NT community of Maningrida that caught the attention of triple j UE who added a song called "No Problem" by Lil Youngins about the current system that stigmatised Aboriginal youth in Australia to their official playlist in April 2023.

This year’s program is made possible by the following organisations, associations and entities who will be presenting at SNAICC’23:

  • 54 Reasons
  • Abcare
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connected Men, Deadly Workplace Network
  • Aboriginal Co-operative Mutjang bupuwingarrak mukman Program
  • Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd
  • Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT
  • Anglicare NT
  • Australian Centre for Child Protection
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
  • BA Architects
  • Benevolent Society
  • Bermagui Public School
  • Boomerang Consultancy
  • Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child And Family Centre
  • Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
  • Central Land Council
  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID)
  • Children’s Court of Victoria
  • Children’s Ground
  • Close Don Dale NOW!
  • Coalition of Peaks
  • Community Services Directorate ACT
  • Connected Beginnings Angurugu
  • Connected Beginnings Galiwin’ku
  • CREATE Foundation
  • Curijo
  • Curtin University
  • Danila Dilba Aboriginal Health Service
  • Department of Communities WA
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Education NSW
  • Department of Education SA
  • Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
  • Dooga Waalitj Healing
  • Durungul Minds/ Attunga Yoga
  • East Arnhem Children’s Services
  • Family Drug Treatment Court Victoria
  • First Peoples Disability Network
  • Goodstart Early Learning
  • Griffith University
  • Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
  • Healing Circle Psychology
  • Hearing Australia
  • Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)
  • iTalk studios
  • J-Milla
  • Karla Kuliny Aboriginal Corporation
  • Larrakia Nation
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Maari Ma Aboriginal Health
  • MacKillop Family Services
  • Macquarie University
  • Marlpa Jungu Jintangka
  • Moorditch Gurlongga Association Inc
  • Moriarty Foundation
  • Mulungu Family Care Service
  • Mungabareena Aboriginal Coorporation
  • Nama Jalu
  • National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
  • National Family Matters Leadership Group
  • National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Nayi (look at) Ngurungal (tomorrow)
  • Ngunya Jarjum Child and Family Network
  • Ngurupai Early Childhood Advisory Group
  • Ninti One Limited
  • Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC)
  • NPY Women’s Council
  • Office of the Children’s Commissioner NT
  • Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People SA
  • Our Booris Our Way Implementation Oversight Committee
  • Ozchild
  • Palm Island Community Company
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP)
  • Queensland Family and Child Commission
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Reconciliation Australia
  • REFOCUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Family Support Services
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Rumbalara
  • SNAICC – National Voice for our Children
  • Strongbala Pipul Wanbala Bois Komiti
  • Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services (TAIHS)
  • Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre & Director Aboriginal Children’s Centre
  • Tharawal Child and Family Centre
  • Tweddle Foundation and Australian Association for Infant Mental Health
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organsations (VACCHO)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)
  • Victorian Commission for Children and Young People
  • Waminda – South Coast Women’s Health and Wellbeing Aboriginal Corporation
  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
  • We Are Warriors
  • Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yappera Children’s Service
  • Yipirinya School
  • Yorganop
  • Yorgum Healing Services
  • Yuendumu School
  • Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yurrumpi Child and Family Centre