Representing Te Roopu Atawhai
Jill has contributed significantly to cultural policy development and strategies locally and nationally to promote diversity, human rights, and inclusion. She is an active cultural and community development worker and has worked extensively with many diverse communities to ensure they have a cultural voice and has worked closely with the Polynesian community to retain their cultural practices in Australia which has included the building of Australia’s first Waka. She is currently assisting in the development of ECCV’s first Reconciliation Action plan (RAP). She is a proud member of the Northland Collective mob – a group of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people working together for social change and inclusion of our First Nations people.
She is an associate researcher at the Indigenous Academic Unit Moondani Balluk at Victoria University working on the A Fight For Survival Northland project bringing alive Professor Gary Foley’s Aboriginal History Archive, the Foley Collection, through the arts.
She has received an Order of Australia for significant service to the promotion of multicultural and Indigenous art through leadership roles in arts organisations. Jill has been awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award facilitators prize which pays tribute to outstanding excellence in the Arts in Australia. Jill’s leadership work has also been recognised through the VMC awards for Multicultural Excellence.