Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, is pleased to announce Jody Broun as the next Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
Ms Broun, a Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara in Western Australia, will become the most senior Indigenous person in the Australian Public Service.
“I am immensely proud that the National Indigenous Australians Agency will be led by an Indigenous woman of Ms Broun’s calibre,” Minister Wyatt said.
“She is a highly respected public servant and is passionate about community-led co-design, the economic empowerment of Indigenous Australians and that education is a key driver of positive change in our communities.
“Ms Broun will bring a wealth of experience across housing, health, education, justice, land and culture, and most notably working through the intricacies of Commonwealth and State and Territory relations in a number of senior roles in different jurisdictions.
“With a national network to leverage, I am confident she is the right person to deliver on the Government’s objectives to achieve the best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“I am thrilled we are able to appoint such an accomplished and talented Aboriginal woman to this role.”
The National Indigenous Australians Agency has spearheaded a number of significant projects since its establishment in 2019.
“I want to thank former CEO Ray Griggs AO, CSC, for his leadership in overseeing the establishment and expansion of the Agency. Mr Griggs has been critical to the success of the NIAA and I thank him for his service,” Minister Wyatt said.
“I would also like to thank Mr Blair Exell for his stewardship of the Agency over the last six months, as acting CEO. In that time, the Agency delivered a number of significant projects, including the final report for the Indigenous voice and the recently announced Ngurra Cultural Precinct.”
Ms Broun will commence a five-year term on 14 February. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Housing Office and Group Deputy Secretary of Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in the New South Wales Government.