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MARCUS STEWART
CEO

Marcus Stewart is a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation. He is a seasoned negotiator and strategist with more than 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs. He has held several senior positions in management and possesses renowned experience across several levels of government. He has assisted in the implementation of a number of strategies and policies through senior roles in State Government and as the CEO of Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

His broad understanding of politics, policy and the challenges facing Traditional Owners gives Marcus the ability to lead the Federation and be a voice of change. He is a committed believer in ensuring Traditional Owners are at the forefront of the decision-making process for self-determination and in achieving economic independence. He remains passionate about forging new pathways to improve outcomes for Aboriginal families and communities.


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JASON MIFSUD
CHAIRMAN

Jason Mifsud is a proud member of the Eastern Maar people of the Gunditjmara nation in South West Victoria and for the past twenty years has been leading cultural change and organisational transformation across the community, corporate and government sectors.

Jason is currently the Managing Director of Mifsud Consulting. Mifsud Consulting excels in demystifying complex issues and focuses on practical, timely and measurable outcomes for their clients.

Prior to starting his own business, Jason was the Executive Director for Aboriginal Victoria at the Department of Premier and Cabinet where he led the whole-of government Aboriginal Affairs reform agenda between the Victorian Government and Victorian Aboriginal community. This included establishing the architecture and governance arrangements to embed Aboriginal self-determination in cultural, social and economic policy as well as the road-map to a Treaty agreement, an Australian first.

A former AFL player and coach, Jason was the first Executive Advisor on Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs for the Australian Football League (AFL) overseeing significant reach, growth and impact and was pivotal in establishing the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council.

Jason’s career has been underpinned by fearless leadership and tireless advocacy and negotiation for Indigenous rights, recognition and reconciliation.

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JANINE COOMBS
DEPUTY CHAIR


Janine is a Wotjoboluk woman and  Deputy Chair of Barengi Gadjin Land Council, a member of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee,  a member of the University of Melbourne's Traditional Owner and Elders Reference Group,  an adviser on Collingwood Football Club's Reconciliation Action Plan Committee,  a Director of Barpa Construction and a member of the working group for Treaty in Victoria.  Janine was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.


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WENDY BERICK
CHAIR, NRM SUBCOMMITTEE

Wendy is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta descendent born on Yorta Yorta Country in Echuca.  She works as the Aboriginal People and Cultural Advisor at Parks Victoria ensuring the wellbeing and cultural safety of its Aboriginal workforce and Traditional Owner Partners.  She is a founding Director of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Chair of its Natural Resource Management (NRM) sub-committee. Wendy also sits on the Right People for Country committee. 

Wendy is an accomplished artist working with ochre, charcoal and acrylics. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Victoria and the Dreamtime Festival at Brimbank Park. Wendy received the NAIDOC Victorian Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award in 1992 and only recently rekindled her artistic skills after finishing her involvement in the successful native title negotiations of the Dja Dja Wurrung People of Central Victoria in 2013.