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The Aboriginal Advisory Council (generally known as the Aboriginal Advisory Council of Western Australia or AACWA) is established under Section 18 (1) of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 to advise the WA Government.
It provides a unique opportunity to build genuine, respectful and reciprocal relationships between Aboriginal people and the WA Government to achieve better life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children.
In July 2017, the secretariat responsibility was transferred to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet under machinery of government changes.
The AACWA meets up to six times per year to provide advice on a range of policy matters.
On 22 October 2019, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs announced appointments to the refreshed Aboriginal Advisory Council. Read more in the Appointments to the refreshed Aboriginal Advisory Council announced Media Statement.
For further information, contact the secretariat on the email opposite, or by phone.
Current membershipShow more
Gail Beck, Co-Chair
Ms Beck has generations of continued maternal connection to the Bibbulmun nations of the south-west of Australia.
Ms Beck has a solid awareness of the stolen generations challenges due to her grandmothers being removed, and an awareness of the importance of connected families, including the wellness of the family unit and community. A nurse by trade who then branched out into community development field with and for her people.
Ms Beck is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development State Lead for Australian Red Cross, and proudly serves on City of Cockburn’s Aboriginal Reference Group and Djidji-djidi Aboriginal Women’s Corporation.
Ms Beck attained a BA in Community Management and Adult Education whilst raising her family. Gail is also a passionate volunteer activist opposing the destruction of family connections to each other and country, as well as promoting whole of family health and wellness. Ms Beck has extensive knowledge of native title having worked in the area for South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council for over 11 years.
Ms Beck was an ATSIC regional Councillor (Perth Metro Bibra Ward) and a member of the National Section 13 Women’s Committee. She co-developed NAIDOC Perth, where she volunteered for seven years.
Marty Sibosado, Co-Chair
Mr Sibosado is a Bardi Jawi Traditional Owner and PBC member, whose family are Goolargoon Bardi, originating from Djarindjin Lombadina on the Dampier Peninsular, where they still live.
Mr Sibosado has a 20-year involvement in the Kimberly Aboriginal Regional Authority concept, through the KLC, and the many phases of the Kimberley Aboriginal regional authority modelling in that time with the latest model being the Kimberley Futures Empowered Communities. He has extensive knowledge of Native Title and has been a company manager and board member of Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation in Broome for 20 years. Serving as their business development manager, he is tasked with establishing Aboriginal business opportunities and developing young Indigenous business people.
Ms O’Donnell is a Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal woman from Derby, where she grew up. She has significant experience as a strategic leader in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, focusing on the delivery and ongoing support of Aboriginal programs at a regional, state and national level.
Ms O’Donnell brings extensive expertise and understanding of Aboriginal health, and multiple perspectives on Indigenous issues. She is currently chief executive officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services in Broome, and was chief executive officer of the Derby Aboriginal Health Service for 12 years.
Mr Brown is a Njamal man from the south-east of Port Hedland, and has lived for the past 20 years in Ngarluma Country, in the Karratha district of the West Pilbara. Culture, respect and connection to country are the fundamental essence of his values.
Mr Brown has a strong commitment to Aboriginal affairs in matters surrounding social and economic reforms; locally, regionally and at the state level. He has held numerous positions with government agencies, including Housing, Community Development, Justice, Aboriginal Affairs, ATSIC and DEETYA, as well as with various non-government organisations, including Port Hedland Regional Aboriginal Corporation, Pilbara Meta Maya, Mawarnkarra Health Service and YMAC.
Mr Brown also formerly chaired the Aboriginal Justice Program for the West Pilbara and represented the Pilbara on the State Aboriginal Justice Committee, and was actively involved in the Pilbara Regional Aboriginal Education Advisory Council. He is a Co-Chair of the Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri) leadership group, which was endorsed by the Pilbara Aboriginal Community at the Yule River Bush Meeting in 2017.
Ms Carter is a Senior Cultural Woman of the Miriuwong Gajerrong tribe and a Senior Woman of the Bunuba tribe.
Ms Carter moved to Bohemia Downs Station and assisted Traditional Owners to set up their community Kupartiya, before moving to Fitzroy Crossing to work as an Aboriginal liaison officer. Ms Carter lived in Kununurra and worked with the Kununurra Mental Health Service and as a drug and alcohol counsellor with the Warringarri Aboriginal Organisation. She also lived in Warmun and Derby before returning to Kununurra in 2005.
Ms Carter is Women's Deputy Chair of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC). She serves on the WA Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee and is a board member of MG Corporation and Aarnja Ltd. She served as Deputy Chair of the Kimberley Land Council and sat on the Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trial Working Group.
Ms Dridi is a Nyamal woman with family links to the Martu (Western Desert) and Yaburrah/Mardudthunera Coastal Group. She is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people and has a strong commitment to support and advocate for others.
Having worked in both government and non-government organisations, Ms Dridi has a diverse professional background, including work with the Postmaster General’s Office, WA Museum, Australian Medical Association, WA Justice Department, and the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority, where she helped to establish the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Aboriginal Visitor Scheme. Ms Dridi has been employed as a community development/liaison officer at Nyamal People’s Trust in Port Hedland since 2016. Here, Ms Dridi provides support to Nyamal people by being engaged in both corporate and community decision-making, and helping to ensure members can access services related to health, education, aged-care, youth and women's issues. Key to this role, Ms Dridi must communicate effectively and be culturally aware of how to best advocate on behalf of Nyamal people.
Ms Dridi is also a Co-Chair of the Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri), which was endorsed by the Pilbara Aboriginal Community at the Yule River Bush Meeting in 2017.
Ms Martin is a Mulgyin Jaru/Kitja and Gooniyandi woman, born and raised in Broome WA, who grew up with her mum and grandparents as role models. Ms Martin’s grandparents were part of the stolen generation and lived in Beagle Bay, where her mum was born before moving to Broome.
Ms Martin has a Diploma in Management and Leadership, a Bachelor of Marketing and the Media as well as a Bachelor of Law. She gained her admittance to the Supreme Court of WA as a barrister and solicitor in 2006.
Ms Reynolds-Adamson is an Esperance Nyungar and Mirrning woman who is the current Chairperson of the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ETNTAC), Chairperson of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and has been appointed to the South-West Marine Park Advisory Committee.
Ms Reynolds-Adamson owns and operates Kaata Tidje, which provides a corporate strategic approach to the management of Indigenous issues through a Cultural Competency Framework, and provides cultural competency training to clients across Australia. Ms Reynolds-Adamson is a previous Board member of Indigenous Business Australia, and was the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the role of Newmont Australia’s National Indigenous Relations Manager.