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The NSW Government is committed to a 12-month consultation process with Aboriginal communities on their aspirations for a Treaty framework or other formal agreement making process, to be led by three dedicated Commissioners.

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Announcement of A/Head of Aboriginal Affairs, Lil Gordon


Aboriginal Affairs NSW is pleased to announce that Lil Gordon will act as the Head of Aboriginal Affairs from 13 January 2020. Recruitment action is underway to appoint a permanent Head of Aboriginal Affairs following the departure of Jason Ardler, who served tirelessly in this role over the past seven years.

Lil a proud Aboriginal Woman from the vibrant community of Brewarrina – Ngiyampaa (Ngemba) country in Northern NSW.

As a trained teacher, Lil brings over 30 years of experience in education whilst working alongside Aboriginal communities. She brings the wisdom of years of experience across a range of environments including as a Director within TAFE NSW, the CEO of the Barang Regional Alliance and as a teacher in high schools, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Centres.

More recently, Lil has been leading Aboriginal Affairs NSW’s Sydney/Newcastle Regional Teams, leading the establishment of the Kimberwalli (Aboriginal Centre of Excellence) in Western Sydney. In this role she also oversaw the progression of the NSW Aboriginal Languages Act 2017, the establishment of an Aboriginal Languages Trust and a strategic plan to invest in activities intended to reawaken, grow, nurture, promote or raise awareness of Aboriginal Languages.

‘My passion is working alongside our communities in empowering Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to create their own destiny, to provide those opportunities to give us the best chance to be the very best we can with whatever we choose to do. Aboriginal education and training has been my main field along with effective and balanced leadership in building capability with Aboriginal people as well as build understanding and capacity with non-Aboriginal people to recognise their potential in the ‘bigger picture’.’Lil Gordon, A/Head of Aboriginal Affairs.

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