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Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland. He is well known in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia, having advocated and represented on behalf of Aboriginal people for the last 25 years. Mick possesses extensive experience working in remote, rural and urban environments, and has knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Indigenous peoples throughout Australia.
Mick's work history has involved the delivery of policy and program development and advocacy in Queensland, Victoria, the ACT, and Western Australia, where he was the Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) State office. He was the CEO of ATSIC, and possibly its last employee. He was also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH).
In February 2010, Mick will started a five-year appointment as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.