Date: 
Thursday 9 February 2017

The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome June Oscar AO as the incoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

Ms Oscar, a proud Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia, has devoted her career to improving the health and welfare of Indigenous people, particularly those living in remote areas.

Ms Oscar is well known for leading a successful campaign in the Kimberley region to restrict alcohol in a bid to curb Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as violence, crime, injury and death.

“My colleagues and I at the Commission are delighted that, for the first time, an Indigenous woman has been officially appointed to become the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.

“I would also like to thank the outstanding work of Robynne Quiggin, who has been Deputy Commissioner to the Acting Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner since Mick Gooda stepped down in 2016.”

Ms Oscar will commence her five-year term from April 3, 2017.