Australasian Housing Institute

Sam Jeffries

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Sam Jeffries is a proud Mooraworri man. Born and raised in Brewarrina NSW, he has lived in north-western NSW for much of his life and has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs since leaving school.

His long-term leadership has been fundamental to the evolution of sustainable, authentically Aboriginal regional and local governance models through the ATSIC Murdi Paaki Regional Council and, later, Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly; and to ongoing negotiation of partnerships with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.  He has co-authored two Indigenous policy journals and presented many conference papers on public policy matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, Sam played a significant role in major investments for Aboriginal education, training, employment and business.

Recently, he has achieved recognition of the regional governance structure that he leads as a vehicle for Local Decision Making LDM under the NSW Aboriginal Affairs policy OCHRE. This will impact significantly on the way state government service delivery in Western NSW, by re-aligning resources to match community priorities.

Sam has held a range of other senior positions, directorships and adjunct academic appointments and is currently Chairperson, National Centre for Cultural Competence at Sydney University.