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Dr Colin Dillon AM APM

Dr Dillon is an Indigenous Australian and a descendent of the “Kumbumerri” people of the Yugambeh nation whose traditional country covers all of Queensland’s Gold Coast and its environs. He commenced his training as a probationary constable in the Queensland Police Force in January 1965 two years before the 1967 Referendum. He was the first ever of his race to join a police force anywhere in the nation. On 31 March 1965 after completion of his training he was inducted into the Queensland Police Force. He served a distinguished thirty-six career working in both plain clothes and uniform.  In January 1991 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector of Police.

In January 1992 in the Honours and Awards he was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) with the citation “For distinguished service to the Queensland Police Force”. In February 2000 he was admitted to and awarded an honorary award of Doctor of the University by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2013 he was made a Member of The Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the Indigenous community.

He is the current President and Chairperson of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) and radio station 98.9FM and has held this position since 2011.

Other achievements in his long involvement in Indigenous Affairs are:

  • Appointed by the Federal Government 2007 – 2011 as a member of the National Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Committee
  • Appointed by the Federal Government as a Board member and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, 2000 – 2003 and 2005 – 2008
  • Engaged as the Senior Advisor on Indigenous affairs to the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, 2003 – 2006
  • Led community engagement in introducing Alcohol Management Plans in Indigenous Communities throughout Queensland
  • Appointed by the Federal Government as the National Commissioner to the Board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), 1996 -1999 and given the portfolio responsibility of over viewing the recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC)
  • Elected as a Councilor to the ATSIC Regional Council for South East Queensland, 2001 – 2003
  • Appointed to Council of the Queensland University of Technology, 2001 – 2004
  • Lecturer in the School of Justice at the QUT, 2007 – 2008
  • Chairperson of the QUT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, 2003 – 2007
  • Acting Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland (UoQ), 2010 – 2011
  • In 1988 he was the (whistle blower) and first serving police officer to voluntarily appear before the Fitzgerald Commission of Inquiry and give first hand evidence under oath of corruption within the police force
  • He is the current President and Chairperson of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) and radio station 98.9FM and has held this position since 2011
  • After taking voluntary retirement from the Queensland Police Service in April 2001 he worked as an Indigenous advisor in a private prison in Perth Western Australia
  • He worked as an Official Visitor in Queensland’s largest Correctional Centre at Woodford for almost six years and resigned from that role in 2015
  • In 2013 he was made a Member of The Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the Indigenous community