Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson
Graham Atkinson is a community leader committed to social justice and empowering individuals. The Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Elder is an untiring advocate for Traditional Owner groups and his people.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (RMIT University), Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Social Work (University of Melbourne), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Program. He runs his own consultancy firm and has many years’ experience in senior management roles.

Recognised for his leadership qualities, Graham has served on the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Aboriginal Heritage Council of Victoria and the Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group. He chaired Native Title Services Victoria and was a director of the National Native Title Council. Graham sat on the Indigenous Land Corporation board of directors and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. He is also a board member of the  Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

Graham is a Vietnam Veteran, serving in South Vietnam from 1969-1970 as part of National Service training during 1968-1970.  In 2001, Graham was awarded the Centenary Medal. He was a state finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2013. A highly respected role model, Graham remains as committed as ever to enacting positive change to help build a better society for his people and the community.

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