Professor Muriel Bamblett is a proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja woman and one of Australia’s leading experts on Aboriginal child welfare. She has been Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency since 1999.
Muriel has long been an active advocate for having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaged and involved in the issues that affect them. She’s worked tirelessly to ensure the children in these communities maintain a strong connection with their cultural identity.
She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours for her services to the community, particularly through leadership in the provision of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
She has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Centenary of Federation Medal; the 2003 Robin Clark Memorial Award for Inspirational Leadership in the Field of Child and Family Welfare; the Women’s Electoral Lobby Inaugural Vida Goldstein Award; and in 2011, was inducted into the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and was a finalist for a Human Rights Medal with the Australian Human Rights Commission.