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People and Structure
Our Board and Staff are integral to realising our organisational vision.

The Federation Board is made up of representatives from each of its member Traditional Owner Corporations.


Rodney Carter

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Rodney is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung people and resides at Bendigo in Central Victoria. He currently works for his people, the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd.

A defining moment for Rodney was negotiating the Dja Dja Wurrung people’s native title settlement at 2013. Rodney was a member of the Dja Dja Wurrung negotiation team that negotiated a settlement agreement with the State of Victoria over a period of three years that resulted in his people signing a ‘Recognition and Settlement Agreement’ on the 24th October 2013 with the State of Victoria.

DJAARA member


Cassandra Lewis

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DJAARA member


Nicole Cassar

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Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Member


Marcus Clarke

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Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Member


Uncle Norm (Tinawin) Wilson

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First Peoples of the Millewa Mallee Aboriginal Corporation Member


Shane Clarke

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Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation Member


Perry Wandin

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Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Council Member


Paul Paton 

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Paul is a Gunnai and Monaro man with a long involvement in reconnecting individuals and communities with language, culture and identity.

He has held several executive roles and directorships including as the Executive Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and as a Director on the Board of First Nations Legal & Research Services.

Paul is committed to building on the Federation’s success as a key organisation that strengthens the voice of Traditional Owners in Victoria. He brings his knowledge, skills and networks to work closely with Traditional Owners across the State to support their aspirations for community and Country whilst taking up the challenge for self-determination and Treaty.

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0422 808 668


Ben Gordon

Operations Manager


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James Hackel

Natural Resource and Economic Development Manager


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Alexandra Hill

Senior Communications Advisor


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Daniel McIntyre

Project Officer, Aboriginal Economic Development


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Reece O’Brien

Principal Advisor, Economic Development


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Louissa Rogers

Senior Natural Resource Management Advisor


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Kurt Sutton

Senior Policy Advisor Nation Building and Natural Resource Management

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Tanya Vernes

Principal Advisor, Natural Resource Management


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Jill Webb

Manager, Nation Building


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Organisational Structure


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People and Structure