ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES - ABS CONTACTS


National Information and Referral Service

The National Information and Referral Service is the first point of contact for all your statistical and publication enquiries.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Post: Client Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 796, Sydney
2001

Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (CoATSIS)

Contact:
Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10, Belconnen ACT 2616

Email: coeatsis@abs.gov.au

Role:

The Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics has a leadership and coordination role for national statistical activity about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The broad objectives of the Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics are:

  • informing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organisations, and the wider community about statistics and statistical issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including demographic composition, social conditions and health status;
  • providing governments with reliable statistical information on Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population that can be used to support policy development and evaluation;
  • assessing, reporting and promoting improvements in the quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics from ABS and other survey administrative collections;
  • supporting best practice in the enumeration of statistics related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and in relevant quantitative methods;
  • assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the effective use of statistics; and
  • ensuring that broad consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community remains a key strategy in the coordination and development of national statistics.

Engagement Manager's Unit

Role:

The ABS has a combination of Engagement Managers and Engagement Officers in various State and Territory offices throughout Australia. Their role is to:

  • engage with urban and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collaborative partnerships to increase understanding of and participation in ABS collections;
  • return information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including the provision of statistical training to communities in order to increase their access and usage of ABS information; and
  • Improve the quality and relevance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for key stakeholders including meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


MEET THE ENGAGEMENT MANAGERS AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICERS:


Victoria and Tasmania
Melinda Mansell
(03) 6222 5751













Chenile Chandler
(03) 9615 7110






Ya (Hello) My name is Melinda Mansell. I am a Palawa woman from lutruwita (Tasmania), my family come from Flinders Island and Cape Barren. I joined the ABS in October 2020 as the Engagement Manager for the state.
I have worked in State and Commonwealth departments for over 20 years, I last worked for Service Australia supporting Child Support customers over 11 years.
I look forward to working with the Tasmanian and Victorian communities,
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Ki (Hello), my name Is Chenile Chandler. I am a Wurundjeri woman of the Kulin Nations. I first started at the ABS in September 2018 as an EA to the Program Manager of Indigenous and Social Statistics Branch. I have growing experience and an extensive connection to my Aboriginal culture and community in Victoria, being part of youth mentor groups, advisory groups and most recently being invited to be on the Assessment panel of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Stepping into the Engagement role in February 2020, I look forward to further empowering our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations by building relationships and expanding their understanding and knowledge of our datasets. This way organisations and communities are able to tell their story, through their data, and make informed decisions of how it can be used that is most beneficial to them.

South Australia
Greg McCulloch
(08) 8237 7309











Mark Elliott
(08) 8237 7431




Nankeri nanggi (Good day) my name is Greg McCulloch I am a Ngarrindjeri man from the lower Coorong lakes area in SA. I worked for 2 years in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison role with Medicare before starting my employment with the ABS in January 2010. The ABS places a high priority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement. This strategic direction affords me the opportunity to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with their data needs. Access to ABS data can facilitate communities making evidenced based decisions on budget priorities. Nakan ya (See you later).








My name is Mark Elliott and I am a Ngarrindjeri man from the Coorong area of SA. My mother was Dawn Trevorrow, a respected Elder and Stolen Generations survivor. I have spent the last 30 years working with my Aboriginal community in areas such as Health and Education and Training and I also worked for the ABS during the 2016 Census and the Marriage Law Survey on a casual basis. I started in my current full-time role with the ABS in December 2019 and I look forward to engaging with Communities all over South Australia.
Albert Melville
My name is Albert Melville, I was born in Darwin and my family is from Jawoyn country north east of Katherine. I started in the public sector in 2007 in the SA Department of Treasury and Finance, and have had various roles working in records management, project support and admin support. I joined the ABS in 2015 through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) and worked in the SA Census RMU in the Targeted Strategies team. After the completion of the 2016 Census I worked within Office Services from December 2016 and in June 2019 I was fortunate enough to gain a role within the Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (CoEATSIS) team as a program support officer. I am using and building my skills and experience to support the CoEATSIS team to assist communities across Australia.

Queensland
Annmarie Campbell
(07) 3222 6386
Hello, my name is Annmarie Campbell. My Aboriginal history is from Gunditjmara Victoria, but I grew up in Bunerong area of Victoria. I have worked with the Australian Public Service since 1990 with Department of Social Security which is now Department of Human Services. I have had various roles within DHS including Indigenous Liaison Officer and most recently working as a psychologist/rehabilitation counsellor in assessment services. As of the 1 July 2014 I became the Engagement Manager in the Queensland ABS office. I look forward to learning about the Queensland culture and sharing a bit of my Victorian culture.
Emma Hart
(07) 3222 6203











Robyn Learmouth
(07) 3222 6054




Hello my name is Emma Hart, I am a Mandandanji / Pitta-Pitta women from Roma Southwest Queensland. I joined the ABS in 2015 through the Indigenous Government Development Programme. I've worked on the 2016 Census, the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey and assisted with Census Return of Information. As the Engagement Officer for Queensland I look forward to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to tell their story through data.









Hello, my name is Robyn Learmouth, My grandfather was a Gangalidda man from Mornington Island and my grandmother was a Kanjuu woman from Cape York. I spent most of my childhood growing up in Weipa and Old Mapoon before moving to Cairns. I joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) under the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme 2020. Previous to joining the ABS I worked in Queensland Government for 9.5 years and am looking forward to working within the communities and alongside our First Nations people and Torres Strait Islander people.

New South Wales
Lucy-Ann Quartey
(02) 9268 4123
Maiem (Hello), Kapu Goiga (Good Day) - My name is Lucy-Ann Quartey. My family are from both the Eastern (Mer) and Western (Badu) Regions of the Torres Strait. I was born on the lands of the Gadigal people and have spent most of my life on Darug land in Western Sydney. I’ve had a variety of roles within my 12+ years in the Australian Public Service working for agencies such as; the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and most recently with the Department of Human Services as an Indigenous Services Officer (ISO). I started with the ABS in January 2019 as the NSW Engagement Manager. I look forward to continuing to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here in NSW, as I am passionate in ensuring that communities have the access and knowledge to feel empowered to tell their stories through statistical information.


Merinda Rose
(02) 9268 4054
Yaama (Hello). My name is Merinda Rose, I am a proud Gamilaraay woman from Walgett in NSW. I started my working career as a trainee Administration Officer for Mid Western Area Health in Bathurst NSW. Upon the completion of my traineeship I commenced work with the Department of Education as a Literacy Aide for Aboriginal students. After a year with Education I decided to secure my future a bit more and took up the opportunity to work with Centrelink, which later became Department of Human Services (DHS). I was with DHS for 18 years and I performed many different roles including Customer Service Officer, Indigenous Program Support Manager, Indigenous Service Officer and at times relief of mainstream roles. I am a trained mentor and formally mentored 4 apprentices in my last 2 years with DHS. I have 8 years of experience in community engagement which led me to complete a Diploma in Community Services in 2018. In November 2019 I started with the ABS in the role of Engagement Officer - NSW. My passion is working with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across NSW,

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Northern Territory
Sharon Hewitt
(08) 8943 2123
My name is Sharon Hewitt; I am a Warrumunga woman from Tennant Creek, NT. I also have connection to the Daly River/Pt Keats region through my husband and 3 sons where I spend a lot of time. I am a long term APS employee commencing in DEETYA, and have held a variety of roles primarily in remote engagement in Centrelink/DHS as an ISO, Team Leader and Snr Project Officer, FAHCSIA/PMC as a Snr Program Manager and NDIA as a Team Leader and Snr Partnership Officer. I was successful in securing the ABS Engagement Manager, NT in January 2019 and am looking forward to promoting awareness of the ABS and increasing participation and understanding of services available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.


Jade Quakawoot
My name is Jade, my family is from Yuwibara land in Queensland, but I now live in Darwin on Larrakia land. Once I finished school, in 2013 I was successful in an Indigenous Graduate Program with Department of Human Services. In September 2015 I transferred to the ABS as Executive Assistance / Office Support. In April 2018 I joined the Engagement Managers Unit, CoEATSIS and have since been doing logistical roles with different projects. Throughout my time in the APS I have enjoyed working in teams assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I am excited about continuing this work as a member of the Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.

Western Australia
Kristy Cochrane
(08) 9360 5255















Hi, my name is Kristy. I am a Noongar woman from Perth and have connection to many places in the South West of WA through both my maternal and paternal families. I started with the ABS in January 2019 and am committed to working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the organisations that service them to ensure they are empowered through use of ABS data. For most of my career I have worked in Vocational education and training. This includes working on business development, national learning and development programs with multinational companies, and managing operations for national registered training organisations. I am very passionate about engagement and look forward to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within WA and to support my colleagues nationally.

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