Reappointment of Mick Gooda as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

10 December 2014

The Government has decided to recommend to His Excellency the Governor-General the reappointment of Mr Mick Gooda as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The appointment will be for a period of two years commencing on 1 February 2015.

Mr Gooda has been an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 25 years and was first appointed to this role within the Australian Human Rights Commission in February 2010.

During that time, Mr Gooda has provided thoughtful leadership across a range of Indigenous policy issues.

In particular, in his role as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Gooda has been a strong advocate for the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. During this time, he has worked closely with Indigenous and community leaders, constitutional experts and parliamentary members to support progress towards a referendum for reform of the Australian Constitution.

Mr Gooda has co-chaired the Close the Gap Campaign, which aims to raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to that of the non-Indigenous population. In the past year alone, Mr Gooda has played an integral role in progressing the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023, and in launching the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap Report in early 2014.

I look forward to Mr Gooda’s continued contribution in this role.