21 March 2019
In joining the Board of Opportunity Child, I’m looking forward to supporting the driving of community led initiatives that provides the strongest possible foundations for young people and their families to not only survive, but thrive. This can only be accomplished if we listen deeply to local communities and then fiercely advocate to amplify their voice and the policy settings to achieve this.
A proud member of the Eastern Maar people of the Gunditjmara nation in South West Australia, Jason has dedicated himself to achieving cultural change and organisational transformation in Australia for more than two decades. He is committed to closing the gap and advancing self-determination for Aboriginal communities and their children.
Currently Jason is Managing Director of Mifsud Consulting, working with clients from across the community, government and private sectors on the design, implementation and monitoring of solutions relating to Indigenous affairs, diversity and inclusion.
Prior to starting his own business, Jason was the Executive Director of Aboriginal Australia, part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VIC). In the role he led a whole-of-government Aboriginal Affairs reform agenda that delivered a significant organisational change management program, and the strategy, architecture and governance arrangements to embed the policy framework for Aboriginal self-determination. He also oversaw an Australian first, designing a roadmap to Treaty agreement.
A former player and coach, Jason was also the AFL’s first Senior Advisor on Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs and was pivotal in establishing the AFL Indigenous Advisory Board.
Jason is a Harvard Business School Alumni, a Director for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Director of the Melbourne Grammar Foundation and Chair of the Melbourne Grammar Indigenous Advisory Committee. He is the Chair of the Victorian Federation of Traditional Owner Corporation, a member of the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group and Telstra Indigenous Advisory Board and has recently been appointed to the Deakin University, MBA Advisory Board and the Diversity Council of Australia, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait External Advisory Panel.
“We are honoured to gain access to Jason’s vast systems change and aboriginal affairs experience and look forward to working with him to accelerate OC’s work and influence better outcomes for disadvantaged indigenous children in Australia” said Opportunity Child CEO Dr. Dianne Jackson.