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Practice Paper – What does Path to Treaty mean for the child protection system.


Tuesday 16 May 2023 from 5.30 PM, Presentation commences at 6.00 PM 

Venue:  Hilton Hotel, Samford Room, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane 

Livestream ticket option available

Topic : What does Path to Treaty mean for the child protection system.

About this paper:

The Path to Treaty is a shared journey between the Queensland Government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people – a key reform with the ultimate goal of negotiating a treaty, or treaties. It is envisioned that achieving treaty or treaties will benefit all Queenslanders and provide an opportunity to cultivate a new relationship with First Nations peoples and share in more than 65,000 years of rich history and culture.  This paper will explore Queensland’s Path to Treaty so far, anticipated progress and the intersection of that journey and the child protection system so far and as we progress


Mr Mick Gooda

Mick’s people are the Ghungalu from the Dawson Valley in Central Queensland.  He has spent the last 30 years advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.  He was appointed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in February 2020 and held that position until September 2016, when he was appointed Co-Commissioner on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.  Mick has undertaken work in a wide range of roles such as the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, Native Title Consultant with the Western Australian Aboriginal Legal Service, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, ATSIC. Mick has chaired the Queensland Stolen Wages Reparation Taskforce, the National Centre of Indigenous Genomics and was a member of the Expert Panel and the Referendum Council which were convened to advise the Federal Government on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian constitution.  Mick was also co-chair of the Queensland First Children and Families Board which is tasked with overseeing reforms to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system, and First Nations Housing Advisor to the Queensland Government.

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Legislation, with the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Jason has qualifications in Law and Social Work and a Masters in Social Work and has 25 years of professional experience across areas including child safety, youth justice, youth development, disability policy and forensic disability. Over the past seven years Jason has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and legislation. Most recently this work has included providing leadership on key strategic reforms including Closing the Gap, the Voice to Government reform and the Path to Treaty.

Helena Wright

Executive Director, Delegated Authority Office of the Chief Practitioner, Child and Family Services, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.

Helena is a Kabi Kabi woman from the Sunshine Coast with connections to the Gulf through her Stolen Generation great grandma. She is a long term public servant, working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focussed areas across the Queensland, Australian and Northern Territory Governments for over 28 years. Along with many years based in Brisbane, Helena has worked in the Far North Queensland Region, spending four years in Cairns as the Regional Manager for Prime Minister and Cabinet, in the North West region (living and working on Mornington Island) and recently spending three years in Darwin working for Territory Families. She is mum to two kidults (a public service manager and an architect). Helena’s husband is a social worker with Centrelink who specialises in suicide intervention. Helena is currently the Executive Director, Delegated Authority in the Office of the Chief Practitioner, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.


Melissa Wilson, Senior Director, Courts Services Queensland

Melissa Wilson is the Senior Director of Courts Reform – People and Culture, in Courts Services Queensland. Melissa has a background in operational policy and is passionate about social justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.

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