Barney-Leitch community rep on public sector council

QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Australians) Angela Barney Leitch. | Newsreel
QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Australians) Angela Barney-Leitch. | Photo: Supplied by QUT

QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Australians) Angela Barney-Leitch has been appointed to the Queensland Government’s Public Sector Governance Council as a community representative.

The Council provides oversight for the Even better public sector for Queensland strategy 2024-2028.

She will join the council’s public sector leaders, Premier and Cabinet Director General Mike Kaiser, Under Treasurer Michael Carey and Public Sector Commissioner David Mackie.

Ms Barney-Leitch is a Woppaburra Gaumi Enkil and Land Trustee whose country is the Keppel Islands off the coast of central Queensland.

She has more than 30 years of experience working in and with State and Federal Governments, the tertiary sector, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations.

Ms Barney-Leitch has significant experience in Indigenous Australian education and strategic policy.

For more than 20 years she worked within and led Queensland government policy and strategy units. She was the Director of Indigenous Policy and Strategic Innovation for the Queensland Department of Education and has been the Chair and Queensland representative on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group, providing strategic policy advice to the National Education Council.

Since joining QUT in 2019, Ms Barney-Leitch has successfully refocused Indigenous Australian priorities, plans and spaces to align with Indigenous sovereignty and voice, as well as QUT’s overall strategic planning to incorporate the needs and visibility of Indigenous Australians.

As part of this, QUT will establish Australia’s first Faulty of Indigenous Knowledges and Culture in 2024. The faculty will offer education and research programs for all QUT students and partner organisations, in an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence is supported and celebrated.

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