Sam Jeffries

Sam Jeffries

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Sam Jeffries is a proud Mooraworri/Wiradjuri man. Born and raised in Brewarrina NSW. Sam has spent practically all his life in north western NSW, having long term involvement in the development of responsible leadership, community development, and developing regional and community governance models. He has co-authored two Indigenous policy journals on Indigenous Community Governance and Leadership, published by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney, written papers on national representation, and written and presented many speeches on public policy matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Sam led Aboriginal regional governance structures in Western NSW for two decades. Murdi Paaki (muddy parky) Regional Council (ATSIC) and Murdi Paaki (muddy parky) Regional Assembly MPRA (post ATSIC), were and have been at the forefront for collaborative arrangements between Aboriginal Peoples and Australian and NSW Governments around the delivery of services and programs. Through Sam’s leadership, MPRA was recognised as best Indigenous Governance in the country, being awarded first place in the Category B Indigenous Governance Awards in 2016. Sam was part of the federal governments Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2011-12. This work has led Sam into his current position in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Assistant Secretary Delivery & Engagement Closing the Gap Refresh Taskforce and Special Advisor Regional Governance Indigenous Affairs.