LCA member Andrea Mason OAM has been named as a Royal Commissioner for Australia’s Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Ms Mason, who received the Medal of the Order of Australia last year for service to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory, was one of a panel of six commissioners announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this month.
A member of Alice Springs Lutheran Church, Ms Mason has resigned her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council to take up her position with the Royal Commission.
Co-chair for both the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and for the Empowered Communities NPY Region, she has also been a member of the executive mentoring group supporting the LCA’s Reconciliation Action Plan development process.
A Ngaanyatjarra woman on her father’s side and Kronie on her mother’s side, the former Reconciliation Australia Relationship Manager has been awarded the titles of Centralian Citizen of the Year, Northern Territory Australian of the Year and Telstra Business Woman of the Year over the past few years.