The Senior Advisory Group guided the Indigenous Voice co-design process, and provided advice and support to the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.
Members of the Senior Advisory Group were appointed by the Minister with advice from co-chairs, Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO and Professor Tom Calma AO on 8 November 2019.
Senior Advisory Group members
Professor Tom Calma AO is of Kungarakan and Iwaidja heritage from the Darwin region. Currently the Chancellor of the University of Canberra, a Professor at the University of Sydney and the National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking he has served as Race Discrimination Commissioner (2004-2009) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2004-2010). He was a senior diplomat (1995-2002) and senior advisor to the Minister of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and awarded an Order of Australia in 2012 in recognition of his advocacy, work in human rights and social justice and distinguished service to the Indigenous community.
Mr Mick Gooda a descendent of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland, he has advocated and represented on behalf of Aboriginal people for the past 25 years. Mr Gooda was the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. Immediately prior to taking up the position of Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Gooda was CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health for over five years and was appointed to the Eminent Panel for the Queensland Pathway to Treaty discussions in 2019.