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Department of the Attorney- General and Justice
Director Aboriginal Justice Unit
Biography: Leanne is an Arrernte woman born and raised in Alice Springs. Leanne has academic qualifications in Environmental Science, Law and Management, but she believes her most important knowledge has come from her grandmother and great-grandmother who taught her about traditional land management skills, particularly with the use of fire.
Leanne has served other senior public service roles, including as the manager of Food Security for Aboriginal communities in South Australia, and the manager of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) and West Coast regions of South Australia within the Department for Premier and Cabinet. She was also the first Aboriginal policewoman in South Australia where she worked for 11 years as a Senior Constable in remote and Adelaide police stations. Leanne also worked on the international circuit; for the United Nations with stints in Geneva, New York and Paris with UNESCO, and as a Director for Bush Heritage Australia. She has published many scientific papers. Since returning to Darwin, Leanne has worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Northern Land Council and the Principal Legal Policy Officer in the Department of the Attorney General and Justice, where currently is now, as the Director within the Aboriginal Justice Unit that is responsible for the delivery of the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Justice Agreement.