As Project and Policy Officer Aboriginal Initiatives with a focus on Aboriginal communities access to services, it is Joni’s role to work with the service provider network (both Aboriginal and generalist) and with Aboriginal communities in the Illawarra, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven LGA’s, primarily on disability and ageing policy initiatives.
Joni has a Master of Arts in Social Policy and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Legal Studies, has worked as a legal educator and is a qualified teacher. Joni comes to the Community Industry Group with over 15 years’ experience in federal, state and local government community services and education. In her previous 25 year teaching career Joni worked with the then Human Rights Commission to develop a teaching for human rights curriculum for primary schools and was involved in the ACT gender equity in schools strategy. In recent years Joni has worked in the policy unit of the NSW Aboriginal Education Unit, and in ADHC/FACS in ageing and disability policy, contract, planning and reform units.
Joni is passionate about community development, social capital, social justice and fairness particularly in relation to issues for women and Aboriginal people, the elderly and for people with a disability.