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April Lawrie

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, South Australia

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April Lawrie heralds from the Mirning and Gokatha people of the far west coast of South Australia. April Lawrie has held social work degree qualifications since 1990 and, over the last 30 years, she has devoted her time and skills to Aboriginal issues across government and at the community level. In December 2018, April became South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People. Her role as Commissioner is preceded by 15 years of executive leadership roles across government, and she has spent the past two and half years as Aboriginal Education Director. Prior to that, April spent 10 years as SA Health Aboriginal lead and, before that, four years as the Aboriginal Justice Director in the Attorney-General’s Department in South Australia. April’s role as Commissioner is to promote the rights of Aboriginal children and young people and to address systemic issues impacting on their outcomes across health, education, child protection and justice.