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Dr Robert Isaacs AM OAM JP PhD (Hon)

Dr Robert Isaacs AM JP is from the Whadjuk-Bibilmum Wardandi Noongar language group and has spent the last 50 years breaking down cultural barriers and improving the lives of disadvantaged people.

He is an Executive Member to the State Aboriginal Advisory Council – Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act and is a Life Member of the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service.

He led Aboriginal education initiatives, including setting up Australia’s first Indigenous school, Clontarf Aboriginal College, and has worked with the government to implement programs to assist Aboriginal people achieve sustainable home ownership.

Robert was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to local government as Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City of Gosnells, and has been awarded the Centenary Medal and an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of service to housing, health, education, employment and Aboriginal affairs.

Robert was the 2015 Aboriginal Award winner and Western Australian of the Year.

He is currently employed by Keystart where his policies have led to significant improvements for Aboriginal housing in WA and is a current member of the State Government’s Aboriginal Advisory Council.