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Millie Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Erambie Mission, Central NSW. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs both at a community level and in government. Millie worked for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for 13 years as the Assistant Secretary advising the government on community relations. She served four years as the Councillor for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, was CEO of the Wyanga Elders program in Redfern (she is currently the Treasurer), a Justice of the Peace, and also had joined FACS for three years on the “Keeping Them Home” project.

In 2001, Millie received a Commonwealth Bicentenary Award from former Prime Minister John Howard for her services to the community and was awarded Woman of the Year in 2010 for the electorate of Heffron. She was also a finalist for the 2010 International Woman of the Year.

Even during her retirement Millie is still involved in various roles, including the Inner City Empowered Communities as a Board member and is on the Advisory Committee for Corrective Services. She is now also champion of the Justice Reinvestment NSW program.

Sydney Elders - Millie Ingram
Portrait of Millie Ingram Image: Mervyn Bishop
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