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ABOUT

Welcome to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (NATSIC)

 

At NATSIC, we are dedicated to the empowerment, representation, and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Our mission is rooted in the deep respect for the rich cultural heritage and the ongoing resilience of First Nations peoples.

Our Vision: To be a leading voice and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ensuring that their rights, cultures, and aspirations are respected and promoted in all aspects of Australian society.

Our Mission: To empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by providing resources, support, and advocacy necessary to achieve self-determination, cultural preservation, and social justice.

Our Values:

  • Respect for Culture: Honouring the deep cultural heritage and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • Community Empowerment: Strengthening communities through education, health, and economic opportunities.

  • Advocacy: Championing the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at local, national, and international levels.

  • Partnership: Collaborating with government bodies, non-profit organisations, and community groups to advance the interests of First Nations peoples.

  • Inclusivity: Ensuring that our programs and services are accessible to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, acknowledging the diversity within these communities.

 

Our Work:

  1. Cultural Programs: Celebrating and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through a range of cultural initiatives and events.

  2. Education and Training: Providing educational resources and training programs to enhance skills, knowledge, and employment opportunities.

  3. Health and Wellbeing: Supporting health initiatives that are culturally sensitive and community-led, focusing on both physical and mental health.

  4. Advocacy and Legal Support: Offering advocacy and support in areas such as land rights, human rights, and social justice.

  5. Community Engagement: Building strong relationships with communities to understand and address their needs effectively.

 

Our Commitment: We are committed to working tirelessly for the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ensuring that their voices are heard and their rights are upheld. Together, we strive towards a future where every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person can realise their full potential and maintain their cultural identity.

Join us in our journey to create a more inclusive and equitable Australia.

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OUR CEO

The story of Brian AJ Newman LLB 

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Brian AJ Newman LLB 

CEO - Chief Advocate

Brian's story

Heritage
Born on Kamileroi land in Moree New South Wales Australia, Brian is a proud descendent of Anaiwan (Nganyaywana), Ngarigo (Bemeringal 'mountain men' of the East Coastal Region) and Wiradjuri Aboriginal people.

Brian's ancestry also includes direct connections to England, Northwestern Europe, France, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Wales.

Education and credentials
Brian's early years were spent in Sydney where he attended Chullora Primary School (The Darug people are the traditional custodians of a large area in what is now Western Sydney, including the areas around Chullora) and later South Strathfield High School until he returned to Kamileroi country and finished High School at Courallie High School in Moree.

Brian attended Griffith University and obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree to compliment his numerous other credentials, which include a Diploma of Work Health and Safety, Diploma of Justice Administration, Diploma of Security and Risk Management, Diploma of Human Resource Management, Diploma of Government (Investigations), Diploma of Property (Agency Management), Certificate IV Training and Assessment and numerous other credentials in the area of Adult Corrective Services.

Brian is a qualified Trainer and Assessor and he has been a member of the United Nations (International Labour Organisation) since 2001.

Brian commenced a Master of International Law Degree in 2022 at Griffith University and has previously studied for a Bachelor of Security Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism.

Brian is a Queensland Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Memberships
Brian maintains numerous professional affiliations and memberships, all of which help keep Brian at the top of his game as one of Australia's most influential professional Advocates.

Employment and calling
Brian became a professional Advocate and Investigator in 2001 after leaving a long career in the Queensland Prison Service, that followed work in the security and hospitality sectors which followed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering that he thoroughly enjoyed but outgrew very fast in the 1980s.

Brian has maintained a strong connection to the Queensland Real Estate industry since 1987 and has previously maintained a full agency license to support his family's standing presence in the Queensland Real Estate industry, where their activities have ranged from building and construction to land development and residential sales and leasing.

Brian's true calling is undoubtedly Law and Investigation, with an insatiable entrepreneurial disposition, he is committed to pushing the limits in everything he tackles and inspires others to push their boundaries to discover new limits in their growth and development.

Interests and travel
Brian's interests are Australian indigenous history, European and Australian History, military history, art, culture, classical music, men's advocacy, animal rights, media, podcasting, video logging, photography, fishing, four-wheel driving, camping and travel throughout Australia and Europe.

Brian has worked in Vanuatu assisting workers and has travelled throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy.

Brian's family
Brian is a proud father of four (4) girls and a French Bulldog named Elle.

Brian's own words
'In my lifetime I have had the privilege to meet some of the most influential people in modern society, including my indigenous elders, influential and genuine politicians at all levels of government, sporting and media personalities, industry leaders and masters of industry and invention, but above all else that I hold dear, I am forever grateful and will eternally cherish the friendships I have been blessed with that were forged from honesty, loyalty and integrity with the genuine spirit of a childlike kindness and an honourable sense of fair play, strong advocacy and compassion for those less fortunate or capable than me or mine.'

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