Naomi Murphy

Emerging Leader 2018 - 2019

Naomi Murphy is a very proud Wakka Wakka women with bloodlines to Cherbourg Community, Woorabinda mission in Queensland, living now respectfully on Gunnai/Kurnai country in Gippsland for over 20 years.

Naomi is employed as the Central Gippsland Client Services Manager at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and is an advocate for women.

She has also been actively involved in Woor-Dungin’s Criminal Record Discrimination Project and was a presenter at the statewide Aboriginal Justice Forum held in December, which resulted in the unanimous endorsement of their submission for reform.

With nearly 15 years working in community Naomi has many achievements such as:

  • Creating 6 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female dance groups in the Latrobe Valley and currently the Manager and Director of Dreamtime Dance Troupe.
  • Performing across the state including the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2006 and in July 2018 at the MCG at the Statewide Youth Residential Care Awards Ceremony.
  • Participating in many local community groups to establish events such as “Share the Knowledge” jobs and training expo and community events such as QUIT VicHealth days.
  • Working in many local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations from Aboriginal liaison roles to support worker positions in AOD.
  • Committee Member 10 plus years on the DHHS Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group.
  • Volunteer of the Year Chairman’s 2015 Award from Anglicare Victoria.
  • Committee Member of local Aboriginal Sports Committee Budjeri Napan where a number of programs are run such as the surfing program with Surfing Victoria, putting together netball teams for statewide and local carnivals, running of the local sports carnival and day events as well as fitness programs.
  • Coordinator of the women’s group Deadly Migais.
  • Speaker at the Victorian Women Lawyers seminar held in Law Week to provide advice about supporting Aboriginal women who have had contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Captain of the local Churchill Football/Netball Club Team as well as coaching the first ever all Aboriginal Under 9 Girls Netball Team “Sistergirls”.
  • Churchill Football/Netball Club Committee Member working and engaging with Netball Victoria and the Collingwood Netball Club regarding an Indigenous Round for 2018.

Naomi’s plans for the next 12 months include developing a pilot program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women/young girls to help keep families together in a safe environment and out of prison.