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June Riemer nominated for Australian of the Year

By November 4, 2021No Comments

FPDN congratulates Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti woman and Deputy CEO June Riemer on her nomination for 2022 Australian of the Year, NSW.

“We are very proud to hear of June’s nomination in recognition of her long advocacy for the rights of First Nations people with disability. She joins a long line of powerful advocates for our people with disability who continue to speak up on behalf of First Nations people with disability,” says FPDN CEO Damian Griffis.

Having recently been named NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year 2021, June is honoured to stand alongside the three incredible women also nominated for Australian of the Year NSW and acknowledges those who came before her for giving her the strength to follow in their footsteps,

“I am humbled and proud to give further voice to our deadly strong women and acknowledge my Elders who have given me strength to keep our stories and our truth being told.”


You can read more about June in her nomination Statement below:

June Riemer- Disability advocate and Deputy CEO of First Peoples Disability Network

Dunghutti woman June Riemer is the Deputy CEO of First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN). She’s worked in the sector for over 40 years, leading and inspiring her team as they navigate the changes in the national disability sector.

June has led multiple national conferences and training workshops. Her goal is to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people don’t get left behind and have culturally appropriate access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

She’s also an adviser to multiple boards and reference groups where she ensures the rights and culture of her people are represented, respected and protected. June has been a representative at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva.

An accomplished speaker, June is respected for telling it like it is. She shares real insights based on her extensive work and travel within Australia’s Aboriginal communities, particularly in rural and remote areas.

June’s vision and leadership has helped FPDN become a national organisation that’s making a difference.


FPDN Board and Staff wish June all the best with her well-deserved nomination for this award.

The Australian of the year 2022 awards will be held at Luna Park, Sydney from 14-16 November 2021.

Read more about the Australian of the Year NSW awards on their website here