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Media articles

‘Journey to making a difference’, Pro Bono Australia

‘Change is coming’, National Indigenous Times

‘Be a Voice’, SBS

‘NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year’, The Wire (audio)

Other media

June joins 3CR radio to discuss the Disability Royal Commission from a First Nations perspective

Disability royal commission data shows Indigenous and culturally diverse groups under-represented, ABC News

First Peoples Disability Network calls for more support, National Indigenous Times

June’s work

June shares her knowledge in an advisory capacity across multiple boards and reference groups ensuring the rights and culture of her people are represented, respected and protected and has represented Australia’s First Peoples with disability alongside Indigenous leaders, leaders living with disability at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva.

  • Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum – Australian Indigenous Representative
  • Pacific Disability Forum – Finance Committee Representative
  • Closing The Gap – Coalition of Peak Representative
  • Commonwealth Implementation Plan – COP Working Party group Representative
  • CTG – Justice Policy Partnership working group representative
  • Western Sydney Uni – New Public Management Research project- “Urban First Nations Organisations” -FPDN representative
  • NSW ILC Consortium – (FPDN, PWDA & ADCL) oversight committee member and advisory representative
  • Aspect First Nations Reference Group (positive partnerships)
  • Rights and Inclusion Australia project reference group member
  • Cancer Institute – BreastScreen NSW – pilot project – Community Advisory Panel
  • NIAA Disability Sector Strengthening Plan working group member
    DSS Disability Peak Bodies meeting advisory
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June Riemer

NSW Aboriginal woman of the Year

FPDN Deputy CEO and Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti woman June Riemer was recently honoured for her life’s work, dedicated to creating systemic change to improve the lives of First Peoples with disability, as this year’s winner of the 2021 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award.

A true and humble champion for our people, June is using this honour to create a platform for change, speaking in the media about the extreme disadvantage experienced by First Peoples with disability and how much more needs to be done to address the barriers to meaningful improvement in their lives.

Raised by strong and fierce women and advocates, this little girl from the bush with her big dreams, hard work, passion, and commitment to change for our communities is now a leader and a change-maker, playing an integral role in solidifying the growth and continuing strength of FPDN the only Peak National Representative body for First Peoples with disability. June’s message to all young girls and women with big dreams is clear:

“Never give up, listen, learn and believe in yourself.”

June Riemer

June has worked in the sector for over 40 years and leads and inspires a dedicated team of staff showing exceptional leadership as considerable changes occur nationally in the disability sector. She has led multiple national conferences and training workshops with the goal of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not get left behind, are included and have culturally appropriate access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.