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Keynote plenary - Avelina Tarrago

Avelina Tarrago will present the keynote speech for the opening plenary session.

Avelina is a proud Wangkamadla woman from central-west Queensland, who grew up in Brisbane. She was admitted to the profession in 2009 and called to the bar in 2017 as one of two First Nations women at the bar. Avelina is President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland, a Barrister located at North Quarter Lane Chambers, as well as being appointed as a Member of the Councillor Conduct Tribunal and as a Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

She is a member of a number of different legal policy committees relating Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and gives her time and expertise selflessly to a countless organisations. Before going to the private bar, she was a Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, worked for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, was a Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Health Ombudsman and Counsel Assisting in the Coroners Court of Queensland.

Avelina is a member of the Indigenous Issues Committee with the Australian Bar Association, the Indigenous Barristers Committee with the Bar Association of Queensland, she is involved with Bush Heritage Australia with the Aboriginal Engagement Committee and Director and the Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council.