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Adnyamathanha Woman Vicky Welgraven – 2022 Australia Day Honours List

Vicky Welgraven (nee Jackson), is a proud Adnyamathanha Arrurru North Wind Woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia is an advocate and champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, ensuring their interests are represented and their voices are heard.

Vicky was honoured in the ‘Australia Day 2022 Honours List’ and appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for ‘Significant Service to Women through Social Welfare Organisations, and to Indigenous Health’.

Vicky is a White Ribbon Australia Community Partner and a Director on the Our Watch Board where she promotes gender equality and respectful relationships and advocates for an end to Family and Domestic Violence and has been a respected leader for the organisation. 

Since joining Our Watch Vicky has contributed to strong governance, to the Our Watch Reconciliation Action Plan and the implementation of ‘Changing the Picture’ a national resource on ending violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Vicky is a passionate supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club and was appointed to the Port Adelaide Football Club AFLW Steering Committee recently where she will work with the Steering Committee members to ensure successful integration of AFLW program into the Club.

Vicky is a well-respected speaker with an engaging and consultative approach, she has lobbied Federal and State members of parliament on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s issues and the impact of Family and Domestic Violence.
Vicky was inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll in 2015, in recognition of her work as a strong advocate and an ambassador for Aboriginal women’s rights.

Vicky is a former member of the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women and a former SA representative of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), representing them at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2016.

In 2018 Vicky was the Winner of the ‘Individual Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) Awards’ for her outstanding advocacy and campaigning for an end to Family and Domestic Violence.

Vicky was a Finalist for 2019 South Australian / Australian of the Year Award and for the ‘2019 Women in Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation and Intrapreneurship in Government’ for her innovative approaches to reconciliation, Aboriginal history & culture; promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and an end to family violence.  

Vicky Impressively is the first South Australian Aboriginal woman to be appointed to the role of Australia Day Ambassador, her achievements are exemplary