Robert has played a key role in shaping institutions that have a huge impact on our society. He was a member of the Productivity Commission where he conducted over 17 national inquiries; has been Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman in New South Wales; and has had extensive involvement in numerous not-for-profit agencies.
Most recently, he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, where he saw first-hand the critical importance of institutional values such as public service and public benefit; and the devastating impact on people's lives when institutions wield power at the expense of those values.
Donnella is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is a Director of Wuchopperen Health Service and Acting Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - NACCHO. She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.
Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people