Annette is a Kabi Kabi woman, born and raised on Darug country in Western Sydney, NSW. She has worked with many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal services throughout her career in Western Sydney, from supporting Aboriginal women and their children in domestic violence services to assisting Aboriginal families to engage in support services and change to enable their children to be restored from OOHC to their care.
Other positions Annette has held throughout her employment in Western Sydney were with Department of Aboriginal Affairs (research and policy development) and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.
Annette has had experience within the child protection and Out of Home Care system in Western Sydney and the Mid North Coast for more than 10 years.
During her time within this sector, she has seen many changes in the OOHC sector and has extensive knowledge of Office of the Children Guardian accreditation standards and requirements.
Annette is currently working at Head Space, providing intervention services in order to enhance the physical and mental health outcomes of young people with mental health conditions living in the community.
Annette is passionate about her Aboriginal community and has also been involved as a board member with Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre for 10 years, most recently as acting chairperson. She saw the organisation through a period of prolific change and uncertainty. Throughout this period, Annette has demonstrated a clear knowledge of governance procedures, which enabled the continuation of services to the Kempsey community.
Annette has been a Director with NBAC since 2018.