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Senior Fellow Indigenous Programs, The University of Melbourne

Mr Eddie Cubillo is an Aboriginal man with strong family links in both the urban and rural areas throughout the Northern Territory. His is of descendant of the Larrakia, Wadjigan and Central Arrente peoples.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree and in was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

In 2002 he was elected to the ATSIC Yilli Rreung Regional Council, and subsequently became the Chair. Mr Cubillo has also been a former Chair of both the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.

In 2010 Mr Cubillo was appointed the Anti - Discrimination Commissioner of the Northern Territory. Mr Cubillo then took on the role of Executive Officer with National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS). As the Executive Officer he championed the rights of Indigenous Australians in a legal context. In 2015 he was named the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the year and in 2016 attended Geneva on a UN Indigenous fellowship. In 2017 he then took up an opportunity to work on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory as the Director of Community Engagement. He is currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Technology of Sydney and is working part-time at the University of Melbourne’s Law School as a Senior Fellow.

In his spare time enjoys spending time with his family.


  • –present
    Senior Fellow Indigenous Programs, University of Melbourne