Executive Director and National Campaign Coordinator at The Literacy for Life Foundation; Adjunct Professor , University of New England

Professor Jack Beetson is a Ngemba Aboriginal man from western NSW who has been actively involved in Indigenous education in Australia and internationally for over 30 years. He is not an academic researcher and does not have a track record in the academic sense. However, since April 2009, he has held an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law. This appointment came about in recognition of the contribution he has made to the university and in other areas to the development of policies and programs for Aboriginal development.

Jack has had many roles and titles. To name just a few: Executive Director of Tranby College in Sydney (Australia's oldest independent Aboriginal community-controlled college), Foundation President of the Federation of Independent Aboriginal Education Providers and in 2000, Jack was recognised as a United Nations 'Unsung Hero of Peace' for his work on Reconciliation.

Jack was recently appointed the first Executive Director of the Literacy for Life Foundation. Through his own Aboriginal education and development company (now named Beetson & Associates), he has also recently completed consultancies for: Commonwealth FaHCSIA, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Office of the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation.

Experience

  • –present
    Executive Director and National Campaign Coordinator at The Literacy for Life Foundation; Adjunct Professor , University of New England