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Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University

Prof Steve Larkin is a Kungarakany man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Social Science (Welfare and Social Policy) and a PhD.
Prior to 1995, Steve worked in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities in health and community development programs whilst working with the NT Government.

Steve was appointed by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) as their National Aboriginal Health Adviser.

During this time Steve became the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

Steve joined the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care as an Assistant Secretary in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) where he managed the Social Health (including implementing and managing the Bringing The Home program), Substance Misuse, Men's and Prison's health, Executive Policy as well as the Research and Data programs.

Steve managed the National Indigenous Employment program for a brief period before transferring to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies as Deputy Principal.

Steve was appointed as Principal (CEO) of the Institute.

Steve took up his current position of Pro Vice-Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership with Charles Darwin University. He is the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor.

He is the former Chair and current member of theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council, a member of the Board with Beyond Blue, former Chair of the NT Board of Studies, was a member of the panel in the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Indigenous peoples and a member of the board for the Healing Foundation.

In 2008, Steve was inducted into the National Indigenous Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to field hockey.


  • 2014 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 2007 
    Charles Sturt University, M.Soc.Sc
  • 1984 
    University of Queensland, B.Soc.Wk