Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man and a highly respected leader in the Victorian Aboriginal community.
Since 2018 he has held the role of Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination to the Victorian Government where he plays an influential role in embedding the ethos of self-determination across the whole of government. Andrew was a key stakeholder in the establishment of the eleven Guiding Principles for advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination, which will set the minimum standards for all existing and future work between the Victorian government and the Victorian Koori community.
Previously Andrew held the role of the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. As Commissioner, he was responsible for advocating for and overseeing the provision of state government services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly the most vulnerable in the areas of child protection, youth justice and homelessness.
For 14 years Andrew was an Executive Officer in the Victorian Department of Justice and led the development of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. In 2006, he was awarded the Public Service Medal and admitted as a Victorian Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In 2013, he was appointed as an IPAA National Fellow.
Areas of expertise
- Aboriginal self-determination
- Indigenous justice
- Youth justice
- Public administration