Mick Dodson was Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Social Justice Commissioner appointed under the provisions
of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Legislation Amendment
Act (No 2) 1992.
The position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner was created as a result of the Royal Commission
into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into
Racist Violence. Commissioner Dodson has been a prominent advocate
on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples.
Born in the Northern Territory township of Katherine, Mick
was educated in Katherine, Darwin and Victoria. He completed
a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash
University. He worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
from 1979 to 1981, when he became a barrister at the Victorian
Bar. He joined the Northern Land Council as Senior Legal Adviser
in 1984 and became Director of the Council in 1990.
From August 1988 to October 1990 Mick was Counsel assisting the
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has been
a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Advisory Council,
Treasurer of the North Australian Legal Aid Service. He is a
member of and Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Studies. He is currently the Chair
of the National Aboriginal Youth Law Centre Advisory Board.