About Us

Steering Committee

Change the Record is overseen by a Steering Committee, made up of  leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations, including:


ANTaR

ANTaR listens to and supports the aspirations of Australia's First Peoples and works to educate the wider community, shape public opinion, speak up against injustice, and influence public policy to advance our vision of justice, rights and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


 

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.
 


Australian Council of Social Service

The Australian Council of Social Service is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality. Our vision is for a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia where all individuals and communities can participate in and benefit from social and economic life. 


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Federation of Community Legal Centres (VIC)

The Federation of Community Legal Centres is the peak body for Victorian community legal centres and leads the Smart Justice coalition, a coalition of organisations working to promote a safer community through criminal justice policies that reduce crime, are based on evidence, and comply with human rights.



First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)

First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) ('FPDN') is a national organisation established by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities with lived experience of disability. With a Board of Directors entirely comprising First Peoples with disability, we are guided by the lived experience of disability in determining our priorities and our way of doing business.


Human Rights Law Centre

The Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in Australia and beyond. We do this through a strategic combination of evidence-based advocacy, research, litigation and education.


Law Council of Australia

The Law Council of Australia represents more than 60,000 Australian legal professionals through its constituent member bar associations, law societies and the Large Law Firm Group, on national issues, and promotes the administration of justice, access to justice and general improvement of the law. The Law Council also represents the Australian legal profession overseas, and maintains close relationships with legal professional bodies throughout the world.



National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations 

NACCHO is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues. It has a history stretching back to 1974.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) are the leading legal service provider for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and have been in operation for over forty years. Together the ATSILS provide over 200, 000 legal assistances annually in the areas of criminal, family and civil law in addition to undertaking community legal education, prisoner through-care and law reform and advocacy activities. NATSILS is the peak.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance

NATSIWA aims to work to advocate and empower the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Australia.



National Association of Community Legal Centres

The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) is the peak national body for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Australia. NACLC members are the state and territory peak bodies of Community Legal Centres.


National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government. We aim to be leaders and advocates for recognising our status and rights as First Nations Peoples in Australia.


National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum:

Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLSs) provide legal assistance, casework, counselling and court support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, primarily women and children who are victims/survivors of family violence, including sexual assault/abuse. The National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (NFVPLS) was established in 2012, with FVPLSs coming together to collaborate on issues affecting service delivery. The goal of the NFVPLS is to work in collaboration and increase access to justice for victims/survivors of family violence.



Oxfam Australia

Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilises the power of people against poverty. Oxfam provides people with the skills and resources to help them create their own solutions to poverty.


Reconciliation Australia is the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Australia works to build relationship, respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.



SNAICC - National Voice for Our Children

 In existence for over 30 years, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care - SNAICC - is the national non-government peak body representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.



Sisters Inside

Sisters Inside Inc. is an independent community organisation, which exists to advocate for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system, and to address gaps in the services available to them. We work alongside women in prison in determining the best way to fulfill these roles.


Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

The Commission for Children and Young People is an independent Victorian Government organisation committed to Improving Young Lives, whilst making sure all Victorian children are safe, well and heard


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

 

 


Co-Chairs

The Change the Record coalition is led by two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Co-Chairs:


Cheryl Axleby, with an Aboriginal painting in the background in yellows, browns, and reds

Cheryl Axleby

Cheryl is a proud Narungga woman with family ties across South Australia (SA). Since 2012 Cheryl has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Incorporated, and she is currently Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS).

In a career spanning 30 years, (10 working in the SA Government), Cheryl has worked towards achieving social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in SA.  During her career with the SA Government, Cheryl was a strong advocate for cultural inclusion within Government services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Cheryl has over 25 years’ experience working within law and justice and has held the position of Chairperson of the Women’s Legal Service of South Australia, Alternate Deputy Chairperson of the then ATSIC Patpa Warra Yunti Regional Council, member of the Correctional Services Advisory Board to the Minister and Board member of Dame Roma Mitchell. She currently holds positions as a board member of Seeds Of Affinity, Reconciliation SA, Justice Reinvestment SA Working Group, the SA Coalition for Social Justice, Tandanya Aboriginal Arts Centre and the Aboriginal Prisoners Offender Support Services in SA.

Before becoming CEO of ALRM, Cheryl developed cultural training programs within Families SA, was Manager of the Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth & Family Services from 2005-2010, and a Manager of Families SA office in the northern metro region.

Cheryl is very supportive of Reconciliation initiatives and actively plays a role in raising awareness of the issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly the impact of colonisation and poverty. She works on and conducts training programs with agencies/individuals to assist them to actively engage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Cheryl’s vision is for every Australian to be ‘proactive’ rather than ‘reactive’ to the issues impacting on the quality of life for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Damian Griffis, Co-Chair of Change the Record

Damian Griffis

Damian Griffis is a proud descendant of the Worimi people. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), a national organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities and their families.

Damian has worked for more than 20 years in various capacities within the disability sector and has been instrumental in consolidating the development of the social movement of Aboriginal people with disabilities.

In 2014, Damian was awarded the Australian Human Rights Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award in recognition of his work as a leading advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people with disability.