Australian Red Cross Community Ambassador
Diane Collins is a prominent community worker in the ACT region with connections to Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations, and is passionate about advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She has a long record of working to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with professional roles across various sectors including education, housing, community services and more recently for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ms Collins currently works with the Department of Health providing strategic advice on a range of policy issues aimed at creating better futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
She is also the former chair of the highly respected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) in the ACT. The group was established to give Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT a strong democratically elected voice. It provides direct advice to the ACT Government on issues that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Territory.
In 2013, Ms Collins attended a high level international meeting at the United Nations human rights body, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as an Australian government representative.
As a community ambassador, Diane looks forward to continuing to build strong and meaningful respectful relationships between Red Cross and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations in Canberra and the surrounding region. "I would like to see more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need support, access the range of programs Red Cross provides in the ACT and encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to volunteer with the organisation", says Diane.