Antoinette is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette's grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland.
Antoinette is CEO of Djirra ( formerly FVPLS Victoria), a position she has held since the service was established 15 years ago.
Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence - predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers important, community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence.
In addition to Antoinette’s leadership of Djirra, she has held the elected position of National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum) since. 2012 The National FVPLS Forum is the peak body for the 14 FVPLSs throughout Australia.
Antoinette’s advocacy work includes positions held on advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles to State and Federal Organisations also having received the following awards
2015 Law Institute of Victoria: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award
2015 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment.
2016 Harvard Club of Victoria’s Non-Profit Fellowship Program to attend Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School, Boston USA
2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award
As a highly regarded public speaker, who seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal victim/survivors of violence, Antoinette has been honoured to Joint present with Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjo at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference in New York, March 2013 and has recently been honoured on the Gender Justice Legacy wall in recognition for her contribution to advances in the gender justice field in celebration of 15 years of the ICC and 20 years since the adoption of the Rome Statute.