I am Troy Austin, a proud Gunditjmara man raised in the inner suburbs of Naarm (Melbourne) by loving parents Pat and Jock Austin and my grandmother — affectionately known as Mummy Ella. I pay respects to all Elders, past and present, and thank them for their leadership.
Strong representative structures are crucial for Treaty. I will contribute experience to the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. I led consultations in 38 communities resulting in the creation of the Local Aboriginal Networks across Victoria. I’ve held roles at the local, state and national level, including Victorian Commissioner for ATSIC, President of the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club, and membership to Premier Steve Bracks’ advisory committee and the Victorian Aboriginal Family Violence Taskforce. I’ve been Executive Officer of the North Metro Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee for almost 18 years. I was instrumental in the establishment of vital community bodies including Djirra and the Koori Youth Council.
In 2008 I led the revival of the Fitzroy Stars. I am rebuilding the Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Cooperative post the COVID-19 pandemic. Sport brings community together and helps our young people believe in themselves.
I am a passionate advocate for Aboriginal communities. I will continue the work of Elders who established Aboriginal organisations and fought for the rights of our people.
Member for the Metro region