Muriel Bamblett, Assembly Member for Metropolitan
Proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung
Muriel Bamblett is a proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman with traditional ties to Bunnerong and Taungurung peoples, with her dad born on Lake Tyres mission and mum raised on Cummeragunja. She was elected to the Assembly as a candidate for the Metropolitan Region in November 2019.
With a career spanning almost 40 years, Muriel has a long history of working with and for community, and currently leads the largest organisation of its kind in the country as CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). VACCA provides services to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families and community members across Victoria.
Passionate about advocating for the self-determination and rights of community, Muriel is actively involved with many National and State bodies – including her current role as the National Chairperson of SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care.
Working tirelessly with community, Muriel’s services and contribution, and in particular her work with Aboriginal children and family, has been recognised through many awards, including receiving the Order of Australia in 2019.
Muriel will bring her vast knowledge of advocacy and policy development for change and her experience of negotiations at the highest levels to the Treaty Assembly and Treaty negotiation process.
“As a custodian of our traditions and culture, I commit to protect our lands and resources, maintain our traditions and culture, drive investment for our future and protect and strengthen our Treaty and inherent rights.” – Muriel Bamblett