CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Wayne Muir is a Yorta Yorta/Barkinji man with an extensive background in Aboriginal education, community development, justice and wellbeing. He is currently the CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, where he has held this position for over 5 years, is a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum. Wayne has also chaired and is a current member of the Victorian Legal Assistance Forum and the Victorian Jurisdictional Forum, is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Services, Victoria Police Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee and the Australian Legal Assistance Forum.
Wayne’s experience includes local, regional, state, national and international advocacy on issues that disproportionately and adversely impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, he has provided written submissions and given evidence/presented to parliamentary inquiries, state and federal royal commissions, sentencing advisory committee, human rights and equal opportunity commission, ombudsman’s and state auditor investigations. Wayne has also attended the United Nations in New York twice, specifically the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPII) where he co-presented a side event on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and contributed to papers being presented at UNPII.
Wayne has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, justice and community affairs for over 25 years. Where he has worked as a cultural officer, research officer, educator and manager/ceo.
Wayne has served on numerous boards and committees over the years including: Chairperson and State Treasurer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Justice Panels; and Chairperson, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Standing Committee on Indigenous Education Chairperson, Chairperson Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Deputy Chairperson Tumbukka Regional Council (ATSIC), Treasurer Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat Community Health Centre and Chairperson Highlands Local Learning Employment Network.
Wayne has completed a number of tertiary qualifications and has also completed various governance training programs over the years, he has also delivered papers and presented at many conferences, seminars and workshops as well as authored and co-authored numerous papers and reports on a range of topics relevant to Aboriginal Australia.
Wayne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Institute of Learning Professionals.