Jason Mifsud is a proud member of the Eastern Maar people of the Gunditjmara nation in South West Victoria and for the past twenty years has been leading cultural change and organisational transformation across numerous sectors.
Jason has also spent significant time in the Northern Territory and worked with several traditional owner communities.
Jason partners with clients from across the community, government and private sectors on the design, implementation and monitoring of tailored solutions predominantly in Indigenous affairs, diversity and inclusion.
He was previously the Executive Director for Aboriginal Victoria where he led the whole-of government Aboriginal Affairs reform agenda between the Victorian Government and Victorian Aboriginal community. This included establishing the architecture and governance arrangements to embed Aboriginal self-determination in cultural, social and economic policy as well as the roadmap to a Treaty agreement, an Australian first.
He has also led the negotiations with the Victorian Government on a traditional owner settlement for the Eastern Maar community. The Victorian Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (the Act) provides for an out-of-court settlement of native title and allows the Victorian Government to recognise traditional owners with certain economic and Crown land rights.
A former AFL player and coach, Jason was the first senior Adviser on Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs for the Australian Football League (AFL) overseeing significant reach, growth and impact and was pivotal in establishing the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council in 2014.
Executive Advisor – First Nation Affairs & Enterprises: Wesfarmers
Director – Great Ocean Road and Parks Authority
Director – East Melbourne Primary Health Network
Member – NAB Indigenous Advisory Group
Member – Telstra Indigenous Advisory Board
Member – Deakin University, MBA Advisory
Member – Diversity Council of Australia, External Advisory Panel.
Chair – Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation
Chair – Melbourne Grammar Indigenous Advisory Committee
Director – Barwon Water
Director – Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Member – AFL Indigenous Advisory Council
Executive Director – Aboriginal Victoria: Vic Dept of Premier & Cabinet
Senior Advisor – AFL Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs
General Manager- South West Healthcare
CEO – Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative
In 2010 Jason was recognised as one of Australia’s top ten emerging leaders and in 2011 addressed the United Nations on Indigenous Affairs.
Jason is a Harvard Business School Alumni.