Project Officer

Gemma McKinnon is a Barkindji woman from Wilcannia on the Darling River in far western NSW. After participating in Nura Gili’s Indigenous Winter School and Pre-Law programs, Gemma graduated from UNSW in 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Jewish Studies). She was admitted as a solicitor in NSW and practised primarily in the areas of public housing and administrative law. In 2015, after 10 years working in the legal sector, Gemma returned to UNSW as Aboriginal HDR Fellow at the Faculty of Law. Her interest in academia was sparked after being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012, under which she travelled to the US, Canada and New Zealand to study admissions and support programs for Indigenous students. She has since published on the topics of administrative law, public housing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Gemma worked with the Referendum Council on their 12 regional dialogues and constitutional convention at Uluru in 2017, and she continues to support a push for the implementation of the Council’s recommendations.