New staff at the ATSIS Unit

14 March 2018

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit would like to welcome new staff members who are joining the team in 2018.

The Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Mr Shane Drahm said some staff have moved on and the new members will add a wealth of experience in the student support, outreach and engagement teams and lecturing.

ATSIS Unit Lecturer Jim Walker has been involved in advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in excess of 20 years both in Australia and internationally.
He is an Aboriginal man of the Jagera, Yiman and Goreng Goreng First Nations peoples of Australia. 

He has been involved in development and implementation of policies and programs in the fields of social justice, education, health, housing, economic development, Indigenous rights advocacy, Indigenous cultural protection, environment protection and science research.

He holds a Bachelor of Business (QUT) and a Master Degree in Public Administration at the University of Canberra.

Matthew Jones is of Erub Island descent and was raised in Toowoomba and joins the Student Services team.

He has worked for several Accounting Firms and in Finance for the previous seven years; during this time Matt became the ninth Indigenous Australian to be admitted as a full member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his professional career, he served as a Maritime Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.  

Matt has a Bachelor of International Business, Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying for his MBA at UQ.


Jamie Hagan is a proud Bundjalung man and who was born in Rockhampton (supports the maroons).
Jamie has worked with remote, regional and metro Aboriginal communities with a focus on education and employment pathways. Currently studying the MBA at UQ, Jamie aspires to continue to work alongside Aboriginal communities with a community first approach to improve education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Now as Coordinator of the InspireU program Jamie is excited to engage the next generation of Aboriginal leaders on their pathway to success.
He has an obsession with basketball and the NBA and is a big Indiana Pacers fan.
Also follows the NRL and the West Tigers and is still celebrating the 2005 premiership (he is aware it was more than likely the last one he will see).

(L-R) Jamie Hagan, Matthew Jones and Jim Walker.