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Antoinette Braybrook is a proud Kuku Yalanji woman and the 2022 Melbournian of the Year.

Antoinette Braybrook is a Kuku Yalanji woman born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country.

As the founding CEO of Djirra and Co-Chair of Change the Record, Antoinette is a highly regarded advocate and public speaker who seeks to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced family violence.

Since 2002, Antoinette has led Djirra, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that delivers holistic, culturally safe, specialist family violence support, legal, case management, and wellbeing services and programs across Victoria, and advocates for system-wide change to improve access to justice, eliminate systemic violence, and strengthen women’s resilience. Djirra finds solutions through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women sharing their stories, journeys, and experiences. Djirra celebrates women’s strength and resilience and is committed to a future without family violence. Self-determination is the foundation of everything Djirra does.

Antoinette serves as Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign, Australia’s only national First Nations led justice coalition of legal, health and family violence prevention experts. Antoinette’s advocacy work also includes positions held on advisory groups, expert panels and consultative roles to State and Federal organisations. She is former Chair of the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum.

Antoinette has a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and was admitted to practice in Victoria in 2004. In 2015 she attended the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management Program in Boston.

In 2015 Antoinette received the Law Institute of Victoria Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award and the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women Award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment.

Antoinette was a Human Rights Medal finalist in 2018 and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2020.


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