Justin is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait heritage. On his mother’s side, he is a proud descendant of the Birri-Gubba Juru (Bowen), Janga (Mt Coolon), and Birri (Collinsville) peoples in North Queensland. He also has strong ties to Ugar Island in the Torres Strait. His father is a Darumbal man from Rockhampton and has connections to Santo Island in Vanuatu.
Having a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait upbringing Justin has spent most of his career working in programs and policy areas within the Queensland Government, to improve engagement and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, families, and community.
Justin aims to give back to the community and use his skills and knowledge to demonstrate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, protocols are our way of life and can co-exist to improve systems that better support his people. To help with this journey Justin is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws at QUT.