Patrick Dodson

Patron & Cultural Advisor

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.

Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Council’s and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Prior to his endorsement as a Senator for Western Australian on 2 May 2016, Patrick was a member of the Australian National University Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.

Patrick lives in Broome with his family, where he is involved in a range of social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability activities and advocacy roles. He has worked as a cultural adviser to Marrugeku on the productions Burning Daylight, Buru and Cut the Sky and co-conceived Gudirr Gudirr with Dalisa Pigram.