Katie Kiss

Chief of Staff to Queensland Minister
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The best experience that I’ve had with the DTP training was being able to go and do my training in Timor-Leste with people who, at that stage, had only 5 years of their independence so they were still trying to come out of a particularly volatile situation within their country that had significant human rights violations happening, so it gave me a good appreciation of other people’s struggles around the world.

Katie Kiss is a proud Kaanju/Wiri woman from North Queensland, Australia. At the time of doing the DTP program, Katie was working with the Native Title Unit at James Cook University. Following the program, she was recruited to be the senior policy advisor/head of the social justice unit at the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC).

Katie is DTP alumna of 2005 Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program in Timor-Leste. Following the DTP course in Timor-Leste, she has participated in many UN forums to promote the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to engage with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has engaged in advocacy, negotiations and policy reform with Australian governments and has been centrally involved in documenting abuses of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.

She commenced work as Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting (PIC) in 2014, responsible for the development of Indigenous policy-development across a broad spectrum of human rights issues. Katie has been elected as a Chamber Three Delegate of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and was a member of the Indigenous Water Advisory Committee, where she advocated positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Katie has returned to DTP to teach on a number of its programs.

“Having completed the Diplomacy Training Program, it set me up really well for working in the human rights space; it also has enabled me to make a number of contacts and relationships with people from around the world, who I’ve maintained contact with through the work that I’ve done at the Australian Human Rights Commission and with the United Nations in New York. So, having done the DTP, I’ve been really blessed to travel all over the world with human rights work and to meet a number of other amazing Indigenous people that work towards the same goals as I am.”

August 2016

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