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Elle Blacklock

Elle is a proud Ngarabal/Birrbay woman with over 12 years experience in community, government and corporate sectors. Elle was born on Dharug Country, grew up on Gomeroi Country and now resides on Gadigal Country.

Elle as the Associate Partner with Yarnnup holds expertise in First Nations advisory and training services. Yarnnup offer a range of programs, including Reconciliation Action Plans development endorsement and implementation, First Nations Cultural Awareness & Capability Training, Aboriginal Design Principles & Connecting with Country, and First Nations Employee and Supplier Participation.

Elle recently managed a team to establish the Aboriginal Languages Trust, an Aboriginal-led NSW Government Agency. The Trust was established under the NSW Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 to provide a focused, coordinated, and sustained effort in relation to Aboriginal languages activities at local, regional and State levels.

Elle has built a solid track record working in child and family services in a variety of roles from a frontline child protection practitioner to managing the implementation of the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) systemic response to the Family is Culture (FIC) review chaired by Professor Megan Davis. Elle was a member of the original DCJ and Independent team that stayed with the FIC review from start to finish reviewing the circumstances of 1,144 Aboriginal children and young people who entered the out-of-home-care (OOHC) system in 2015/16, and as such she has a have a deep understanding of the challenges facing Aboriginal families who come into contact with the child protection and OOHC system.
Elle has a strong understanding of NSW government legislation, policy and practice relating to child protection and OOHC.

Thriving on challenges has provided the opportunity to successfully work with high needs and socially disadvantaged participants/clients. Elle has proven ability to work with a broad range of people, business and organisations with complex systems and barriers.

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YarnnUp acknowledges the profound history of this country.

We honour and recognise the fact that First Nations peoples, our people, have cared for and safeguarded the lands we now call home.

YarnnUp acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this land. To the Elders past and present, please accept our respects on behalf all nations and language groups. We thank you for allowing YarnnUp to work across the beautiful lands of Australia.