Indigenous Consultant / Researcher
Sandi Taylor is a Murri woman, her people are Kalkadoon, Ngauwun and Jirandali, and her country is situated across north-west Queensland and the lower gulf country. She has links to Family and extended clan groups in the Mount Isa and Cloncurry Aboriginal communities. She has worked and/or lived in a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland, including those in Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns, the 13 DOGIT Communities of Cape York Peninsula and Thursday Island. Most recently, she has worked for the State Library of Queensland between 2002 and 2005 as an Executive Manager of their Indigenous Library Services. She has also worked as a private consultant.
Over a twenty-year period she has contributed to capacity building processes via the following strategies: Through the transfer of skills and knowledge between co-workers, board members, community members and stakeholders; Responding to an holistic needs base framework that incorporates policies, programs, and strategies to meet desired outcomes for the community; and By the development and enhancement of key service provision primarily for Indigenous Peoples which will be owned, driven and sustained by Indigenous people and their communities.
She has provided services in such areas as Women’s Services (Domestic Violence & Legal Advocacy), Health Training, Employment & Education, Youth Services and more recently facilitating access and equity to library and information services on a statewide basis. Within Queensland she has worked across a range of Indigenous community-controlled organizations and within dedicated and mainstream units within government departments at state and regional levels.
As apart of the Mentoring and Evaluation Scheme for the National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Program, Sandi worked as a Mentor to 13 Round 01 funded ISPs based in South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. She made eight visits to provide face-to-face support to four of these groups and their projects. She also provided similar mentoring services to 7 Round 02 funded ISPs in Queensland.
[Refer to 'What We Do - Projects' section of this website for more detail.]