Margaret Blackman


Aboriginal (Yidindji and Gurang) and Torres Strait Islander (Mer and Mabuaig) woman, Margaret Blackman, is one of Canberra’s most influential emerging leaders.

As the Elected Member looking after the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, Margaret supports programs that address environment protection in the ACT on behalf of the Elected Body.

Margaret has worked in the Australian Public Service for over 10 years and is at the centre of the Australian Government on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community.

In her role as Non-Executive Director of Gidarjil Development Corporation in Queensland, she supports art and caring for country projects and language programs to benefit First Nations people. She’s also on the Cape York Leaders Program Steering Committee and supports the commitment to empowering talented Indigenous leaders of the Cape York region.

Her distinguished career in project management, leadership and business development for not-for-profit organisations and other Australian Government agencies means Margaret’s knowledge is deep and diverse.

A Master of Business Administration, she has a goal to see more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people establishing and running their own thriving, sustainable businesses.

After spending most of her career in Indigenous Affairs, she has a continuous personal and professional dedication to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.