Linda Burney is a member for the Wiradjuri nation. Linda is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected into the NSW Parliament - for the seat of Canterbury in 2003. Linda has a high profile at state and national levels, in education and training as well as in Aboriginal affairs. She was Director General for the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
Linda has chaired and been a member of boards and committees at both state and national levels including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission National Social Justice Task Force; Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) of Australia; National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation; NSW State Reconciliation Committee; the Media, Education and Consultative Committee and the Events Sub-committee which coordinated the 1997 Australian Reconciliation Convention; NSW Board of Studies; NSW Juvenile Justice Advisory Council; NSW Centenary of Federation Board and the NSW Advisory Committee for the International Year of Volunteers 2001 and Australian Volunteers International; Anti-Discrimination Board, NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training and NSW Board of Studies.
Linda represented Australia in meetings in Geneva of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, and was involved in World Indigenous Peoples’ Conferences: Education in 1990, 1993 and 1996.
Currently Linda is a Member for the NSW Legislation Review Committee, Convenor - Natural Resources Advisory Council (NRAC), NSW Inaugural Ambassador for Reconciliation, Member of the Board of Trustees University of Western Sydney, Member of the Board of Directors - Tranby Aboriginal College, Patron of Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Cooperative, Patron of Myall Creek Memorial Trust, Chairperson - Michael Riley Foundation.
Linda’s work has been recognised by receiving the Centenary Medal, Honorary Doctorate Charles Sturt University, Named as one of 10 'True Leaders' of Australia by the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural 'Boss' magazines, Lipton’s Australian Women’s Quality Award, NSW TAFE Medal and the NSW Department of School Education Director General Award for Outstanding Service to Public Schools.