John Martin is a proud Gunai family man.
As an active leader and advocate, John has worked and volunteered in Aboriginal affairs and the social / community services sector at a local-regionalstate and national level, for well over 35 years.
John has established the legal formation of community co-operatives as founding director and CEO, established and operated small private businesses and multiple community social enterprises.
With a passion for Social Justice, Housing and Employment, he has been instrumental in large scale commercial developments and housing projects that embedded the model of engagement and high uptake of Indigenous employment, education, training, and trades/enterprises.
With a strong background in community development and employment, he established the first Indigenous Employment Center for Victoria and as a building company (social enterprise), designed and built energy efficient homes for other ACCO’s and state government Indigenous social housing.
John’s strong advocacy for community led policy and self-determination has involved him on multiple committee’s and boards of directors and or statewide working groups/partnerships such as RAJAC Chair, IFRAG Chair, ATSIC councilor, National Housing W/Group, National Employment Services W/Group, the establishment of the first Koori courts, Co-Chair with government Chairs like the Vic ICE working group, and the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Victorian trial site in Shepperton- leadership group with state premier and prime minister.
In his role as MAC-CEO, John values the support/guidance of his Board, staff, community, and local key stakeholders.
John has been able to build strong reform across MAC’s governance, strategic planning, operational/service provision, and financial position/accountability.
He has been able to rebuild and re-positioned MAC as the Victorian boarder Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO), recruit a new dynamic multi skilled team of management that has strengthened MAC’s capabilities and Capacity.