Jarrod is a Taungurung man from the Kulin Nation in central Victoria and a member of the Victorian Aboriginal community. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, he has graduated with a MSc Social Policy (Research) with Distinction from the London School of Economics in 2019. He was also awarded the Loch Exhibition Prize.
Jarrod also completed a combined Bachelor of Arts and Law with First Class Honours in Law from Monash University in 2014. Towards the end of this degree, Jarrod played a pivotal role in designing and implementing a pathway program for Indigenous students to study law at Monash. Jarrod was nominated as the Monash representative for the 2014 Chief Justice's Medal for Excellence and Community Service in recognition of his role in developing his pathway. Jarrod also received the LexisNexis Award For Excellence, the Indigenous Law Prize and the Landon-Smith Family Scholarship during his studies.
Prior to his current role as Senior Advisor, RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice, Jarrod has worked as Executive Officer, Southern Metropolitan Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee for the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, and was also a Director of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.
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The achievement I'm most proud of is graduating with distinction and being awarded the Loch Exhibition Prize. I'm also proud of gaining employment at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. In this role, I work alongside very eminent academics and have been given the opportunity to co-author academic papers. This experience has allowed me to apply learning from my study and continue my professional development in the field of social research.