Ms Janet Turpie-Johnstone

PhD scholar

Equity Pathways Officer ACU/Sessional Teaching Education – Aboriginal Art and Culture.
Bachelor Theology (United Faculty of Theology)
Cert 3 Aboriginal Art and Culture (Box Hill TAFE)
Cert 4 Community Development (Swinburne TAFE)
Cert 4 Education and Assessment (Goldmark College)
Honours (ACU)

Topic or working title

‘Bunjil weaves past and future in the present.’

Abstract or summary

Janet is working on a PhD across multiple disciplines, including Aboriginal philosophy, fine arts and mythology.

Panel members and positions

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Janet served as Curate at St. James in Dandenong, Victoria, plus President of the City of Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network. She moved to Heathmont as Parish Priest, merging Ringwood East and Heathmont parishes with Ringwood parish. While in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Janet served on the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council (NATSIAC), the Anglican Indigenous Network – International (AIN), along with fulfilling various other roles. She represented Australia in Kuala Lumpur, meeting with activists and scholars and writing a response to the USA military hegemony post-9/11. Janet has worked in training (Cultural Awareness and Certification), working in the Community Sector across Australia. She joined the Jim Baa Yer (Centre for Indigenous Education) at the Australian Catholic University in 2012. Restructures in 2014 to form ‘First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate”, whose role is to engage Aboriginal students, families and school staff, to promote access to Higher Education in the state. Janet also completed a basic cultural heritage training workshop with Aboriginal Affairs, Victoria.


  • Permai Action Plan (2002).
  • Various with Gesher, Jesuit Publications, Spiritual Direction.
  • Several in the “Dreaming”.

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