Vicky Welgraven AM
Women's advocate and 2019 SA Australian of the Year Nominee
Vicky Welgraven, is a proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges SA. Vicky is an advocate and champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women, ensuring their interests are represented and their voices are heard. Vicky is a White Ribbon Australia Community Partner and a Director on the Our Watch Board where she promotes gender equality and respectful relationships and advocates for an end to Family and Domestic Violence.
Vicky is a well-respected speaker with an engaging and consultative approach, she has lobbied Federal and State members of parliament on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s issues and the impact of Family and Domestic Violence. She was also inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll in 2015, in recognition of her work as a strong advocate and an ambassador for Aboriginal women’s rights.
Vicky is a former member of the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women and a former SA representative of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA), representing them at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2016.
In 2018 Vicky was the Winner of the ‘Individual Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) Awards’ for her outstanding advocacy and campaigning for an end to Family and Domestic Violence which was presented to her by Domestic Violence Campaigner Rosie Batty.
Vicky was a Finalist for 2019 South Australian / Australian of the Year Award and for the ‘2019 Women in Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation and Intrapreneurship in Government’ for her innovative approaches to reconciliation, Aboriginal history & culture; promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and an end to family violence.
In 2022 Vicky has been appointed to the Port Adelaide Football Club AFLW Steering Committee where she will work with the AFLW Steering Committee members to ensure the successful integration of the AFLW program into the Port Adelaide Football Club.
Vicky Impressively is the first South Australian Aboriginal woman to be appointed to the role of Australia Day Ambassador, her achievements are nothing short of exemplary.