Peter Pilot-Wakaisu appointed to reference group
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Goodstart’s Peter Pilot-Wakaisu appointed to First Nations Expert Reference Group

by Freya Lucas

May 24, 2024

Peter Pilot-Wakaisu, Torres Strait Islander Cultural Liaison for Goodstart Early Learning, has been appointed to the First Nations Expert Reference Group established by the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO).


The First Nations Expert Reference Group is newly formed and made up entirely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with backgrounds in education. The reference group will offer insights into practice and policy around the country, ensuring AERO’s contribution to education research, policy and practices meet the needs of First Nations communities.


Mr Pilot-Wakaisu, a Saisarem tribal member from Erub, said he was looking forward to sharing his insights as part of the group.


“I am quite thankful to be offered a position as a member of AERO’s First Nations Expert Reference Group,” he said.


“This is an amazing opportunity to share the insights I have gained throughout my career to help inspire change and to play a role in guiding the future of First Nations education in Australia.”


Since joining Goodstart in 2021, Mr Pilot-Wakaisu has been integral in deepening knowledge and understanding of Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements in the organisation. 


He has been instrumental in Goodstart’s partnership with the Ngurupai (Horn Island) community in the Torres Strait – with a shared goal to improve early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through the formation of the Ngurupai Early Childhood Advisory Group.


Prior to joining Goodstart, he worked within Commonwealth Government Indigenous Affairs including community development, employment and education. He was previously Indigenous Affairs Advisor to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Program Manager – Community Development Program (CDP) for the Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council.


Learn more about AERO here.

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