Australia Day

26 January 2015

187 days to go

Kevin Keeffe

Kevin Keeffe


Queensland Executive Director, Australian Red Cross

Kevin Keeffe started his career as a school teacher in remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York and Central Australia.

He has represented Australia on many international forums, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and was Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Environment Policy Committee for four years. He has also been the Australian representative on Asia Pacific forums including South Pacific Regional Environment Program, the PNG Torres Strait Environment Committee and bilateral bodies with the Indonesian Government.

Kevin also worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet advising on the Mabo decision from 1992 and establishing the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. He has been a ministerial advisor or senior departmental advisor to successive national governments and ministers from both sides of politics over 20 years

In December 2011, Kevin joined the Australian Red Crossafter serving as Queensland State Manager in the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. In that role he managed the vast range of family, housing and community services in Queensland and was engaged with the Queensland Government and Australian Red Cross on the community recovery effort after the flood and cyclone disasters of the 2010–11 summer.

He has also been closely involved in Indigenous issues in Queensland, including in Cape York and efforts on remote Indigenous housing in Queensland.

He is the author of two books on Indigenous issues, including a biography and family history of Indigenous leader, Patrick Dodson.