Dorrelle Anderson

First Aboriginal Executive Director for Territory Families

NTNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

Dorrelle Anderson is Southern Region Executive Director for Territory Families, an organisation that aims to reduce domestic, family, and sexual violence in the community. The first Aboriginal Australian to hold this position, Dorrelle manages up to 150 staff and a budget of $30 million.

Under her leadership, Dorrelle’s team has achieved significant outcomes over the past seven years. She has played a vital role in key reforms, including implementing systems that improve efficiency and accountability, achieving the highest rate of children placed in kinship and family care in the Northern Territory, and establishing offices in remote communities.

Known for her strong work ethic and dedication to the people of the Northern Territory, Dorrelle is committed to Aboriginal advancement.

Dorrelle’s exceptional leadership, kindness and passion inspires both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Territorians to work together to create stronger family outcomes. Her work contributes to the safety of children and young people, as well as their families and communities.