Terri Janke

Solicitor Director


Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and is known for innovating pathways between the law and the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples. As the owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, she empowers Indigenous peoples to assert their ICIP rights and prosper in their business and creative endeavours. She advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement. She has written leading ICIP protocols and models for various sectors including the arts, museums, archives, film and business. Terri is also a valued mentor and an accredited mediator and governance expert.

​Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Rene Kulitja, 'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019)


Terri was admitted to practice in 1995. She holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate and is a member of the Law Society of NSW. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and LEADR Mediators. Terri’s governance experience includes current board positions with the State Library of NSW and the National Gallery of Australia. Some of her previous board positions include: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (Deputy Chair), Jawun, Tourism Australia, National Indigenous Television (Chair) and Ngalaya Indigenous Lawyers Association (Chair).


Recent Projects


Selected Awards

  • Indigenous Business Leader of the Year, MyBusiness Awards (2019)

  • Community Lawyer of the Year, Women Lawyers Association of NSW (2019)

  • Finalist, Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards (2015)

  • Finalist, Indigenous Business, Ethnic Business Awards (2015)

  • Australian Attorney-General’s Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year (2012)

  • NAIDOC Person of the Year Award (2011)

  • Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Award (2007)

Terri is an accomplished business woman and property investor. She is married and has two beautiful adult children. To relax she enjoys music, beach walks and exercising at NCIE gym.

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All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage and staff profiles. See Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. See Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit her website to see more.

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