Joel graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in January 2021 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of QLD in October 2021.
Joel has a range of experience within the legal industry and community engagement area. He completed internships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS), Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) and LawRight. He has completed a summer clerkship with criminal defence firm, Gilshenan and Luton and briefly worked as a Judge’s Associate to retired Queensland Supreme Court, Court of Appeal Justice, The Honourable Anthe Philippides.
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Joel has also worked as a Youth Case Manager for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) where he worked with “at risk” First Nations youth across south-east Queensland. He has also worked in recruitment and community engagement for the QUT Oodgeroo Unit.
Joel is a Gunggandji man from Yarrabah. He is a member of the CareerTrackers Alumni and an Alumni of the Cape York Leaders Secondary Schooling and Tertiary Program. He has been a part of the Cape York Leaders Program for over 10 years and continues to give back by attending and presenting at their community events.
During his studies Joel was a QUT Oodgeroo Unit Student Ambassador. As a student ambassador he would present at secondary schools about his experiences as a tertiary student, attend community events, such as NAIDOC, on behalf of the Oodgeroo Unit and support first year First Nations tertiary students in the transition from high school to university.
On the weekends Joel will usually be found playing rugby league in the Cairns local competition, taking his two young boys to the freshwater creeks around Cairns or with his family at the beach in Yarrabah.