Caroline Hughes

Champion of Aboriginal culture

ACTNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

Caroline Hughes is a proud Ngunnawal woman who is dedicated to uniting people from all nations and walks of life.

A true champion of Aboriginal Culture, Caroline’s efforts have enhanced and grown the capacity of the Yurauna Centre to meet the needs of the community – while ensuring that preserving cultural heritage remains the essence of the Centre’s work.

Caroline understands the power of education to unlock opportunities and help others achieve their dreams. She goes above and beyond her role as a professional educator, supporting countless individuals in gaining the qualifications they need to succeed in their employment goals. Under her leadership, the ACT has achieved the best national outcomes in the training sector for First Nations peoples. 

As a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, Caroline generously gives much of her time to improving the lives of others and provides a shining example of what can be achieved in the community.