Sandra Miller

Aboriginal rights activist, advocate for Indigenous health and welfare

2023 SA Senior Australian of the Year

Sandy Miller, a proud Wirangu woman from the Ceduna area, has been a trailblazer, breaking down barriers for Aboriginal women aspiring to leadership roles at a time when they were under-represented. 

Sandy trained as a social worker and in the early 1980s worked for the Department of Community Welfare in Adelaide. She pushed to change government policies that were detrimental to Aboriginal children and encouraged Aboriginal people to become foster parents.  

She went on to play an important part in policy development and service design across key state government portfolios, including Aboriginal health, ageing and welfare.  

Sandy continues to be a strong voice for her community since leaving the public service. She’s had leadership roles in Aboriginal health and legal rights groups, and holds multiple board and executive appointments.  

She has represented her community in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and at the United Nations.