Tina Schubert – Professional Profile

Tina Schubert has had a long and varied career in the field of Aboriginal Affairs; and previous to this, in Primary/Transition and Aboriginal Education.

She has worked in both the Commonwealth and State Public Services, in a range of areas including strategic and operational planning, adult training and development, business planning, corporate governance and financial training, employment programming and evaluation, policy development and implementation:

Tina has facilitated cross agency collaboration initiatives, managed numerous projects, and worked as a consultant for several firms as well as managing her own consultancy.

She has also been employed in a number of management positions in the field of Aboriginal Affairs, most recently as a manager in the Indigenous Education and Employment Program in the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations.(DEEWR)

Work with Indigenous Individuals and groups.;

  • From 2010-12 Tina has been a Team leader/manager of the West Coast Indigenous Education and Employment Team in the DEEWR SA Office. She has managed the Delivery of the Indigenous Employment program (IEP) including business development; and a range of education and childcare programs under the IETA umbrella (Targeted Assistance Programs).
  • From 2004-11 Tina was employed as a Solution Broker (DEEWR) for the Far West Coast, Adelaide, and state based programs under IEP. She worked with Aboriginal communities and organizations, in partnership with Registered Training organizations (RTOs )and DEEWR panel members to increase Aboriginal employment opportunities in remote and regional areas; and to support development of community enterprises across the region.
  • Tina has been the chairperson and facilitator of the EESP (Employment, Enterprise and Strategic Planning) group of RTOs, NGOs, and Aboriginal communities of the Far West Coast; a cross agency collaboration and planning group for action in the areas of Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise development.
  • From 2003-4 she was a Senior Executive manager for CDEP Training and Development Program: Adelaide National Office.

Previous to this Tina was involved in a range of Indigenous related programs, including

  • Community Development Project officer for Aboriginal Services Division of State Department of Human Services (later SA Health).Based in Ceduna;
  • Involvement with the Social Services Committee of the Ceduna Council; chair of Subcommittee of the Ceduna Council to work on Dry Areas Legislation and Liquor restrictions with the Liquor Licencing Commission;
  • Involvement with Yalata community governance and health projects and the Drug Diversionary program.
  • Set up the Far West Enterprise and Learning Alliance (FWELA) in Ceduna: implemented funding and development of the Training Centre at Old Emu Farm.

From 1998-2004 Tina was self employed in a business partnership in the East West Motel in Ceduna; she also managed part time own consultancy business which included involvement in the development of the National Land Management Training Package: concentrating on the Indigenous aspects of the training, and was also a Senior Consultant to Ferrier Hodgson Government Services Division: Canberra office.

Previous to this she was the manager (Operations) of Mara Tjuta Management Services: an all Aboriginal SA based corporate organization formed to deliver a range of services to Aboriginal people and organizations both locally and nationally.

Her background in Community Management Training and Enterprise Development and Business Planning Units in DeTAFE SA Aboriginal Education, Assistant Director of Aboriginal Employment Development Policy (DAA/ATSIC) in SA, and advisory consultant to Education Department NSW, Special Programs has enabled her to incorporate her planning facilitation and management skills to the education and employment fields of the Indigenous portfolio.


1990: Certificate in Management Practices: Australian Institute of Management
1988: Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies: University of SA
1983: Bachelor of Education; University of SA.
1963-85 Primary and Community Development teacher in NSW, SA country and western suburbs schools.
1960-61: Wattle Park Teachers College and Adelaide University: Diploma of Education