2007 Young Australian of the Year Indigenous Youth Advocate
DOB: 1 / Jan / 1981
Tania Major is a Kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Far North Queensland. She has been recognized as a leader and advocate for Aboriginal people at the national and state levels and within the communities of Cape York. She was awarded the 2007 Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work. Tania has also dedicated herself to supporting remote communities through her work with her company Tania Major Consulting and her volunteer roles on boards and committees that address the special disadvantages remote Aboriginal people face. She is a strong advocate for improving the health of Aboriginal women and has lent her support to a range of initiatives including: Diabetes Australia, the Gardasil Cervical Cancer campaign and as an ambassador for Mission Australia. Tania recognises the importance of working with individuals so that they have the skills and knowledge they need to define and pursue lives that are free from the bonds of welfare dependency. She believes that with good education and mentoring, Aboriginal people's intelligence, wisdom and humour can provide a strong cornerstone for Australia as a nation.