Josephine Cashman

About Josephine Cashman

Josephine Amy Cashman is an Aboriginal Australian lawyer and entrepreneur, of Warrimay heritage. Cashman was an inaugural member of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council in 2013, appointed by Tony Abbott. She addressed a UN Human Rights Council session focussing on violence against Indigenous girls and women.

Josephine is a former Crown Prosecutor, a lawyer and a businesswoman with more than two decades of experience working on the ground towards economic progress for Aboriginal people. She sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. In recognition of her commitment, she was selected as a friend of the Commonwealth Treasury in 2016 and in 2018, she was an honoured recipient of the UTS Faculty of Law Alumni Award for Excellence. She has undertaken numerous consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

In 2016, Josephine founded the Big River Impact Foundation (BRIF), which is an Indigenous philanthropic entity committed to community involvement in decision making and economic freedom for Aboriginal people. BRIF aims to transition Indigenous people away from welfare dependency towards economic freedom by encouraging participation in training programs, local business opportunities, community-centred employment opportunities and the stimulation of community-led economic development.

Josephine has also been organising a campaign, One Voice Australia, which is committed to a united Australia.