Neville Perkins

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Neville Perkins

Member of the Northern Territory Parliament
for the Electoral division of MacDonnell
In office
Preceded byDave Pollock
Personal details
Born4 January 1952
Alice Springs
Political partyLabor Party
RelationsCharlie Perkins, Hetty Perkins
EducationNewington College
University of Sydney

Neville George Perkins OAM, (born 4 January 1952), is a former Australian politician and public servant.

Early life[edit]

Perkins is the grandson[1] of Hetty Perkins, an Eastern Arrernte elder, and a nephew of Charlie Perkins. He is a descendant of both the Eastern and Central Arrernte peoples, and was born in Mbantua, Alice Springs. He attended Newington College (1963–1969), commencing in the preparatory school, Wyvern House.[2] He is a graduate of the University of Sydney.


Perkins was a Labor Party member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly from 1977 to 1981, representing the electorate of MacDonnell. He was the first indigenous person in Australia to hold a shadow ministry in an Australian parliament, and subsequently became the party's deputy leader. Perkins resigned in 1981, not long into his second term. He later served as Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs from 1987 to 1988. He is the Founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, a Founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, the first Aboriginal General Manager of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, and the first Aboriginal General Manager of Imparja Television Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.[3] Following Imparja, he was director of the University of New South Wales' Aboriginal Education Program. He has since worked at National Indigenous Television (NITV).



  1. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 155
  3. ^ NITV - Our Staff
  4. ^ It's an Honour