Dawn Casey

Dr Dawn Casey

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2003


Inaugural Director of the National Museum of Australia 1999-2003; Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Museum, 2005-07; formerly Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (the Powerhouse Museum) 2008-13. She was involved in the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and initiated the joint Commonwealth/State response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in Custody as a senior executive in the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Casey was Assistant Director General AusAID where her responsibilities included multilateral development banks, the United Nations, World Health Organisation and other international programs. Casey is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Murdoch University and serves on a number of boards and committees and advisory bodies. Casey’s awards for her achievements include: Honorary Doctorate of Arts, Charles Sturt University; Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Queensland; Australia Day Public Service Medal; Centenary of Federation Medal; three Commonwealth Public Service Australia Day Medals and the Clem Cummings Award for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.