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Larissa Behrendt Larissa Behrendt i(A14355 works by) (birth name: Larissa Yasmin Behrendt )
Born: Established: 1969 Cooma, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Kamilaroi ; Aboriginal Eualeyai ; Aboriginal
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Academic, lawyer and writer, Larissa Behrendt graduated from Harvard Law School with a doctorate in 1998. Her thesis was later published as the book Achieving Social Justice : Indigenous Rights and Australia's Future (2003). She is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and the ACT as a barrister.

Since 2001 Behrendt has been Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney and has published extensively on property law, Indigenous rights, dispute resolution and Aboriginal women's issues. Other works include Aboriginal Dispute Resolution (1995).

In 2003 she was awarded, with Marcia Langton, the Neville Bonner Indigenous University Teacher of the Year Award. Behrendt has been a director of Ngiya, National Institute of Indigenous Law, Policy and Practice, a council member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, a Judicial Member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, Equal Opportunity Division and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board. She has also been a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a Director of the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Behrendt is the daughter of Paul Behrendt. In 2004 she fictionalised the story of her father's search for his Indigenous heritage in her novel Home

In 2009 she was named NAIDOC person of the year and in March 2011 became the first Chair of Indigenous Research at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since April 2011, Larissa's column Pointed View is a regular in Tracker magazine.

Other Works:

First Australians. Edited with Cathy Hammer, Sydney Legal Information Access Centre, 2013.

Indigenous Australia for Dummies, Wiley, 2012. 



Most Referenced Works


  • In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Larissa Behrendt has also published the following :

    After the Apology (documentary with Michaela Perske) (2017)

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Order of Australia Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)  For distinguished service to Indigenous education and research, to the law, and to the visual and performing arts.
2019 joint winner UTS Human Rights Awards UTS Indigenous Excellence Award

with Paddy Gibson and Craig Longman. For their work on a transformative research project addressing the contemporary crisis of Indigenous child removals, providing family and community support alongside advocacy for broader policy change.

2011 national finalist Australian of the Year Awards New South Wales

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Maralinga Tjarutja ( dir. Larissa Behrendt ) Australia : Blackfella Films Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2020 20705713 2020 single work film/TV

'Maralinga Tjarutja land, located in regional South Australia, was used for the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963. The Maralinga Tjarutja people fought for the clean-up of contamination, for compensation and for the handback in 2009 of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites. They have since rebuilt traditional communities into vibrant, creative cultural communities that will ensure Maralinga Tjarutja custodianship of their lands into the future.

'New SAFC supported ABC documentary Maralinga Tjarutja tells this story through the eyes of the Maralinga Tjarutja people, who have lived on their lands for over 60 thousand years. The documentary shines a fresh spotlight on what is both a story of deep tragedy and also incredible resilience, celebrating the people, their tenacious spirit and cultural strength through which they fight to retain their country.'

Source: South Australian Film Corporation (Sighted: 4/11/2020).

2021 nominated AIDC Awards Best Documentary / Factual Single
2020 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Direction in Nonfiction Television
2020 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Documentary or Factual Program
form y separately published work icon Total Control Black B*tch ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Australia : Blackfella Films Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2019-2021 15284926 2019 series - publisher film/TV

'An unlikely national hero, Alex is catapulted into government in a cynical power play. Used, abandoned and underestimated, now she's on a path that will send the political establishment into meltdown.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2019 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Barbara ( dir. Larissa Behrendt et. al. )agent Australia : Pursekey Productions , 2017 14375268 2017 single work film/TV

'Since Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen generation in 2008 the number of Indigenous children in out of home care in Australia has risen from 9,000 to over 16,000. Noongar woman Barbara was caring for her grandchildren when in 2013 her daughter Tiara was taken from school by welfare workers and returned to Queensland. At no time did FACS alert Barbara to any issues regarding Tiara’s welfare. Barbara fought for the next seven months to have her returned to her care. With the help of Grandmothers Against Removal (GMAR) Barbara won her case but knows there are possible long term consequences. “I can’t say that the time she was in FACS hasn’t changed her because it has. And I just hope that over time, we can help her deal with all the things she has to deal with. Sometimes I think that it’s too much for one little child.”'

Source: Pursekey Productions.

2018 special mention Sydney Film Festival Awards Yoram Gross Animation Award
2017 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Short Animation
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