Janet Mooney is Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW. She has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal people and she strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and therefore actively promotes exemplary and innovative educational practice.
Over her career She has been a Visual Arts and Senior Aboriginal Studies secondary teacher; transferring into Head Office NSW Department of Education and Training as an Education Officer in there Aboriginal Education Unit, writing policy documents and creating resources for teachers in schools. As a consultant in Aboriginal Educational she worked in the Metropolitan East Region facilitating Cultural Awareness Workshops for principals and teachers, as well as assisting teachers a to introduce Aboriginal Studies perspectives into the school curriculum.
In 1990 she joined the University of Sydney as a lecturer in the Aboriginal Education Assistants Program (AEAP), teaching Aboriginal Studies, Aboriginal Art, Community Engagement and facilitating Counselling Studies – later Acting in the role of Coordinator AEAP. From 1996 – 2013, she was the Director of the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney.
With the closure of the Koori Centre on the 31st January 2013 she was reassigned to the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She was then seconded immediately into the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategies and Services as Academic Leader (Culture & Systems) working on the establishment of the National Centre for Cultural Competence.
Professor Janet Mooney joined the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education in February 2014. She is currently the Theme Leader for the Indigenous Culture, Education and Wellbeing at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Her research examines the effective teaching of Indigenous students; Indigenous Studies; and interventions that make a difference in educational settings; i.e. employment and education, education policy and teaching, social justice, culture, history.