Daniel Parsons

Dan was born in Toowoomba and is a Kooma - Kamilaroi man from the Uralarai clan. At the age of one Dan went into foster care with a family in Maryvale and he grew up there on a hobby farm. His foster father was a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. His other siblings went to live with his Nan and Pop in Cunnamulla.

He was 10 when he started asking his foster parents about his birth mother and at about 11 years old he began visiting her regularly.

After completing year 12 at Warwick State High School he moved to Toowoomba to do a hospitality course at Toowoomba TAFE but did not find it to his liking. He moved to Brisbane in 2000 and stayed with his sister in Indooroopilly.

Dan started working with Baseball Queensland as a volunteer and then found a job as an administrative officer with Link Up Qld Aboriginal Corporation where he worked for 18 months. While he was there he approached the manager about applying for a National Indigenous Cadetship. He was supported in this and the cadetship was approved. Dan went on to complete a Bachelor of Creative Industries at QUT. After this he gained a contract with the Department of Education.

In 2007 he moved from the Department of Education to the Department of Communities after being accepted into the Graduate Development Program. Dan has since had a very good look around the Department working in Indigenous Marketing, the Office of Youth, Community Capacity and Service Quality, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Services as well as being the Indigenous Regional Liaison Officer for Community Recovery and the Greater Brisbane Region.

Dan has 3 children, Georgia, Rhys and Lindan.