Phynea Clarke, born in Darwin on Larrakia country, is a well-respected Aranda woman from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Central Australia. Phynea has been working and advocating for systemic and real change for the Aboriginal population for over 34 years.
Phynea is the CEO and longest standing employee of CAAFLUAC (Central Australia Aboriginal Family Legal Unit Aboriginal Corporation), having commenced with the service in 2000, the day CAAFLUAC opened its doors to the public. CAAFLUAC provides culturally appropriate legal and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence or sexual assault – predominantly women and their children. For the first 10 years of her career with CAAFLUAC, Phynea worked on the frontline with clients and shoulder to shoulder with legal staff to achieve best practice outcomes. In late 2010, Phynea was appointed CEO for the organisation and remains passionate in her work with vulnerable and high-risk clients and particularly with the social injustices to the Aboriginal population.
In addition to Phynea’s leadership of CAAFLUAC, she has held the position of Deputy Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum) since 2016. The National FVPLS Forum is the peak body for the 14 FVPLSs throughout Australia.
Phynea holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University.