Thomas was born on Ngunnawal/ Ngambri land (Canberra) and is a Kamilaroi and Wirdajuri man.
Tom joined the Defence Force through the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program in 2014 Tom completed his Diploma in Government and after graduating he served in the Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination office for five years. Whilst in Defence Tom chaired the Inaugural Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network. He really enjoyed this because it allowed him to meet other Indigenous people navigating the world of Defence and share knowledge, support and stories with each other.
In 2018 Tom completed a Certificate IV in Indigenous leadership. He did this because he always wanted to work in his local community. Tom won the NAIDOC Indigenous student of the year award and was nominated for the ACT Indigenous sportsperson of the year in 2019.
Tom now works for Indigenous Allied Health as Education and Training officer on Cultural Responsiveness program. The reason he chose this job after Defence was to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Tom has joined JY Australia a mentor because he wants to help give IDEP participants the best possible chance at achieving their goals and increase Indigenous representation in higher levels of government and non-governmental organisations.
Tom loves making art, he has designed Indigenous jerseys for his local AFL club for the past six years. He has had some of his art commissioned for AFLNSWACT and the ACT Government. Tom has three children, Heath, Matilda and Zara. His passions are his culture, sport and family.