Prudence R Brown is currently undertaking a PhD to extend on her professional observations during nearly 20 years in senior policy roles in the Northern Territory, Australian and Queensland governments. In particular, her recent role with the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services sparked her interest in the role of public sector mindsets and traditions in the ongoing policy failure in remote Indigenous Australia and subsequent opportunities for reform. In the public sector she has worked in senior policy roles relating to Indigenous land, housing, local government and justice as well as more general policy coordination roles. Prior to the public sector she worked at the Australian National University managing a large international trade and macro-economic database and consultancy. She has also conducted consultancies for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, World Bank and UNDP.