Shea is an advocate who works with programs and institutions across the country to address social issues, especially those impacting upon Australian youth. As an Indigenous man Shea also promotes urban Indigenous community engagement in preventative health programs as a ‘Deadly Choices’ ambassador. Shea also sits on a number of advisory bodies including; the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, Grata Fund’s Policy Advisory Counsel, and the Community Advisory Council for the Brisbane North Primary Health Network. In 2015 Shea was appointed by the Australian Government, and UN Youth Australia to serve as the Australian Youth Delegate to the United Nations. During this appointment Shea travelled across Australia consulting over 10,000 young Australians before travelling to New York to deliver Australia’s National Youth Statement at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Before becoming the Australian Youth Delegate, Shea had worked in foreign policy for the Australian Government, and in various community development roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from The University of Queensland. Through his work Shea strives to ensure that Australian youth, especially those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are presented with the opportunities they require to fulfill their potential and become effective members of the Australian community.
Bachelor of Arts (International Relations & Peace and Conflict Studies)