Dr Michael Limerick is an Adjunct Associate Professor at ISSR and a barrister and consultant at Limerick & Associates.

He worked for the Queensland Government for 13 years, holding a range of legal, policy and management positions, including Director of the Policy Research Branch in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy. 

His recent work has focused on policy research, program evaluation, Indigenous community governance, and community development and economic participation in Indigenous and regional communities.

PhD Topic:
Case studies of Aboriginal community government performance in far north Queensland

  • Research Interests
    • Governance capacity-building in Indigenous local governments, community organisations and Traditional Owner corporations
    • Program monitoring and evaluation and performance measurement
    • Indigenous economic participation, especially in the resources industry
    • Service delivery in remote Indigenous communities
    • Indigenous law and justice
  • Publications

    Limerick, M. (2010). Finding the keys to unlock successful Aboriginal community governance: Case studies of three Aboriginal councils in North Queensland, Australia, in White, JP, Peters, J and Dinsdale, P (eds) Aboriginal Policy Research: Voting, Governance and Research Methodology, Volume X, Thompson Educational Publishing, Toronto.

    Limerick, M. (2009). What makes an Aboriginal Council Successful? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68, 4: 414-428. 

    Limerick, M. (2009). What makes an Aboriginal Council successful? Case studies of Aboriginal community government performance in far north Queensland.  Unpublished PhD thesis. Griffith Business School, Griffith University.                               

    Limerick, M. (2008). ‘Looking after family' or 'looking after community'? The role of a whole-of-community orientation in successful Aboriginal community governance. Paper presented to Australasian Political Science Association Conference, Brisbane, 6-9 July 2008.

    Limerick, M. & Yeatman, L. (2008). Lessons from an Aboriginal Partnership in Australia, in Considine, M and Giguere, S (eds) Theory and Practice of Local Governance and Economic Development, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

    Limerick, M. (2002). Indigenous community justice groups: the Queensland experience, Reform: the Journal of the Australian Law Reform Commission, 80: 15-21.

Staff Details

0439 092 911

Adjunct Associate Professor


BA (Political Science) UQ,
PhD Griffith