Garigarra is a Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Kamilaroi and Yuin woman from Dubbo, NSW. Garigarra began as an intern at the Story Factory in 2013 on the Home Project, helping to create relationships with local schools, businesses, community organisations, politicians and the police, and facilitating workshops for children and adults.
She graduated with a Bachelor of International Relations from the Australian National University in 2018. She was one of the ACT representatives for the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament, represented the ANU at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Toronto, Canada 2017, and represented the Wiradjuri nation at the Spirit of the Planet, international Indigenous festival in Bergamo, Italy 2016.
Since 2015 Garigarra has also worked part-time in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in international policy, cultural projects, cultural policy and strategic policy within Indigenous Affairs.
She also worked on Australia’s first ever Regional Deal for the Barkly region in the Northern Territory with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, leading the youth components of the deal, including amplifying youth voices in the region throughout the development and implementation stages of the deal. Garigarra is now at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she works on increasing and implementing First Nations perspectives and voices in Australia’s work in the Pacific. She is also a small business owner, running ‘Waybarra by Garigarra,’ creating traditional weaving and contemporary art.