Gary Fry

Gary Fry

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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney); Master of Educational Leadership & Administration (Deakin University); Graduate Diploma Leadership & Change Management (Charles Darwin University); Diploma of Business (Charles Darwin University); Graduate Certificate Educational Management (Charles Darwin University); Diploma of Teaching (Primary) (Northern Territory University); Electrical Fitter Mechanic (Darwin Institute of Technology).


  • 2021 University of Sydney medal for academic excellence, the Sister Alison Bush Medal, which is awarded to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency and contributed to the diverse life of the broader community and the University.
  • 2018 Betty Watts Indigenous Researcher Award, Australian Association for Research in Education
  • As principal, Runner-up highest acceleration in whole of school literacy and numeracy outcomes, presented to Moulden Park School (MPS), 2010 ‘NT Smart Schools’ awards, Darwin.
  • 2004 Vice Chancellor's University Medal (VET), Charles Darwin University

Gary Fry is a proud Aboriginal man from Katherine, in the Northern Territory, and is a registered member of the Dagoman language group. Gary worked initially in the VET industry as a qualified electrician during the 1980’s, prior to later qualifying as a primary school teacher in late 1989. He has taught and been principal in four remote Aboriginal schools across the NT over a decade, and has spent an equal amount of time at senior leadership and executive principal levels in urban mainstream schools in Darwin. Gary has a long-term commitment to tackling Indigenous educational inequality through his many connections in the education industry and is recognised nationally and internationally for his work in Indigenous and mainstream education.

Gary’s work as a school principal in Darwin was used as an exemplar of excellence in the development of the national accountability and performance improvement framework (APIF), used to guide school strategic agendas across Australia. In recent years Gary has undertaken senior executive level roles at Charles Darwin University, including Principal in Residence at the Centre for School Leadership 2012-2013 and from 2014-2016 was the Director, responsible for school leadership training across the Northern Territory government education sector. In 2016 Gary was Associate Professor of Education Indigenous School Leadership, within the School of Education at CDU, and in 2017 was Director Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research, Batchelor Institute. Since 2018 Gary has been a research active academic within the College of Education (CoE) at CDU, and in 2020 worked also in the role of Assistant Dean Indigenous Education.

Gary is an Aboriginal critical race theorist (CRT) and his research interests include CRT methodology;  racism studies; colonisation studies; Indigenous and mainstream education policy design and service modelling; school leadership studies; capitalism, structural inequality and wickedness; NT remote Aboriginal social capitalism; schooling and community development; NT Aboriginal existentialism; Western political economy; NT remote Aboriginal political economy; social complexity theory/post modernism/post structuralism and organisational studies.


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