• Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine and Prime Minister Tony Abbott. (AAP)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced the membership of his 12 person Indigenous advisory council.
23 Nov 2013 - 10:44 AM  UPDATED 23 Nov 2013 - 12:50 PM

A top bank boss, miners and an artist are among those chosen to lead a shake up of Indigenous affairs.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced the membership of his 12-person Indigenous advisory council which Warren Mundine heads up.

About 300 people applied to be on the council.

Mr Abbott said he wants new engagement with Aboriginal people to be one of the hallmarks of his council.

Among those chosen include Westpac Bank chief executive officer Gail Kelly and Rio Tinto Australia's managing director David Peever who will draw on their business experience to help improve economic development in indigenous communities.

Daniel Tucker, an Aboriginal man from Kalgoorlie who runs Carey Mining the largest indigenous-owned mining contractor has been selected along with Richard Ah Mat an indigenous man involved in the Cape York Welfare Reform agenda.

Reconciliation Australia chief executive Leah Armstrong and Ngiare Brown, one of the first Aboriginal medical graduates in Australia will also sit on the council.

East Arnhem land traditional owner and artist Djambawa Marawili and former secretary of the department of prime minister and cabinet Peter Shergold are members.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation chief executive Andrew Penfold whose organisation secures scholarships at top schools for indigenous students is on the council.

In April, Mr Abbott had to demote his senior staff member Mark Roberts who made threats against Mr Penfold and his organisation at a business function.

The staffer later apologised.