• SNAICC CEO Angela Singh tendered her resignation after charges were laid against her partner Wayne Muir in relation to allegations of historic sexual assault. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
The chief executive of a peak body advocating for the safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has resigned after her partner was charged in relation to allegations of historic sexual assault involving women and underage girls.
Jack Latimore

17 Jul 2019 - 10:35 AM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2019 - 10:42 AM

The head of an advocacy group for Indigenous children tendered her resignation yesterday following charges laid against her partner in relation to allegations of historic sexual assault.

Yorta Yorta woman Angela Singh stepped down from the role of chief executive of the Secretariat of Nationa­l Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) just days after 20 charges were brought against her partner Wayne Muir, the former head of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS), in court on Friday.

Ms Singh was appointed to the role in May after 25-years experience in the state and Commonwealth public service during which time she held senior positions that included Executive Director for the Koorie Outcomes Division, Victorian Department of Education and Training, and at the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

However, Ms Singh's appointment to SNAICC was viewed as controversial as it came months after the ABC's 7.30 program aired a story in February containing accusations of rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment against her partenr from four seperate women. 

Two of the alleged victims were children when the alleged incidents occurred between 1987 and 2003.

In a written statement released yesterday, SNAICC said Ms SIngh "should be recognised for her achievements and her strengths" and in her time as CEO had made "a valuable contribution" to the peak body's work. The statement also condemned "all forms of violence and abuse against children".

"Allegations of sexual assault must always be taken with the utmost seriousness and investigated by the relevant authorities," it said.

Ex-VALS CEO charged with 20 historic sexual assault offences
Wayne Muir left the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service earlier this year after shocking sexual assault, rape and sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.