Annette Kogolo

Annette KogoloA Senior Kimberley Walmajarri woman and traditional owner, Annette Puruta Wayawu Kogolo is a NAATI accredited interpreter and Kimberley Interpreting Services (KIS) Co-Chairperson.

Annette Kogolo completed her interpreting and translation course at Bachelor College in the Northern Territory in 1982 and has continued to provide interpreting in many fields.

Her wealth of Kimberley-based experience expands several decades ranging from interpreting for the Aboriginal Land Inquiry (headed by Justice Paul Seaman) in 1983-84 to the Ngurrara Native Title Determination in 2007 (Justice Gilmore and Mr Dan O’Dea, Member National Native Title Tribunal) and the coronial inquest in 2008 into Alcohol Harm and Youth Suicide in Aboriginal People in the Kimberley (Coroner Alistair Hope). Annette has also interpreted for health programs (such as Notre Dame University’s Medical School students) and social services more broadly.

Annette Kogolo is an active member artist of her Art Centre, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency Aboriginal Corporation in Fitzroy Crossing, while also finding time to work as a cultural advisor for Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture and the Yiriman Project

Annette is a strong advocate for Indigenous Interpreting and responsible for Cultural Awareness programs, highlighting communication through Interpreting.


Walmajarri, Juwaliny, English


Kimberley, Ngurrara


Governance & Further Qualifications

  • Mangkaja Arts, Chairperson (2013)
  • ANKAAA Deputy Chair (2013)
  • ANKAAA Director since (2012)
  • Mangkaja Arts, Vice Chairperson (2014)
  • Kimberley Interpreting Service, Director (2012)
  • Kimberley Interpreting Service, Co-Chairperson (2014)
  • Batchelor College, Interpreting & Translating (1982)