Ros Moriarty was born in Devonport, Tasmania and moved to Canberra when she was 17 to study at the Australian National University. A former journalist, Ros has spent most of her professional life as Creative and Managing Director of Balarinji, a design business she established with her Aboriginal husband, John Moriarty, in 1983. She is also co-founder and Managing Director of the not-for-profit Nangala Project. In 2012 Ros founded the Indi Kindi early literacy programme for babies to five-year-olds, to help remote-region Aboriginal families change life opportunities for their children.
Ros was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2014 and named Winner–Business Enterprise in the 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015. She is also the author of several award-winning books, including her memoir, Listening to Country, four children’s books and Colouring Country, An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book.