About

Ros Moriarty Portrait

Ros Moriarty is a business owner, social investor and author. She is Managing Director and Co-Founder of both Balarinji and the Moriarty Foundation.

Balarinji is a Sydney-based strategy and design business best known for the Balarinji-Qantas collection of art aircraft featuring Aboriginal designs. Established 35 years, Balarinji’s work for public and private sectors spans public art and curatorial, cultural design principles for major infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, branding campaigns and digital. The studio’s clients include Qantas, Microsoft, Caltex, Aurecon, WSP, Transport for NSW, Downer EDI, Lendlease, Woods Bagot, Hassell and the Australian Paralympic Committee.

The Moriarty Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative established in 2011 that enables Aboriginal families and communities in NT, Queensland and NSW to unlock the potential of their children. Its two interrelated programs are John Moriarty Football for 6-16 year olds, and Indi Kindi early learning for babies to 5 year olds. Indi Footi at Indi Kindi applies the benefits of sport and movement to very young children in the Foundation’s walking learning model, to optimise learning and school readiness.

Ros, the Independent Chair of the FFA Women’s Football Council, was named Winner Business Enterprise in the 2015 Financial Review/Westpac Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards. She is an inductee of both the Australian Design Institute Hall of Fame and the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. Her Board appointments have included Menzies School of Health Research Darwin, the National Gallery of Australia, Australian Major Events SA and the Australian Academy of Design.

An alumnus of the Australian National University, Ros’s awards include the St Peters Citizenship Award, and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce. She was a finalist in the 2017 Third Sector Volunteer of the Year, and in 2018 was named a Companion of the University by Charles Darwin University.

Ros is the author of the memoir Listening to Country (Allen & Unwin 2010), shortlisted for both The Age 2010 Book of the Year, and the Australian Human Rights Commission Literary Award. She has also written eight picture books for children (Allen & Unwin 2012-18), variously listed for The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award (2012 & 2015), and the 2013 Australian Environment Award for Children’s Literature.