Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Prior to this, he was Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University. He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre and a board member of St Vincents Health Australia. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in law and a Bachelor degree in divinity.
Frank was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to Aboriginal Australians in 1995, particularly for his work as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. In 1996 he was jointly awarded (with Pat Dodson) the inaugural Australian Council for Overseas Aid Human Rights Award, and was Rapporteur at the Australian Reconciliation Convention during 1997. The following year he was appointed an Ambassador for Reconciliation by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and was named a Living National Treasure during his involvement in the Wik debate. In 2002 he was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his work as Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor.