Farley is a Wadjuk Noongar man who was raised on Ballardong country. He has worked extensively in the transport and mining sectors but his passion is working with Aboriginal people. He was Manager of Palmerston’s Men’s Night Shelter, then Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Cyril Jackson SHS and became a strong advocate for Aboriginal people, including youth, families and communities.

Farley has accumulated many years of high-level experience on Aboriginal governance committees at a local, state and national level, including as Chairperson of ATSIC’s Perth Noongar Regional Council, National ATSIC Commissioner, Chairperson of Nyoongar Outreach Services, Board member of Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation. He is currently Executive Officer of Noongar Mia Mia.

He has been NAIDOC Elder of the year and was awarded a Silver Star by the Governor General of Australia.