The Nominee is of Torres Strait Islander descent. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Communication Journalism & Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication. His under graduate studies were completed at Central Queensland University, Macquarie University and Griffith University. His post graduate studies were undertaken at University Sunshine Coast and Griffith University. Nelson is currently employed by Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council as Coordinator Community Radio/Events/Entertainment and is the ICTV Chair.