Grace is originally from Victoria, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Diploma of Languages (Indonesian Studies) from Monash University. During her studies, Grace attended Universitas Gadjah Mada, located in Yogyakarta, Java, and studied Indonesian law. Prior to relocating to Broome, Grace was based in Chengdu, Western China, under the Victorian Government's Hamer Scholarship Program. She has worked extensively as an Indonesian Affairs research consultant for global NGO Human Rights Watch in both Indonesia and Australia, focusing primarily on land rights across the archipelago. She has also worked as a communications officer for the Melbourne-based Indigenous Education Foundation and at the Nulungu Research Institute in Broome. Her past writing on the environment and First Nations affairs has appeared in a range of national and international news outlets such as Al Jazeera, Asia Times, and The Jakarta Post.