Trevor Pearce
Rueben Berg
Professor Ian Anderson
Lidia Thorpe
Nathan Lovett-Murray
Daphne Yarram
Melissa Stevens
Belinda Duarte
Janine Coombs
Steven Delaney
Paul Briggs OAM
Stephanie Armstrong
Jody Barney
Clayton Murray-Mitchell
Roland Atkinson

Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community


The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities.

The Fellowship invests in recognised leaders and provides opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. The value of the investment in building Indigenous leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.

The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.

Over the past 15 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, and 22 Emerging Leaders.

Current Activities

Over the last 12 months the Alumni have been organising Elders Gatherings and to date they have been held in Craigeburn, Ulupna and Wodonga.  Further Gatherings have been planned for November on the Mornington Peninsula with more in Melbourne early 2019.

These have ranged from small to large but as one Elder said ‘it is not the amount of people participating it is about the yarning’.



The Fellowship has also been working with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal Led Philanthropic Fund.  More information on this will be announced in November 2018.


Latest News

Congratulations to the New Emerging Leaders for 2018 – 2019

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership congratulates Alister Thorpe and Naomi Murphy as the Emerging Leaders for 2018 – 2019.

Learn more about Alister and Naomi and their proposed leadership activities:

Alister Thorpe – Emerging Leader 2018 – 2019

Naomi Murphy – Emerging Leader 2018 – 2019

Announcement Awards 2018

Seminar Invitation

Alister Thorpe has organised his first seminar which will be held on Tuesday 20 November 2018 from 2.30 – 3.30 pm titled US Indigenous Health Systems:  Promises and Pitfalls presented by Karen Diver the Inaugural Faculty Fellow, College of St Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.  For further details go to:

The Emerging Leaders 2017 – 2018

Check out the experiences and achievements of our 2017 – 2018 Emerging Leaders on film:

Catherine Coysh – Emerging Leader 2017 – 2018

Peter Aldenhoven – Emerging Leader 2017 – 2018

Kathryn Coff – Emerging Leader 2017 – 2018

3 Rivers Festival

The 5th Annual ‘3 Rivers Festival’ is happening on 17 and 18 November 2018.  Click on the following for more details:

3 Rivers Poster_Concert & Market 2018

3 Rivers Poster_Touch Football Expressions of Interest 2018