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

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.

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation. You can support the Fellowship by making a donation through the ACF.

Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way?

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership along with Woor-Dungin presented Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way and respectful funding relationships in practice with philanthropy at the Philanthropy Australia National Conference in September 2016 as well as participating in a webinar hosted by Probono Australia and Philanthropy Australia in February 2017.

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership has chosen to capture the wisdom and experience of contributors in a document which distils and shares the key learnings, advice and insights that emerged from the Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way? events.  Click on the following to read more:

Right Way Wrong Way Which Way – Respectful Relationships April 2018

“The most important thing is … acknowledging the land where you live, the people in your community, and if you have Aboriginal community organisations or Aboriginal people who are leaders, or who work in that space, whether you have them in your organisations – and I would encourage you to employ Aboriginal people – because they give an insight into not only building their capacity, but enriching your organisation’s life, because you have someone there who has wonderful life stories and skills that will absolutely prove an asset. The first thing is that you make sure you connect with people relevant to your communities.” – Daphne Yarram – Fellow 2006-2011



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The 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders work in their first quarter has been groundbreaking and inspiring. The following is a brief outline of some of their activities to date:

Catherine Coysh has focused on establishing and promoting the Wodonga Koorie Youth Network.  To read more click on:  The Border Mail Network for Indigenous Youth to Grow in 2019

She also spent a week in Canberra volunteering for Cathy McGowan AO MP, Independent Federal Member for Indi, and networked with members of Parliament including the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Hon Linda Burney MP and Senator Patrick Dobson.

Peter Aldenhoven has been expanding and fostering the leadership of Willum Warrain and attending various regional panels, committee and network opportunities. He is also continuing the work on promoting respectful relationships between philanthropy and Aboriginal community run organisations. Peter was recently appointed in a coordinator’s role to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal Led Philanthropic Fund.

Kathryn Coff has been in the process of having the Nalderun (Dja Dja Wurrung word meaning ‘Altogether’) Aboriginal Services program evaluated which has now been completed.  Nalderun provides health, education and advocacy services in support of Aboriginal children, young people and families.  She also has been lecturing at La Trobe University, speaking at a conference in Hong Kong regarding the programs, participating at an Aboriginal teacher’s conference at the University of Melbourne and attending the Sambell Oration.

Kathryn Coff at the Brotherhood of St Laurence
Sambell Oration April 2018 with Keynote Speaker Professor Chris Sarra

Building on themes raised at the Sambell Oration, Professor Sarra provided a companion paper. Read his paper Strong and smart: investing in Indigenous children.