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

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.

A First for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership – September 2016

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, in partnership with Woor-Dungin, ran a session titled “Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way?  Stories from the field, practical steps and tools to forge respectful relationships and invest in Leadership of Aboriginal Australia” at the 2016 Philanthropy Australia National Conference.

Belinda Duarte, co-moderator, set the scene for the session by asking the Aboriginal people in the room to introduce themselves and to speak briefly about their connection to country and the issues important to them.

The panel, Daphne Yarram, Peter Aldenhoven and Tim Goodwin, spoke from their hearts about what is needed to build respectful relationships between philanthropy and Aboriginal people and their communities.

Most of all everyone welcomed and encouraged philanthropy to get to know them, for some mutual learning and to explore how they can work together for better outcomes for everyone and as a contribution to what Australia could be if it gets this ‘right’.

We hope that this session was only the beginning of the conversation so please watch this space for future developments.

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An Important Message

Over a 13 year timeframe, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership has supported many Victorian Indigenous emerging and established leaders to progress their individual and community aspirations.  During this period, we have been amazed at the level of innovative and creative ideas that have been pursued and implemented within the Victorian Indigenous community.

There have been many notable achievements for the Fellowship and a great deal of this work has been targeted toward empowering Indigenous Leaders to focus their drive and energy in areas that have been identified as being of significance, and importance to the Victorian Indigenous community.

The Fellowship is acutely aware that the Indigenous leadership landscape has changed considerably and presents many exciting opportunities that require a renewed sense of focus to ensure that we can respond and provide support to the already established Alumni and future Fellows and Emerging Leaders.

Therefore, we feel that to be responsive we need to gain a clearer understanding of the challenges that are evident within the Indigenous leadership space. As a result, the Advisory Committee has decided to put the ‘Call for Applications’ for the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders on hold.

We will then engage with the existing Indigenous Alumni to explore the potential of a new direction and new ideas that have the capacity to support the professional development needs of existing Alumni and Fellows including future Emerging Leaders.

The valuable information gained will allow the Fellowship to be more targeted and provide ongoing support for future Victorian Indigenous leaders.

We will report back on our findings.

New Videos on the Website

We have uploaded 3 new videos to the website so please take the time to view Leadership and Respect 2016 on the Home Page as well as Terori Hareko-Samios and AJ Williams-Tchen on their respective pages under Emerging Leaders.

Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Retreat

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership will be holding a Retreat on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March 2017  for the Alumni and Indigenous Selection Panel members from over the years to explore the future of the Fellowship, its purpose and how it can best contribute to, and support, leadership across Victoria’s Aboriginal communities.  The venue and program will be emailed to participants prior to the Retreat.