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

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

We are getting involved with Philanthropy Australia and their National Conference Evolution or Revolution:  Is Philanthropy Future Ready? to be held in September 2016.

We will be doing it in partnership with Woor-Dungin and our leaders will be running 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”.

If you have any feedback on relationships between philanthropy grantmakers and communities and their organisations that you think are good examples of the right way, we want to hear about them so let us know by emailing Glenda Morrison on

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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.