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

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 16 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 24 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.


During 2018 the Alumni organised Elders Gatherings held in Craigieburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula.  In 2019 Community Gatherings have included a GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removals) held at Camp Jungai – Rubicon and a National Grassroots Gathering to discuss Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition in Melbourne with further Community Gatherings taking place before the end of the year.

The Fellowship has also been working with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund that exclusively focuses on Victoria.  This was launched in March 2019 and named for country by prominent Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr, Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong which means “to give jointly, to share together” in Woiwurrung language.  Members of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Alumni are part of the Board.


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Announcement Event for 2019

Wednesday 16 October 2019

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership had a very successful 2019 Announcement Event at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre Co-MC’d by Belinda Duarte and Peter Maher.  The room was full and buzzing.

Aunty Di Kerr gave a moving Welcome to Country and then we were treated to a performance by Naomi Murphy’s young Dreamtime Dance Troupe from Traralgon accompanied by a didgeridoo player.

In keeping with our practice over the past few years two short films were shown of the preceding Emerging Leaders Alister Thorpe which was filmed in Melbourne, and Naomi Murphy at the Djab Wurrung land near Ararat.

The Fellowship are pleased to announce that the Emerging Leaders for 2019-2020 are Cienan Muir who intends to use the support of the Fellowship to enable him to run a pilot Indigenous Comic Con and to participate in leadership and management training courses; and Dr Mishel McMahon who wants to work through her PHD to reach a wider audience as she feels accountable to community to disseminate her findings.

Lidia Thorpe, on behalf of the Advisory Committee, also announced a new initiative of the Community Connection/Grassroots Award.  The Fellowship will be working towards reaching individuals and communities across Victoria supporting activities that foster leadership in its many forms for the benefit of community – an outreach approach. This Award was presented to:

  • Corey Walker – Indigenous fishing club – Goulburn Valley.
  • Sherree Chaudhry – Indigenous running/walking program – health habits in community – Heywood.
  • Troy Lovett – Boy’s youth group on and off country focusing on a different outcome of the program – Heywood.
  • Charlie Solomon – Develop and explore a virtual reality project in the Justice system – across Victoria.

The photos from the evening are located in the Gallery section of the website:

Also, check out the interviews of the experiences and achievements of our 2018 – 2019 Emerging Leaders Alister Thorpe and Naomi Murphy: