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.
Over the last 12 months the Alumni have been organising Elders Gatherings and to date they have been held in Craigeburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula. Further Gatherings have been planned for 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 and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund which has now been established. It has been 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.
Announcement of the 2019 – 2020 Emerging Leaders
Friday 11 October 2019
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities by investing in recognised leaders and providing opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous 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 ‘Calling for Applications’ for Emerging Leaders for 2019-2020 closed on 31 August 2019 and the Selection Panel made their recommendations to the Advisory Committee which were accepted.
The announcements will be made on Wednesday 16 October 2019.
The interviews of the 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders will be released on that date and uploaded to the website shortly after.
So watch this space about the announcements for 2019 and the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader interviews.
The Emerging Leaders 2017 – 2018
The films of the 2018 – 2019 Emerging Leaders will be added to the website at the end of the year, however, in the meantime check out the experiences and achievements of our 2017 – 2018 Emerging Leaders:
Daphne Yarram – who lives with her family in Sale in Gippsland, Victoria – was awarded her Indigenous Leadership Fellowship in 2006. For more than 24 years, Daphne has championed the cause of the...
Janine Coombs is a Wotjoboluk woman who has taken on a number of significant leadership roles in her community in the area of native title, but she has also dedicated herself to promoting social and...
Jody Barney is a Murri woman from Urangan (near Hervey Bay) with kinship to Fraser Island Birri-Gubba and the Gurangi people of Barcaldine. For the last 25 years, Jody has been in Victoria where she...
Alister Thorpe is an Aboriginal man from the Gunai (East Gippsland) Yorta Yorta (Goulburn Valley), and Gunditjmara (Western Districts) clans in south-eastern Australia with many family and...