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

Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community


The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The value of the investment in building First Nations leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.

The Fellowship supports past, present and future First Nations leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.

Over the past 16 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 26 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.


During 2018 the Alumni organised Elders Gatherings in Craigieburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2019 Community Gatherings included a GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removals) held at Camp Jungai – Rubicon, a National Grassroots Gathering to discuss Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition in Melbourne and an Elders Gathering in Hastings at Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association where the Elders had an opportunity to tell their stories.

AJ Williams-Tchen, Emerging Leader 2015- 2016, launched his project “Mudigang dhulyarra – Elders speaking truthfully” short films at Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston in March 2020.  There were 60+ guests attending who were inspired by the Elders and AJ’s work.

To view the Mudigang dhulyarr short films:–N9r7-SxvArqLA_qs8tg

Stay Home and Stop the Spread

Avoid travelling between communities to stop sickness spreading.  We all need to protect our Elders and Community.

Find out more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting

Stay safe everyone!

Acknowledgement of Country

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership respectfully acknowledges all traditional custodians of the land and waterways in Victoria and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership hope that 2021 will be a great year for everyone in our First Nations communities as well as the broader communities throughout Victoria and nationwide.

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to catching up with people when it is safe to do so.

Announcements of the 2020 – 2021 Emerging Leaders

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership are proud to announce the Emerging Leaders for 2020 – 2021 which are Candace Williams and Shantelle Thompson.

Candace Williams is a Yorta Yorta, Gunnai and Wiradjuri woman, raised in Echuca and now living in Melbourne.

Candace has established the Bowarring Mentoring Program an 8-week program for 13-18 year old young women in Echuca held on Saturdays but ideally she would like to reach many communities across the state of Victoria.  Her vision is to empower young women to believe in their strength and be proud of their identity.

Shantelle Thompson is a Wiimpatya, Malyangapa, Barkandji, Nhuunghku woman living in Mildura and will be known to many as the 2019 NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year in recognition of her martial arts world titles.

Shantelle’s pilot program recently started in the Mallee Region and already has 18 participants. The program is a trauma informed self empowerment, self leadership and life skills program. It focuses on inspiring young women to believe in themselves, providing role models, using martial arts/sports and being active as a vehicle to engage with them.

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership look forward to working with Candace and Shantelle over the next 12 months and beyond.

Stay tuned for further updates on our exciting new Emerging Leaders.