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

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 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 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 where the Elders had an opportunity to tell their stories.

On 12 March 2020 AJ Williams-Tchen the launched his project “Mudigang dhulyarra – Elders speaking truthfully” short films at Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston.  There were 60+ guests who were inspired by the Elders and AJ’s work.

To view the Mudigang dhulyarr short films:


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 https://www.health.gov.au/

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.

Latest News

Calling for Applications for 2020

Calling for Applications for Emerging Leaders for 2020 has closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied and we look forward to making the announcements virtually in December with a formal gathering in 2021 where the new Emerging Leaders can provide an update on their journey to date.

Stephanie Armstrong, member of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Alumni, recently referred us to a book titled ‘Living on Stolen Land’ by Ambelin Kwaymullina, and we would like to quote from there:


The places where different worlds meet can be places of connection, enrichment and transformation.

What is to come, all the things that are next, lives within, the hearts, minds, hopes, of Indigenous peoples, and of settlers, who are committed, to justice.

Decolonised futures, are what we create, together.

Exciting Career Opportunity

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) are seeking to appoint a new Executive Director who will report to the Chair of the Advisory Committee, who will continue the great work that has been put in place and take the work to the next level of impact.

As Executive Director, you will help ensure that FIL is continually working to meet its strategic objectives whilst managing day-to-day operations of the organisation. Your strategic insight and experience will be beneficial, particularly when building partnerships with key stakeholders and partners, including government and philanthropic entities. Your passion and determination to improve outcomes for Indigenous communities in Victoria will be supported by a sound and demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the key cultural, historical, social and economic issues that are impacting on contemporary Indigenous communities.

The following is the link to the Position Description:

FIL PD Executive Director October 2020

To apply: please submit your Resume, a short cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role and your response to all of the selection criteria to Terri Ward at terri@towardco.com

Please quote EDFIL20 in the subject line of your email.