Professor Ian Anderson
Steven Delaney
Lidia Thorpe
Rueben Berg
Jody Barney
Daphne Yarram
Belinda Duarte
Janine Coombs
Clayton Murray-Mitchell
Stephanie Armstrong
Melissa Stevens
Nathan Lovett-Murray
Paul Briggs OAM
Roland Atkinson
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.

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

Over the past 20 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 28 Emerging Leaders, 4 Community Connection/Grassroots and 1 Leadership Bursary Award.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Everyone can play their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when out in the community, avoid unnecessary community travel to stop sickness spreading, using good personal hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, and using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

We also encourage everyone to regularly check the Coronavirus website as well as their COVID-19 information page for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We all need to protect our families, our Elders and our Communities so stay safe everyone!

Our Survival Day 2023

In January 2023 the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership were a sponsor of Our Survival Day 2023 organised by Our Songlines held at The Briars, Mt Martha on Bunurong land, of the Boon Wurrung Language Group within the Kulin Nation.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership respectfully acknowledges all Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways in Victoria.  We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Latest News

September 2023

In 2004, Michael Long walked from Wurundjeri Country to Ngunnawal-Ngambri Country (Melbourne to Canberra) for respect and unity and in 2023 Michael Long once again made the journey.

Rueben Berg, Ngarra Murray, Alister Thorpe, Aunty Pam Pedersen, Peter Maher, Maree Davidson and many other members of the community joined Michael Long at the Melbourne Town Hall where Michael and supporters commenced the walk to Canberra.

Michael Long’s journey has taken him to small towns and spaces that populate the 660 kilometre highway and called on Australians to act with love, not rage, after completing the walk on Thursday 14 September 2023.

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) believe that our Alumni will represent themselves and their communities in the best way possible across Victoria.  We believe our Alumni will make informed decisions on the Voice and a choice that reflects their personal view and their communities view and we recognise that our Alumni will connect in conversation with their Elders and traditional custodians to ensure they are represented well.  

FIL wishes all of our Alumni success in that process in the future. 

Alumni Projects 2022 – 2023

The following is a presentation of the work of some of the Alumni over the last 12 months through the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership: