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

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 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.

Over the past 19 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 28 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.

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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

January 2022

The Fellowship for Indigenous are proud to announce the new Emerging Leaders which are Daen Sansbury-Smith and Rose Johnson-Briggs.

Daen Sansbury-Smith is a Narungga and Trawoolwaway man who grew up in South Australia and Victoria.

Daen will be using his existing film, art, audio-engineering skills to develop Augmented Reality Products which will allow people to explore Indigenous artworks, map ancestral memory and connection to country, and share stories, cultural design and the creative processes behind them.

Daen’s goal is to contribute to his community as he is driven by wanting to ensure that they are the owners of their narratives, cultural expressions and evolution as family, clan group or broader community members.

Rose Johnson-Briggs is a proud Aboriginal woman who grew up on Yorta Yorta country before moving to Melbourne.

Rose started her career in local government and has worked with organisations dedicated to the Victorian Indigenous community. She left her most recent role to create an interactive Cultural Baby Milestone Book which she plans to launch this year.

This book not only follows all the developmental milestones and it uniquely includes and celebrates Cultural features that as First Nations parents know are important for intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

Congratulations Daen and Rose and we look forward to working with you over the next 12 months and beyond!