What We Do

The Jawun Story. Voice-over by Deborah Mailman. Video by SOTA Creative.

Jawun increases the capacity of Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities to achieve their own development goals. This in turn leads to lasting, material and measurable improvements in the lives of Indigenous people in those communities.

This year Jawun will place around 400 secondees from Australia’s leading companies and government agencies into Indigenous organisations in nine regions across Australia. These secondees use their skills and expertise to support the Indigenous organisations in achieving their aims. Their combined efforts equate to an annual in-kind contribution of approximately $12 million.

How Jawun works

A number of steps are involved in placing skilled secondees into Indigenous organisations:

  1. Projects for support are identified: Indigenous organisations outline their priorities
  2. Skills required are identified: Jawun helps the Indigenous organisations think through the corporate or government secondees required
  3. Secondees are matched with projects: Jawun works with corporate and government partners to identify suitable secondees
  4. Induction and support: Jawun manages the secondee’s induction into the region and provides ongoing support during their secondment (typically six weeks)

[Jawun has] a decisive role in our work in Cape York. [It] gave us people from the private sector who have helped us to see beyond the welfare horizons that used to dominate Indigenous affairs when our sole source of input was government. The combination of key organisations, their sustained commitment over a long period of time, the commitment of their most valuable resource – their people – makes [Jawun] a new model for corporate–community partnerships aimed at tackling disadvantage.

Noel Pearson (2000), Founder and Director of Strategy, Cape York Partnership; Chairman, Good to Great Schools Australia; Jawun Patron.