Case Studies

The following case studies illustrate how our corporate and government secondees have achieved real results and earned the respect and trust of local Indigenous people.

Self-generating economic development opportunities in the Far West Coast

Background Stretching far from Ceduna on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula across the Nullarbor Plain, the Far West Coast region of South Australia covers some 1200km of coastline to the Western Australia border. The landscape is characterised by the dramatic meeting of the arid Nullarbor Plain over the Bunda Cliffs and into the […] > Read case study

Value of relationships: Kaiela Arts meets Connection, Culture, and Commerce

Background Established in 2006, Kaiela Arts is an Aboriginal Art centre located in Shepparton, situated on the Traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta Nation of the Goulburn Murray (Kaiela Dungala) Region.  One of only two federal government-funded Aboriginal Art centres in Victoria, Kaiela Arts differentiates itself by promoting the traditional linear and X-ray art styles of the Southern Eastern Aboriginal people. The gallery provides an important space for local Aboriginal artists and the community to connect to culture through the arts, learning from the past and empowering […] > Read case study

‘The Value in Virtual’ – Strategic Communications and Partnering planning with Barang

Background Jawun has partnered with the Barang Regional Alliance since its establishment in 2014 as a regional representative body for the Central Coast Aboriginal community. Barang has been the unified voice to government for the Central Coast region through the federal Empowered Communities and NSW State Government Local Decision-Making reform programs. The Barang Regional Alliance […] > Read case study

Cape York’s reform journey takes a digital direction with Pama Platform

Background In 2005 “The Cape York Reform Agenda” was written by Noel Pearson and published by Cape York Institute.  It outlined the societal and environmental issues facing the people of Cape York, calling out the issues and behaviours within the region that had become accepted as the norm.  These range from substance abuse, poor health, an acceptance of a lack of opportunity, violence, poverty, and no real economy.    The Agenda also recognised the role of passive welfare in contributing […] > Read case study

Enhancing Employment Opportunities in the East Kimberley

Background The East Kimberley region is home to over 11,000 residents, most of whom live in the larger business hubs of Kununurra, Wyndham and Halls Creek, while the remainder live across 50 smaller communities including Kalumburu and Balgo.  According to 2016 ABS Census data, only ~38% of East Kimberley’s Indigenous working-age residents (aged 15-54) are employed. Meanwhile, the […] > Read case study

Ground-breaking APS project enables Purple House to reuse reverse osmosis brine water

Background  Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, fondly known as Purple House, was set up with independent community funds from an auction of works by Papunya Tula Western Desert artists in November 2000 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The fundraiser was a response to a crisis in Central Australia’s Pintupi communities, as a growing number of elders were forced off Country and away from family for dialysis in Alice Springs. Disconnected from Country and community, patients suffered great loneliness, reduced health outcomes and the strength […] > Read case study

‘A thirst for more learning’ – Staff development secondments at Yerin

Background Jawun has partnered with Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Limited in the Central Coast region since 2012, supporting Yerin on a journey of growth in this time. Yerin formed as an Aboriginal Medical Service in 1995 providing a limited GP service to the local Aboriginal community. 25 years later, Yerin now provides a wide range […] > Read case study

Pioneering a new model: NAB’s virtual secondees in Western Australia

Background Since 2010, Jawun has partnered with National Australia Bank (NAB) to strengthen organisational capacity and progress Indigenous-led initiatives in the East and West Kimberley. When COVID-19 forced physical isolation across the states and regions, shutting down Jawun secondments from April onwards, Jawun worked in collaboration with corporate, government and Indigenous partners to launch a […] > Read case study

Far West Coast Joins Empowered Communities

Background Established in June 2013 by Indigenous leaders from eight remote, regional and urban areas, Empowered Communities identifies a common vision for the comprehensive transformation of Indigenous affairs. The submission by the group of Indigenous Leaders to government set out a framework for structural reform and proposed a more balanced partnership with governments.  The proposal […] > Read case study

Continuing Stories of Female Leadership and empowerment in a virtual landscape

Background   The success of the Jawun model is heavily dependent on the Jawun Leadership network – a community that supports Indigenous leader development with in-place secondments, connecting leaders from corporate and government sectors through Jawun’s programs. These programs align to Jawun’s leadership development vision to strengthen a sustainable pipeline of Indigenous leadership.  For Jawun, 2020 […] > Read case study