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.

Strengthening the future of the Noongar Nation – Jawun launches newest region, South West Australia

Background In January 2020, after more than eight years of discussion with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), Jawun welcomed its first secondees into its newest region. South West Australia (SWA), is home to the Noongar Nation, the largest single Aboriginal cultural bloc on the Australian continent, made up of 14 closely […] > Read case study

Kuti Co – Strengthening the Ngarrindjeri Nation through their pipi harvest enterprise

Background The Ngarrindjeri people have been harvesting pipis (or ‘kutis’ in Ngarrindjeri) in the region for over 10,000 years, evidenced by the numerous ‘middens’ found in and around the nearby sandhills in the Coorong and adjacent beaches. Based in the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong Region of South Australia, Goolwa Pipi Co Pty Ltd […] > Read case study

The Reform Journey of the La Perouse Aboriginal Community

Background The La Perouse Aboriginal community are the traditional people of coastal Sydney. In the early 2000s, a group of young likeminded members of the La Perouse Aboriginal community, now called the ‘La Pa Deadlies’, came together to address challenges facing their community. Over time, this group grew in influence to include key leaders from […] > Read case study

Corinne Hodson – Collaboration in Practice

Background Corinne Hodson is a proud Ngunnawal / Wiradjuri woman with family links to the Riverina region of NSW. Her childhood was spent growing up in the Pilbara region of WA, whilst continuing to connect with her family in NSW. Corinne made the move to NSW on a permanent basis at 20 years old, pursuing […] > Read case study

Unique and shared value – Jawun’s 10-year partnership with the Australian Public Service

Background Since 2011, Jawun has partnered with the Australian Public Service (APS) to strengthen Indigenous-led empowerment and leadership across the country. To date, 619 APS secondees have been on secondments in 10 regions: Cape York, Goulburn Murray, Central Coast, Inner Sydney, North East Arnhem Land, East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Central Australia, Lower River Murray, and […] > Read case study

Malparara Leadership Program – A unique leadership offering

Background Stories of Female Leadership (SoFL) is a network that connects influential, inspiring and courageous Indigenous, corporate and government female leaders to drive change at multiple levels. It began in 2015 with the question, ‘How can Jawun foster Indigenous female leadership through collaboration with corporate, and government partners?’ In response, the Stories of Female Leadership […] > Read case study

Designing a partnership – the University of Melbourne’s creative connection with Ceduna

Background Since the beginning of their partnership with Jawun in 2016, the University of Melbourne has forged a creative and strategic partnership which draws on their strengths in order to maximise connections with Indigenous partner organisations, regions and initiatives. The success of the partnership so far has arisen from the broad range of skillsets offered […] > Read case study

Emerging Leaders 2019 – How enterprise and economic development is leading to empowerment

Background Founded in 2011 in response to the challenge of maintaining the continuum of reform from one generation of leaders to the next, the Jawun Emerging Leaders program has seen 48 young leaders from 10 regions participate in the program to date. The Emerging Leaders Program provides the next generation of Indigenous leaders with the […] > Read case study

Fire management and the Jawun Cycle – how Kimberley Land Council is creating sustainable economies on country

Background The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) seeks to support its members and Aboriginal communities throughout the Kimberley with access to opportunities. KLC leads an ambitious empowerment agenda drive to create self-sustainability and enable self-determination, and pursues opportunities with vigour both nationally and internationally to overcome barriers and challenges in the region including lack of industry […] > Read case study

Growing strong roots – Empowered Communities in the NPY Lands

Background In Central Australia, the national reform movement Empowered Communities (EC) is deeply founded on community input and ownership. From its beginning in 2013, the regional partnership’s first priority was to understand and represent Indigenous community perspectives, needs and opportunities. NPY[1] Empowered Communities (NPY EC) is a partnership of regional Aboriginal controlled organisations who are […] > Read case study