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.

Building a future of strong spirit, Mabu Liyan

The Yawuru people are the native title holders of the land in and around Broome in the West Kimberley. Mabu liyan is a Yawuru concept that means ‘strong spirit’, ‘good feeling’ and ‘positive wellbeing’. Personal to an individual and also connected to the wider community and country, mabu liyan is the heart of the Yawuru social development agenda. > Read case study

Tonii Skeen—excelling in two worlds

Tonii Wajaay Skeen is a young Indigenous woman descended from the Yawuru Jabbir Jabbir, Bardi, Bunuba, Nyikina and Jaru peoples of the Kimberley region. At 23 years old, she already has a strong background in community development and youth work, having worked for Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services, ICEA foundation and Nyamba Buru Yawuru over the last seven years. > Read case study

Pama Futures – a foundation for empowerment in Cape York

In August 2017, nine years after the introduction of Cape York Welfare Reform, over 200 leaders and community members from across the Cape gathered at the Djarragun College Wilderness Centre, near Cairns, for a Cape York Summit. The idea was to hold a grassroots engagement forum to propose a new direction for the region and hear community concerns and priorities. > Read case study

IAG Impact Framework – proving a win-win partnership

IAG became a partner of Jawun in 2014, and has since seconded 40 employees to Indigenous organisations across four regions. From the start, the organisation saw the potential value of the partnership as a ‘win win’ > Read case study

Social Return on Investment – how a shared idea became a movement

Through its place-based capacity building model, Jawun strives to promote cross-regional collaboration by sharing approaches its partners are using to drive effective Indigenous-led change. This case study looks at cross-regional collaboration around Social Return on Investment (SROI) > Read case study

Indigenous Corporate Leadership Program – Chris Ingrey at Qantas

Chris Ingrey CEO, La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council and Co-chair, Inner Sydney Empowered Communities Manager of Industry Relations, Qantas (February-July 2017)   “The ICL program gave me the skills to enhance my effectiveness to access and influence government… and allowed me to develop my personal skills around effective communication, negotiation, managing people and leadership.” Background […] > Read case study

Indigenous Corporate Leadership Program – Nolan Hunter at Westpac Group

Nolan HunterCEO, Kimberley Land Council Director Relationship, National Agribusiness and National Indigenous Business(February – December 2018) “My interests are in tackling the barriers to economic development for my people” Objective Nolan Hunter is a proud Bardi man from the saltwater country on the Dampier Peninsula in the West Kimberley region. Leaving behind his role as […] > Read case study

Indigenous Corporate Leadership Program – Tonii Skeen at Commonwealth Bank

Tonii Skeen, Youth Development Project Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Associate Not-For-Profit Banking, CBA (April-Decemer 2018) “I took this time for myself, for Yawuru, for the community. It has confirmed my worth, what I want to do, and how I want to do it” Objective Tonii Wajaay Skeen is a young Indigenous woman descended from the […] > Read case study

Indigenous Corporate Leadership Program – Andrea Mason at Westpac Group

Andrea Mason CEO, Women’s Council National Manager Customer Advocacy, Westpac Group (March-December 2017)   “I think it would have taken me two years to learn what I took on board this year. I’ll go back to Western Australia with this inside knowledge of business banking. This is valuable as Indigenous Australia shifts from non-profit to […] > Read case study