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

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

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

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

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

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

j.HUB Study Tour: Collaborating to support the families and children of Ceduna

Background The community of Ceduna on the Far West Coast of South Australia have set their sights on a new challenge, creating a clear pathway to achieve employment parity. Led by the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC), the community is working together with the support of the Australian Government to deliver a key community project titled […] > Read case study

In pursuit of the possible – how Yerin is backing community health with enterprise

Background Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre (Yerin) has been providing health care services to Aboriginal people living on Darkinjung land since 1993. In 2015, new CEO and former Jawun Emerging Leader Belinda Field came on board, and a period of significant growth began. Between 2015 and end 2019, Yerin grew from 20 full time […] > Read case study

Road to success – Downer and Bama Services join forces in Cape York

Background The growth of Indigenous businesses, which are up to 100 times more likely to employ Indigenous people[1], is a bright spot among ‘Closing the Gap’ results. Supporting opportunities for Indigenous businesses is a priority for Jawun and its partners, and one which has gained traction due to the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). The IPP […] > Read case study

BBY – Driving Empowerment through Joint Decision-Making in the East Kimberley

Background In the East Kimberley, Binarri-binyja yarrawoo (BBY) is the ‘backbone’ organisation supporting the implementation of Empowered Communities (EC), a nationwide Indigenous-led reform agenda that was initiated in 2015 to drive Indigenous-led decision making and change. As a neutral convenor, BBY supports the EC leadership and convenes community and government inputs. There are over 20 opt-in […] > Read case study