Goulburn Murray

Local Leadership

Jawun works closely with local Indigenous leaders to prioritise the allocation of secondees into the Goulburn Murray region.

  • Paul Briggs OAM

    Executive Chair, Kaiela Institute

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    Paul Briggs is a Yorta Yorta man based in Shepparton with a wealth of experience in Aboriginal community development. He grew up on the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Mission within a strong family environment.

    Paul has been at the forefront of Aboriginal peoples rights and advancement since the early 1970s. He is well known for his role as the founding president of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club (RFNC), a position he has held since 1988. RFNC is an Indigenous sporting organisation that provides sporting, recreational and social opportunities while addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of its players and community members. Paul is also founding Chair of First Nations Foundation and First Nations Credit Union Australia, which offer Indigenous people national access to financial services.

    Paul’s vision of using sport to engage Indigenous youth in education resulted in the establishment of the highly successful Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) in 2004, as well as the Rumba Ripples Employment Program.

    Paul is Executive Chair of the Kaiela Institute, which has built partnerships with all levels of government, the private sector, and philanthropic organisations to collaborate in building an inclusive future for Aboriginal people of the Goulburn Valley.

    Paul has also been awarded an Order of Australia (OAE) for his services to his community and to broader Australia.