Goulburn Murray


The Goulburn Murray region includes Shepparton, Echuca, and Cummeragunja. Goulburn Murray was the second Jawun region after Cape York. The region was chosen because of the size of its Indigenous population and the magnitude of the issues they face, including unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and poor school retention rates.

According to the 2016 ABS Census:

  • 63,884 people live in the Goulburn Murray region, of which 2,194 (3%) identified as Indigenous
  • 56% of Indigenous 20-24 year olds completed Year 12 or equivalent compared to 78% for the non-Indigenous population
  • 45% of Indigenous workforce-age population are employed full time compared to 57% for the non-Indigenous population

Goulburn Murray is also home to a wide range of migrant and refugee communities. It is a conservative community and has not yet fully embraced the diversity of its changing population. The vision of the local Indigenous leaders is to create a more socially inclusive community in the region and to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.