Emerging Indigenous leaders convene for masterclass in Government

Release Date: 
10 September 2019
Media release

Eight of Australia’s up-and-coming Indigenous leaders are in Canberra as part of the Jawun Emerging Leaders Program, where they will sharpen their leadership skills and learn how to work with government to drive change.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the immersive three-day program included a Government Masterclass, designed to expose emerging leaders to Government decision and policy making.

“The Jawun Emerging Leaders program builds confidence in our future generation of leaders through relevant experiences and exposure to community, corporate and government. The program equips them with the skills to advance social and economic outcomes for Indigenous Australians,” Minister Wyatt said.

“By seeing how change can happen from the inside out, our future leaders strengthen their ability to work across sectors and leverage networks to make a real difference.”

This week’s masterclass is the third of four thematic masterclasses complemented by immersion sessions in inner Sydney, the West Kimberley and North East. The program focuses on a critical theme while providing knowledge and experience to drive change; highly attuned leadership skills; and access to networks and opportunities across sectors and regions.

“The 2019 theme of ‘how enterprise and economic development is leading to empowerment’ puts a focus on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can build capacity and deliver long-term benefits through business or services.”

“The program also builds life-long connections that will help our future leaders create lasting positive impacts in their regions and communities,” Minister Wyatt said.