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Partnership to build future Indigenous leaders

By Leanne Miles

AILC CEO Rachelle Towart, Professor Steven Larkin and Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia (Larrakia Nation) CEO Dr Donna Odegaard sign the MOU AILC CEO Rachelle Towart, Professor Steven Larkin and Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia (Larrakia Nation) CEO Dr Donna Odegaard sign the MOU

A Memorandum of Understanding to assist aspiring Indigenous leaders has been formalised between Charles Darwin University’s Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) and the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).

The partnership aims to further develop Indigenous career advancement though tertiary education pathways.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and ACIKE Director Professor Steven Larkin said the partnership would facilitate aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to continue their education through vocational education and training and higher education programs in Canberra and the Northern Territory.

“This new pathway will bring AILC students to the ACIKE Precinct at the CDU Casuarina campus for the delivery of programs three times each year,” Professor Larkin said. “As a consequence of the partnership, students will have opportunities to progress through VET studies at the AILC and on to a higher education degree at ACIKE.

"This MOU is a significant step towards promoting Indigenous career advancement and especially the development of Indigenous leadership, locally and nationally.”

The partnership has already proven fruitful with 15 graduates completing the newly created Certificate IV Indigenous Leadership in late December 2014 at the ACIKE Precinct.

Speaking at the signing, Certificate IV Indigenous Leadership graduate June Walley, who works at the Department of Human Services in Broome, said the training had formalised her qualifications.

“Often we have the skills required, but without formal leadership qualifications it is difficult to progress into leadership roles in the workplace,” Ms Walley said. “This program also opens the door to further study and a brighter future with Indigenous people gaining qualifications that will enable them to become leaders and sit at the table and become part of the decision-making process.”