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wirrpanda foundation

Leading the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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We aim to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We influence and inspire the empowerment of our people through our diverse work force, which is led by our First Australian role models. 

Programs across education and employment

jobseekers placed into employment in 2020

girls currently mentored through Deadly Sista Girlz

aboriginal and torres strait islander businesses serviced by our wirra hub coaches

Programs across education and employment

Jobseekers placed into employment in 2020

girls currently mentored through deadly sista girlz

aboriginal and torres strait islander businesses serviced by our wirra hub coaches

who we are

Our story, told by our people. 

meet our team

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David Wirrpanda

Founder and Director

Troy Cook

Director and General Manager of Community Development

Josie Janz-Dawson

General Manager of Education

program delivery sites

latest news

Inaugural Deadly Cricket Carnival a Success

Last week six of our Deadly Sista Girlz sites competed in the first ever Deadly Cricket Carnival. A relatively new sport for many of our DSGs, it was a great opportunity for them to learn new skills and get to know their fellow participants. As well as increasing...

Successfully rejoining the workforce

Natalie is loving fulltime employment and the team environment at Officeworks Subiaco

Basketball a win for Deadly Sista Girlz

Indigenous basketball talent was on show when 72 participants from the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz Program came together to compete in their first sporting event of the year. Supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and delivered by strong...

Containers 4 Change grows in Leonora

The Containers 4 Change Initiative has continued to find success in the Leonora community.

From Casual to Full Time for Jermain

Jermain’s preparation for job interview with his mentor paid off with full time work.

Renee Rockliff reflects on Wiluna Trip

WAIS Hockey Athlete Renee Rockliff joined Foundation mentors as they headed to Wiluna to visit our Remote Schools Attendance Strategy program, here is what she had to say about her experience. "In December 2020 I was privileged to attend a regional experience to a...

Hub increases Indigenous business capacity

With the support of the Australian Government, under the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy, the Wirrpanda Foundation opened the Wirra Hub in February of this year. With a new space and five dedicated business coaches, the Hub hit the ground running and began...

All-stars Event at Mineral Resources Park

DSGs enjoyed a day of coaching from the West Coast Eagles and discussed career pathways

Sports fun for our RSAS Wiluna kids Program

In a year impacted by COVID-19, it was great for our Perth team to visit the Wiluna RSAS program

Finding the Right Career Path

After a successful work placement, Kathleen was asked to continue in her dream role, full time.

latest news

Inaugural Deadly Cricket Carnival a Success

Last week six of our Deadly Sista Girlz sites competed in the first ever Deadly Cricket Carnival. A relatively new sport for many of our DSGs, it was a great opportunity for them to learn new skills and get to know their fellow participants. As well as increasing...

Successfully rejoining the workforce

Natalie is loving fulltime employment and the team environment at Officeworks Subiaco

Basketball a win for Deadly Sista Girlz

Indigenous basketball talent was on show when 72 participants from the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz Program came together to compete in their first sporting event of the year. Supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and delivered by strong...

Containers 4 Change grows in Leonora

The Containers 4 Change Initiative has continued to find success in the Leonora community.

From Casual to Full Time for Jermain

Jermain’s preparation for job interview with his mentor paid off with full time work.

Renee Rockliff reflects on Wiluna Trip

WAIS Hockey Athlete Renee Rockliff joined Foundation mentors as they headed to Wiluna to visit our Remote Schools Attendance Strategy program, here is what she had to say about her experience. "In December 2020 I was privileged to attend a regional experience to a...

Hub increases Indigenous business capacity

With the support of the Australian Government, under the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy, the Wirrpanda Foundation opened the Wirra Hub in February of this year. With a new space and five dedicated business coaches, the Hub hit the ground running and began...

All-stars Event at Mineral Resources Park

DSGs enjoyed a day of coaching from the West Coast Eagles and discussed career pathways

Sports fun for our RSAS Wiluna kids Program

In a year impacted by COVID-19, it was great for our Perth team to visit the Wiluna RSAS program

Finding the Right Career Path

After a successful work placement, Kathleen was asked to continue in her dream role, full time.

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