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Waalitj foundation

Empowering First Nations Peoples through education, employment and business.

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

Programs across education and employment

jobseekers placed into employment in 2021

girls currently mentored through Deadly Sista Girlz

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

Programs across education and employment

Jobseekers placed into employment in 2021

girls currently mentored through deadly sista girlz

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

who we are

Waalitj is looking to the future – bold, brave and determined. 

our programs

Waalitj Hub

Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to thrive.

Deadly Sista Girlz

Building self-esteem and confidence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity.

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Plan 2Day 4 2morrow

Pre-employment mentoring and activities focusing on improving job readiness.

program delivery sites

latest news

Successful Indigenous female-owned company

Indigenous Female-Owned Company is Awarded a Contract with Energy Company An historical award for a female-owned Indigenous company after it was awarded a contract with Shell Australia (Shell). Bunbara Group, led by Managing Director Nikky Barney-Irvine, a proud...

Pre-Employment Program to Expand

Employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers across Kwinana, Peel and the upper South-West regions are to be boosted thanks to a partnership between the Waalitj Foundation and Alcoa Foundation. Building on the Waalitj Foundation’s existing...

Celebrating 12 Days of Waalitj Hub

In the lead up to Christmas, we are featuring Aboriginal owned businesses that are perfect for filling your Christmas stockings! MOCHA BABY CAKERY Mocha Baby Cakery specialise in delicious buttercream cakes that are custom made to suit your event. They also bake...

A Flood Gate of Opportunity

Proud Ballardong Noongar women Racheal Bennell took a leap back into the workforce this year, after spending the last 10 years raising her three boys. When Racheal contacted the Foundation in 2020, she was paired with her mentor Karen in the ParentsNext program. This...

First Indigenous Funeral Service Launched in WA

A Kariyarra Noongar woman has established the State’s first Indigenous funeral company with the mission of bringing culture, honour and tradition to services.  Sharon Todd was motivated to start her own business, Towards the Dreaming, after seeing a gap in services...

MANDATORY VACCINATION UPDATE

The Wirrpanda Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, participants and community, and as such will be managing our obligations under the State Government’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. As an organisation servicing...

Successful ParentsNext Participant, Wayne Kelly

As an employee with Geographe Underground Services (GUS), Wayne is a respected, hardworking, and charismatic member of the team. This is a new and very exciting role for him, making his family very proud. Wayne started his journey with the Wirrpanda Foundation many...

Youth Justice Coordinator, Mick

As the Youth Justice Coordinator in the Kimberley region, Broome man Mick Pigram has a challenging but very important role to play in the community. He devotes his time to ensuring each boy he mentors has the best outcome possible. This is achieved through our Full...

Celebrating the Success of Our Year 12 Graduates

Our Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) mentors Sarani, Patty and Anna in Broome were glowing with pride when they saw their largest ever cohort of Year 12 students graduate last week. This amazing achievement did not form overnight, rather it was a result of months of...

Inspirational Business Owner, Alexandria Pidek

Alexandria Pidek is a proud Noongar women and inspirational business owner, who started her business Yargan a year ago. The business has seen exceptional growth in the last 12 months, and has provided labour hire solutions to clients who service Rio Tinto and BHP’s...

latest news

Successful Indigenous female-owned company

Indigenous Female-Owned Company is Awarded a Contract with Energy Company An historical award for a female-owned Indigenous company after it was awarded a contract with Shell Australia (Shell). Bunbara Group, led by Managing Director Nikky Barney-Irvine, a proud...

Pre-Employment Program to Expand

Employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers across Kwinana, Peel and the upper South-West regions are to be boosted thanks to a partnership between the Waalitj Foundation and Alcoa Foundation. Building on the Waalitj Foundation’s existing...

Celebrating 12 Days of Waalitj Hub

In the lead up to Christmas, we are featuring Aboriginal owned businesses that are perfect for filling your Christmas stockings! MOCHA BABY CAKERY Mocha Baby Cakery specialise in delicious buttercream cakes that are custom made to suit your event. They also bake...

A Flood Gate of Opportunity

Proud Ballardong Noongar women Racheal Bennell took a leap back into the workforce this year, after spending the last 10 years raising her three boys. When Racheal contacted the Foundation in 2020, she was paired with her mentor Karen in the ParentsNext program. This...

First Indigenous Funeral Service Launched in WA

A Kariyarra Noongar woman has established the State’s first Indigenous funeral company with the mission of bringing culture, honour and tradition to services.  Sharon Todd was motivated to start her own business, Towards the Dreaming, after seeing a gap in services...

MANDATORY VACCINATION UPDATE

The Wirrpanda Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, participants and community, and as such will be managing our obligations under the State Government’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. As an organisation servicing...

Successful ParentsNext Participant, Wayne Kelly

As an employee with Geographe Underground Services (GUS), Wayne is a respected, hardworking, and charismatic member of the team. This is a new and very exciting role for him, making his family very proud. Wayne started his journey with the Wirrpanda Foundation many...

Youth Justice Coordinator, Mick

As the Youth Justice Coordinator in the Kimberley region, Broome man Mick Pigram has a challenging but very important role to play in the community. He devotes his time to ensuring each boy he mentors has the best outcome possible. This is achieved through our Full...

Celebrating the Success of Our Year 12 Graduates

Our Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) mentors Sarani, Patty and Anna in Broome were glowing with pride when they saw their largest ever cohort of Year 12 students graduate last week. This amazing achievement did not form overnight, rather it was a result of months of...

Inspirational Business Owner, Alexandria Pidek

Alexandria Pidek is a proud Noongar women and inspirational business owner, who started her business Yargan a year ago. The business has seen exceptional growth in the last 12 months, and has provided labour hire solutions to clients who service Rio Tinto and BHP’s...
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