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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 2022

girls currently mentored through Deadly Sista Girlz

Waalitj Hub First Nations business clients

Programs across education and employment

Jobseekers placed into employment in 2022

girls currently mentored through deadly sista girlz

Waalitj Hub First Nations Business Clients

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

latest news

Sarah’s Inspiring Success Story

As a proud Wonnarua women from Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Sarah is a devoted mother and full-time employee for Skyline Landscape Services in Perth. Sarah’s dedication to her role was recently rewarded with an exciting promotion to Contract Manager. “Everyone...

Working Hard and Focusing on Studies

My name is Arwa Gulf, and my mobs are Iman and WakkaWakka. I am studying my Certificate III in Work Health Safety as part of my traineeship with Harness Energy Services in Chinchilla. I am also employed fulltime at Power Tech here locally, which I enjoy. Recently I...

New business set for success

Raquel Todd is a proud Banyjima and Kariyarra woman and the Co-Founder of Blak Line Industries, a majority-owned and operated Aboriginal business composed of seven different Traditional Owner families. Founded in 2022, Blak Line Industries provides design, signage,...

Building capability for future success

Proud Ballardong Noongar man Gavin McGuire is the Owner and Managing Director of Koormal Group, a service provider for civil and construction projects in the commercial, mining and government sectors. Gavin and his business partner, Mike Jones, have a combined...

Family business reaches new heights

Proud Bardi and Yindjibarndi man, Matt Leisk, is the Director of Leisk Hydraulics, a family-owned and operated Plumbing and Gas business passed down through three generations. He joined the family business as an apprentice in 2014 and is now a licenced plumbing and...

Scholarship Recipients University Success

Suzy is one of our Rockhampton Indigenous Scholarship Program participants. She is a proud IMAM/KULLILLI/WADJA woman studying a Certificate 4 Community Services part-time at Central Queensland University. Becoming qualified and gaining experience in all areas of...

Finding the Perfect Role and a new Friendship

Tildy Lovett’s smile lights up a room, combined with her warm personality she is perfectly suited for her new role as Aboriginal Financial Advisor. Her journey to this position had many hurdles and it didn’t always seem like she would find a suitable job, let alone...

Student-led Tjiwa Café in Wiluna

At Wiluna Remote Community School in Western Australia’s Midwest, students are gaining a valuable insight into running a small business through a student-led café initiative. Tjiwa Café run by the Year 6 and 7 students is open every Thursday morning offering a range...

Partnership Increases First Nations Employment

Employment opportunities for First Nations jobseekers are being boosted thanks to a partnership between the Waalitj Foundation and Alcoa Foundation. For Natasha attending Fit 4 Work was an opportunity to build her confidence and get back into the workforce. As she...

Successful Round Table Discussion

Industry leaders joined forces to create greater opportunities for First Nations Australians at a recent round table event. Hosted by the Waalitj Foundation in partnership with the Alcoa Foundation, 20 guests were welcomed on Tuesday 15 November to the Jakovich...
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