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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

Troy Cook

Director and General Manager of Community Development

Josie Janz-Dawson

General Manager of Education

david wirrpanda smiling

Dale Kickett

CDP Supervistor Coordinator

program delivery sites

latest news

Building partnerships through art

As part of our partnership with Western Power, our teams came together to create multiple collaborative art pieces, led by Whadjuk Noongar artist Julianne Wade. Participants from our P242 and Deadly Sista Girlz programs joined staff from Western Power across 5 of...

Indigenous Basketball Talent Shines

Indigenous Basketball talent shone when over 60 participants from our Deadly Sista Girlz came together to compete in the 2021 DSG Senior Basketball Carnival. Supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Wirra Hub empowers Aboriginal Businesses

It was a photo of her late grandfather that inspired emerging artist Jarni McGuire to pick up a pen and start sketching. Now years later, and with the help of the Wirra Hub, Jarni is turning that passion for art into a growing graphic design business – Jarni Creative....

Job success for Yoshi through p242

“I was really lucky for my brother to introduce me to the Wirrpanda Foundation. If someone is Indigenous and needs employment one hundred percent go with the Wirrpanda Foundation, it just makes the whole process easier and there’s a community feeling that’s good.”...

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...

latest news

Building partnerships through art

As part of our partnership with Western Power, our teams came together to create multiple collaborative art pieces, led by Whadjuk Noongar artist Julianne Wade. Participants from our P242 and Deadly Sista Girlz programs joined staff from Western Power across 5 of...

Indigenous Basketball Talent Shines

Indigenous Basketball talent shone when over 60 participants from our Deadly Sista Girlz came together to compete in the 2021 DSG Senior Basketball Carnival. Supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Wirra Hub empowers Aboriginal Businesses

It was a photo of her late grandfather that inspired emerging artist Jarni McGuire to pick up a pen and start sketching. Now years later, and with the help of the Wirra Hub, Jarni is turning that passion for art into a growing graphic design business – Jarni Creative....

Job success for Yoshi through p242

“I was really lucky for my brother to introduce me to the Wirrpanda Foundation. If someone is Indigenous and needs employment one hundred percent go with the Wirrpanda Foundation, it just makes the whole process easier and there’s a community feeling that’s good.”...

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...
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