Launched in 2005 by former West Coast Eagles player David Wirrpanda, The Wirrpanda Foundation aims to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by working together to empower and build capacity amongst individuals, their families and their communities.
Through the establishment of a number of successful programs in Perth, regional Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, and Queensland, the Wirrpanda Foundation has reached over 35,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally.
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
participants engaged in our community development program
The priority of the Foundation remains delivering programs that are designed and developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Programs which:
› Increase the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in school
› Assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers into sustainable meaningful employment or further vocational training and/or study
› Work to sustain employment opportunities through cross-cultural training and individualised support for employers
› Provide support and mentoring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in touch with the youth justice system
› Cultivate competitive and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
› Provide employment services to assist in the reintegration of individuals back into the community after leaving prison
› Improve the overall health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
We celebrate Aboriginal culture as one of the longest surviving in the world and continue our unwavering commitment to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.