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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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Founded in 2005 by former West Coast Eagles player, David Wirrpanda, 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 clients 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 clients 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

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.

Turtle Camp on Thevenard Island

It was 4 days sun-filled fun when our Wirra Kids from Onslow headed to Thevenard Island on what is affectionally known as “Turtle Camp”. Supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction the kids were there to see and learn about the flatback...

Corey’s VTEC Placement Success

Our VTEC program has helped Corey find employment while connecting to him to his culture.

Fit 4 Work celebrates NAIDOC

It was a full house at MRP as we celebrated NAIDOC Week with a special Fit 4 Work.

Back to Country Women’s Camp

The Women’s Camp was an opportunity for community members to build stronger cultural connections.

Bright Future for Kylie’s Three Kids

Joining the ParentsNext program, Kylie has connected with all the support she needs.

Big Win for Community Benefits Strategy

Our Community Benefits Strategy has won the national award for the Community Based Initiative of the Year.

latest news

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.

Turtle Camp on Thevenard Island

It was 4 days sun-filled fun when our Wirra Kids from Onslow headed to Thevenard Island on what is affectionally known as “Turtle Camp”. Supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction the kids were there to see and learn about the flatback...

Corey’s VTEC Placement Success

Our VTEC program has helped Corey find employment while connecting to him to his culture.

Fit 4 Work celebrates NAIDOC

It was a full house at MRP as we celebrated NAIDOC Week with a special Fit 4 Work.

Back to Country Women’s Camp

The Women’s Camp was an opportunity for community members to build stronger cultural connections.

Bright Future for Kylie’s Three Kids

Joining the ParentsNext program, Kylie has connected with all the support she needs.

Big Win for Community Benefits Strategy

Our Community Benefits Strategy has won the national award for the Community Based Initiative of the Year.

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