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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

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Dale Kickett

CDP Supervistor Coordinator

program delivery sites

latest news

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...

Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Sara

As the Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) Coordinator at Clontarf Aboriginal College, Sara Riches is a role model and leader for young Indigenous Girls. The aim of the DSG program is to build the confidence and skills needed in girls between the ages of 8 and 17 to flourish...

Wirra Hub hosts Minister Ken Wyatt

We were proud to host Minister Ken Wyatt for a morning of celebration and acknowledgment of Indigenous business hubs across Australia. Bringing together representatives virtually from Sydney and Adelaide as well as our team in Perth, this was an opportunity for...

Outstanding Success at 2021 Annual Gala Dinner

After 14 years of hosting our Annual Gala Dinner we were disappointed to cancel it in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We selected a date for our 2021 Gala Dinner and come October we were so grateful to be able to host over 300 guests at the beautiful Frasers Kings...

latest news

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...

Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Sara

As the Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) Coordinator at Clontarf Aboriginal College, Sara Riches is a role model and leader for young Indigenous Girls. The aim of the DSG program is to build the confidence and skills needed in girls between the ages of 8 and 17 to flourish...

Wirra Hub hosts Minister Ken Wyatt

We were proud to host Minister Ken Wyatt for a morning of celebration and acknowledgment of Indigenous business hubs across Australia. Bringing together representatives virtually from Sydney and Adelaide as well as our team in Perth, this was an opportunity for...

Outstanding Success at 2021 Annual Gala Dinner

After 14 years of hosting our Annual Gala Dinner we were disappointed to cancel it in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We selected a date for our 2021 Gala Dinner and come October we were so grateful to be able to host over 300 guests at the beautiful Frasers Kings...
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