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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

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, they are engaged to provide labour hire solutions to clients who service Rio Tinto...

Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Sara Riches

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...

Award winning Wirra Hub client Lorraine

Lorraine was excited to return to the Wirra Hub her ‘second home’ to share the news and celebrate with everyone after being awarded the BHP WAIO Indigenous Employee of the Year Award. Lorraine Pryor a proud Whadjuk Ballardong women is the business owner of Voice of...

Celebrating Kevin Wilson’s Success

Wirra Hub Client Kevin Wilson was honoured as the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the WA Training Awards recently. This outstanding award is the result of Kevin’s dedication and passion to his artistic pursuits. “I feel like I have...

Wirra Hub Kwinana Regional Pop Up Success

Indigenous businesses owners and entrepreneurs joined with industry leaders to discuss partnership opportunities at a Kwinana Regional Business Hub hosted by the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub this week (14 September). Guests heard from Wirra Hub business coaches...

David Fleay Finds his Dream Job

How many people love their job so much that they arrive 30 minutes early every day? Well David does. Since David started work experience with Veolia he has enjoyed learning new skills and working with a supportive team. David’s journey with the Wirrpanda Foundation...

VTEC Participant Joins MetroNet Project

“I wanted to seek employment and start turning my life around in another direction. I’ve been on the other side of the law, but now I’ve put my priorities in place by changing my ways and attitude.” Jonathon began this journey at Employment Services and was advised to...

Kicking Goals at Ken Wyatt Cup 2021

More than 130 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls recently participated in Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz 2021 Ken Wyatt Cup - a round-robin football carnival, running alongside a careers expo featuring 25 industry and tertiary institution stalls....

latest news

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, they are engaged to provide labour hire solutions to clients who service Rio Tinto...

Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Sara Riches

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...

Award winning Wirra Hub client Lorraine

Lorraine was excited to return to the Wirra Hub her ‘second home’ to share the news and celebrate with everyone after being awarded the BHP WAIO Indigenous Employee of the Year Award. Lorraine Pryor a proud Whadjuk Ballardong women is the business owner of Voice of...

Celebrating Kevin Wilson’s Success

Wirra Hub Client Kevin Wilson was honoured as the WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the WA Training Awards recently. This outstanding award is the result of Kevin’s dedication and passion to his artistic pursuits. “I feel like I have...

Wirra Hub Kwinana Regional Pop Up Success

Indigenous businesses owners and entrepreneurs joined with industry leaders to discuss partnership opportunities at a Kwinana Regional Business Hub hosted by the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub this week (14 September). Guests heard from Wirra Hub business coaches...

David Fleay Finds his Dream Job

How many people love their job so much that they arrive 30 minutes early every day? Well David does. Since David started work experience with Veolia he has enjoyed learning new skills and working with a supportive team. David’s journey with the Wirrpanda Foundation...

VTEC Participant Joins MetroNet Project

“I wanted to seek employment and start turning my life around in another direction. I’ve been on the other side of the law, but now I’ve put my priorities in place by changing my ways and attitude.” Jonathon began this journey at Employment Services and was advised to...

Kicking Goals at Ken Wyatt Cup 2021

More than 130 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls recently participated in Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz 2021 Ken Wyatt Cup - a round-robin football carnival, running alongside a careers expo featuring 25 industry and tertiary institution stalls....
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