WAALI has the vision to be a place of leadership learning for Aboriginal people through cultural ways of working.


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Welcome to WAALI

The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI) is an independent, for purpose organisation based in Perth, with the aim of inspiring and supporting Aboriginal people to take up leadership opportunities to strengthen their families and communities.

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Our programs are designed to help overcome Aboriginal disadvantage by building leadership and governance capabilities amongst Aboriginal people, and inspiring participants to affect meaningful change within their families and communities.

Yorga Djenna Bidi

The Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program brings together Aboriginal women across different cultures, ages, occupations, leadership experiences and education levels to build skills, gain confidence and build networks.

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Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to improve educational outcomes by strengthening cultural identity, self-development and connection to culture and community. This is the first program of its kind, established by WAALI and is proudly supported by ATCO.

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News & Events

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Welcoming Damian Tapley as WAALI’s New CEO

The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute is happy to announce the appointment of Damian Tapley as Chief Executive Officer. Damian has a background as an executive leader in a large […]


The Board and Staff of WAALI would like to acknowledge and congratulate our Chair Robyn Smith-Walley on receiving the award of Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for her […]

Board Update – CEO Departure

The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute Ltd (“WAALI”) chairperson Robyn Smith Walley today announced that the WAALI CEO, Ms. Johanna Ward has tendered her resignation for personal reasons.   Johanna […]

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Rickeeta Walley

Emerging leaders was a great opportunity for me to connect with more members of our Indigenous community, start to network but also gave us the opportunity to get to know ourselves better.

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In the spirit of reconciliation WAALI acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.