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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Announcement of new CEO: Johanna Ward

The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute is happy to announce the appointment of Johanna Ward as Chief Executive Officer. Johanna is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people from Tingha in […]

Deputy Chair Angela Ryder Awarded Member of the Order of Australia

We would like to congratulate our Deputy Chair Angela Ryder for being awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Angela’s exceptional service to the Aboriginal […]

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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.