Milparanga – developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership

Milparanga is a leadership development program, formerly known as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program (NATSILP).

Milparanga encourages and enables Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to engage in powerful and different conversations.

The program aims to support Indigenous Australian leaders to:

  • Increase awareness of their own leadership behaviour
  • Develop their leadership capabilities,
  • including governance and decision making,
  • Co-create robust conversations for powerful shifts across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander landscape, and
  • Broaden their perspectives and act together for the greater good of their communities, regions and organisations.

*Participants can live in urban or major cities and have an interest in the greater good of rural, regional and remote Australia.

What and how

During the program you will:

  • be exposed to expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who have been challenging assumptions and shifting approaches in this space for decades
  • engage in robust conversations that will honour your existing skills and knowledge, as well as provoke your thoughts and assumptions
  • engage with mentors/coaches/critical friends for at least a six-month period. The mentors will be part of the facilitation team that will support you through this exciting leadership program.

You will become part of network of leaders who will support each other as you continue to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership.

What does Milparanga involve?

Milparanga is an 11-day, two session program.

How to be part of Milparanga?

You can be part of Milparanga, if you:

  • are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • are 21 years or older
  • have a connection and interest in rural and regional Australia.

How to Apply?

Register your interest for the 2021 program here. We’ll touch once program dates are confirmed.

Milparanga is fully funded by the National Indigenous Australians’ Agency and participants will only need to pay a $200 contribution fee.

The contribution fee goes towards program costs and a lifetime membership to the Network of Fellows of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Participants may be responsible for a small component of travel expenses to and from major transport services.

More information

For more information contact please call 02 6281-0680 or email


It provides a space where likeminded people can come together to make change in their community. I connected with everybody on the course, I learnt more about myself and I came away with a new family Laura Kingi, graduate 2017.