Milparanga – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Programs


The Milparanga Emerging Leaders Program and Milparanga Established Leaders Program are designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 21 and over who live or work in rural, regional and remote Australia and would like to develop their leadership skills to benefit their communities.Make connections that will last a lifetime through the ARLF alumni network

Milparanga Emerging Leadership Program

27 March to 1 April 2022 (6 days)
Cairns, Queensland

Are you an emerging leader who would like to be introduced to leadership concepts to:
– Be challenged to grow and learn by stepping outside your comfort zone
– Become a confident public speaker
– Develop your understanding of Indigenous leadership, history and legacy
– Develop skills and be guided on how to make a positive change

Milparanga Established Leadership Program

11-18 May 2022 (8 days)
Broome, Western Australia

Are you an experienced community, sector or industry leader who would like to:
·       Have a positive impact in your community, sector or industry and support others to act
·       Build confidence as a leader in your community to influence change.
·       Develop your confidence to use your voice, networks, personal story and experience to influence change
·       Let go of ideas and actions that are holding you back to focus on what will allow you to have a positive impact
·       Learn how to communicate effectively to resolve conflict

Meet the Facilitators

Grant Cameron

Grant Cameron joined the Foundation team in 2020, and is a graduate of the Milparanga leadership program.

Grant is a proud Kamilaroi man, with family ties to Tamworth, New South Wales, and is currently based in southern Sydney and has extensive facilitation experience working within 30 remote, rural and regional indigenous communities across the country over the past five years.

He has personal and deep knowledge and understanding of working with indigenous youth, adults and elders. He values and nurtures strength in cultural traditions. Grant is passionate about working with people and seeing transformative personal growth and positive behavioural changes.

Michelle Deshong

Michelle is a Fullbright Scholar, leader and advocate, with extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors. She has an in-depth knowledge of indigenous affairs, and in the mechanisms of government, advocacy and political change. She is an accredited trainer and facilitator in leadership, governance, Australian and international politics, and human rights fields.

Michelle runs her own consultancy, providing training, community development, strategic planning, gender equality and policy and service delivery reforms and reviews. She has worked as national manager for Indigenous Services in Centrelink and senior advisor in the Department of Prime Minister in Cabinet. She has been Queensland state manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategies for the Australian Red Cross, and has headed the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

Know someone who might be interested?

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More information

The health and safety of our participants, employees and partners is our priority, so we have adapted elements of all our programs to accommodate the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

Please contact us for further information on 02 6281 0680 or email:

Grant Cameron – Program Manager

Suanne Sands – Program Coordinator

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The program is funded by:

National Indigenous Australians Agency

The program has given participants permission to feel ok about re-evaluating and refining our focus about where and how we want to make a difference

Ollie Tester, Milpranga 2021 graduate