Cultural capability facilitators

The suppliers in this list have demonstrated their skills at facilitating workshops focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability content. Facilitators should be engaged when you would like to undertake sophisticated consultations like “design-jams”. Note: all the suppliers on the training provider's list can be engaged as facilitators as well.

If you're a facilitator and would like to apply to be listed below, please complete an application.

This is the current list as at 13 December 2017. The list is in alphabetical order.

Across Culture

Contact: Ian Bridger
M: 0429 909 173

Company summary

Across Culture have been delivering training as an organisation for more than 6 years. Across Culture are the course developers and copyright owners of 10571NAT Certificate IV in Workplace Mentoring. Our 6 Indigenous trainers have more than 60 years of cumulative training experience. All of our trainers have delivered cultural awareness workshops, 3 of our trainers possess their Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and have delivered our Certificate IV in Mentoring in the Workplace.

In recent times our trainers have been delivering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory. The MHFA workshop subject matter can be quite challenging. Our trainers have delivered more than 40 workshops and have received exemplary feedback. The feedback is a testament of their skill and ability to engage participants in an adult learning environment where English is not their first language.

In the majority of our workshops we use circle learning techniques, engage participants with adult learning principals and create healthy discussions that facilitate the demonstration of tacit knowledge that all adults possess.

Three pillars of success support our approach and vision:

  • Cultural Knowledge – moving beyond Cultural Awareness towards Cultural Competency
  • Learning and Development –the application of knowledge in a meaningful way
  • Organisation Learning and Change – embedding the knowledge within organisations.

Some of the organisations we have worked with are:

  • Qantas
  • Department of Defence
  • Bectel
  • Busy at Work
  • Burran Dalai Aboriginal Corporation Inc
  • Department of Immigration
  • Mental Health Coordinating Council
  • Bounce Australia
  • Roper Gulf Shire Council
  • Mission Australia
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Club.

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Dhinawun Consultancy

Contact: Des Crump
M: 0429 876 312

Company summary

My name is Desmond Crump and I am the Director and operator of Dhinawun Consultancy. The name Dhinawun comes from the Kamilaroi/Gamilaaraay language of North-West New South Wales/South-West Queensland and means emu. Dhinawun has a personal connection for me in that it is the totem of my family. Following 21 years with Education Queensland, I have established Dhinawun Consultancy to provide a support service to schools and communities groups.
Some of the key initiatives that I have been involved in during this professional experience include the following:

  • review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment programs within Education Queensland
  • development of the Partners for Success strategy for the continuous improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • development of the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies (BSSSS) Senior Syllabus in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • representation on the Queensland Schools Curriculum Council Testing Program Advisory Committee to provide advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

These experiences are reflected in the nature and type of activities provided by Dhinawun Consultancy - these services include:

  • educational consultancy
  • cultural advice
  • in-service workshops for teachers and other school personnel cultural advice
  • development of funding submissions and proposals.

Additional professional activities encompass presentations at various conferences, including the 2nd National Indigenous Education Conference, Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association State Conferences and the Anglican Schools Indigenous Education Conferences. Recent articles have been published in the Australian Journal of Career Development (Spring 2001 edition) and a forthcoming Careers Education publication. In summary, I believe my specialist skills and diverse experiences can facilitate learning partnerships between schools and their communities.

Some of the organisations we have worked with are:

  • State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
  • Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre, Beenleigh
  • Independent Schools Queensland (formerly Association of Independent Schools, Qld)
  • St Patrick’s Catholic School, Mitchell / Gunggari Aboriginal Property Association
  • St George State High School
  • West Moreton Anglican College, Ipswich
  • Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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Contact: David Hudson
M: 0438 776 316

Company summary

David has skills in Indigenous Tourism awareness and practice as well as cross cultural content which makes him a valuable representative to have as part of an established or emerging business that identifies with Indigenous employment, delivering and implementing a positive approach and message to a business team and adopting workplace practice. He is comfortable presenting to Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous clientele. David transverses many avenues of knowledge and respect.

David has a history of cultural tourism, facilitating, entertainment and cultural awareness and has delivered to various participants within corporate, health and government agencies as well as Traditional Owner (TO) groups both locally and nationally.

David is passionate about culture and enjoys educating all participants in a non-confrontational manner with a touch of humour, music and interesting delivery, encompassing participants in an inclusive and safe environment, whilst working towards suitable outcomes in a matter of fact delivery.

Mediating and obtaining outcomes for Traditional Owner (TO) groups is an area that he has been working in. He has an ability to obtain outcomes for groups to move projects and ideas forward especially in areas of cultural tourism and give these groups real time ideas with proposed projects.

David has performed, promoted and travelled with peak tourism bodies with their promotions throughout Queensland, Australia and internationally. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, music, art and dance; Centenary Medal for services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs for Reconciliation in Queensland; and also an Honorary Tourism Ambassadors Award for Queensland. David is also a Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Champion.

Some of the organisations David has worked with are:

  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
  • Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
  • Mission Australia
  • Lives Lived Well, Addiction Centre, Mareeba
  • Capta Group, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
  • Primary Health Network (PHN) Network, Cairns
  • Health Reimagined, Cairns
  • Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Group
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

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Goombuckar Creations Pty Ltd

Contact: Kerry Neill
P: 07 5476 4182

Company summary

Kerry Neill is a confident public speaker with a passion for sharing his culture. He is well presented and has a sound understanding of the subjects he covers when presenting. He has a great sense of humour and is able to engage a large demographic of ages and backgrounds through his animated delivery at workshops. He is a Kabi Kabi man from the Sunshine Coast region in south east Queensland, and has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in community services, health and education for the past 12 years. Kerry has facilitated anger management courses within correctional facilities and schools across NSW, and has been an Aboriginal dancer and didgeridoo player touring all over Australia and the USA. Kerry has also been involved in the writing and delivery of cross cultural communication, dance, health and behaviour management programs across NSW and Queensland. He has had a strong upbringing in his Aboriginal (Kabi Kabi) culture and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to cultural awareness training program participants.

Our Cultural Awareness Training Program, which Kerry wrote, has been accredited for the last 6 years. It is being run by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and is currently being upgraded from a category 2 to a category 1; the Primary Health Network Mid North Coast (including Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Macksville, and Port Macquarie); and also the Primary Health Network, Mackay and Townsville. Other services that have engaged in this training include Uniting Care Brisbane (multiple locations, from Brisbane services and out west to Roma), WorkForce Council, Community Solutions, Early Learning Centres and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Kerry also runs his own small business delivering educational workshops in schools and early learning centres throughout SEQ. All our lessons are linked with the national curriculum. Goombuckar Creations had over 15,000 students in our Cultural Bus last year alone from schools as far as Longreach and Gladstone and south to Brisbane and Toowoomba. The list of schools is extensive.

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Healing to Employment

Contact: Leanne Phillips
M: 0421 272 279

Company summary

Leanne Phillips: As CEO of Healing to Employment, Leanne Phillips has dedicated her life to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Leanne is a professional mentor, trainer and assessor, and holistic practitioner. Her expertise lies in developing and delivering social and emotional wellbeing programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as migrant Australians. Her career has spanned multiple agencies, including government, helping her develop programs that can assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with education, employment and life skills. As an Aboriginal woman, her insights into real issues have helped her hone the services she provides with a focus on personal responsibility, life skills and social pressures. Her Living Cultural Heritage Workshops, Women’s Business Workshops, Retreats and Reconnecting with The Land Workshops are well attended and well respected.

Catherine Stillwell: Catherine has been facilitating workshops since 2006 relating to cultural competency, diversity and inclusion. As a facilitator she has successfully brought people together to seek to understand difference and then commonalities that bind us from this foundation. She has worked in groups, teams and communities to identify a common vision, the strengths of the group and the process for change. As a facilitator she values respects and trust and brings these strengths to every workshop or session she facilitates.

Over the past three years, Leanne and Catherine have combined efforts to deliver a multitude of workshops, courses, and sessions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency, leadership impact and place-based community development. All of these workshops, courses and sessions were delivered to diverse groups in both urban and remote communities and organisations. In order to meet the diverse strengths of individuals in each workshop, a range of facilitation tools and resources are applied to ensure success and a common understanding is created amongst the group, so that learning is achieved.

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Markwell and Associates

Contact: Ken Markwell
M: 0447 013 202

Company summary

Ken is a Mununjhali man. His people are from the Beaudesert region in South-East Queensland. He also has cultural responsibilities for a neighbouring Wangerriburra country. He is Director of Markwell and Associates – a successful Aboriginal owned and operated business specialising in the facilitation of outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, government, business and community.

Ken was a Director of EY’s Indigenous Sector Practice which delivers professional solutions tailored for Indigenous clients. He has over two decades of delivering outcomes with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. As a result, Ken has extensive Indigenous networks across the country.

Ken’s commercial and Cultural capabilities are of the highest order. Prior to joining EY he established and led Indigenous Business Australia’s Traditional Owner and Sustainability Unit. Ken has held senior roles and lead multidisciplinary teams at the Commonwealth and State Government level and within Corporate and Indigenous organisations.

Ken employs successful strategies for effective facilitation and training – demonstrating the characteristics of an inclusive operator. Ken’s preparedness sets him apart – working closely with his clients to gain a solid command of the project requirements and objectives upfront and throughout. Ken also demonstrates the characteristics of openness and inclusion so his participants feel engaged and their contributions valued. Ken’s experience in facilitating, particularly through the areas of business, native title, land and sea management has instilled the critical attributes of patience, mutual respect and candour. This allows Ken to remain focussed on key objectives; and deliver high quality outcomes through challenge and change.

Some of the organisations we have worked with are:

  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Supply Nation
  • Burnett Mary Regional Group
  • Department of Defence
  • Holcim Australia.

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Mirragimpah Enterprises Pty Ltd

Contact: Gene Blow
M: 0422 268 277

Company summary

In the past 20 years I have provided cultural consultancy work for all levels of educational institutions, commercial entities and corporations in Victoria and Queensland. Today I run my own business to provide cultural capability sessions to a variety of commercial, public and private sector organisations. I also coordinate culture camps in outdoor bush settings for Indigenous children in foster care and those from single parent families. I also have more than 20 years of expertise as a business consultant in providing cultural and business consultancy services to business institutions and Indigenous organisations in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in the following:

  • Indigenous cultural practice and cultural capability programs
  • Indigenous education workshops
  • bush interpretation tours (anywhere in south-east Qld)
  • Indigenous employment strategies (including Reconciliation Action Plans)
  • organisational development strategies
  • ‘best practices’ – models and strategies
  • business and marketing plans
  • change management
  • project management
  • human resource management strategies
  • mediation management
  • conflict resolution training.

I presently work for Queensland Health as a Cultural Capability Officer and have been delivering the Cultural Practice Program under the department's framework for 6 years. The target groups I deliver the training to are as follows:

  • senior level management staff
  • clinicians
  • doctors
  • allied health staff
  • operational staff
  • administration staff
  • mental health staff
  • volunteers.

To date I have delivered the Cultural Practice Program to over 2,000 staff in the Metro North Hospital and Health Services district of Queensland Health. I operate my Mirragimpah Enterprises business outside of Queensland Health from referrals that come from the community, public and commercial sector groups. I have delivered my own cultural capability training package to the following:

  • DV Connect
  • Department of Education
  • Catholic Education.

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Primary Services Australia Pty Ltd

Contact: Kellie Faleono
M: 0419 668 534

Company summary

We have 8 years’ experience in facilitating a range of accredited, non-accredited and specialised funding, that is, VET Investment and Skilling Queenslanders for Work across various industries. We also conduct pre-employment and company inductions. This also coincides with gaining employment opportunities for all participants that are sent to us for all of the types of training mentioned. We have many contracts with Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies to provide all the above training, inductions and organising staff to meet company requirements. We also hold agreements with Job Active providers to provide education and employment opportunities for people who are receiving Centrelink benefits, to aid them in gaining employment. We are classed as a preferred supplier and are well known for our quality training and moving participants into sustainable employment.

For last 3 years we have provided the following training for:

  • hospitality - RNA showgrounds including pre-employment
  • security - SecureCorp, Wilsons, ISS, MSS, Strategix, Zues Security, ESM Security, Savills
  • non-accredited – pre-employment/company inductions for all of the above mentioned companies. 

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Regional Economic Solutions

Contact: Leann Wilson
M: 0400 847 116

Company summary

Leann Wilson has been delivering cultural awareness training for the majority of her career. She has a very unique perspective and extensive depth and breadth of experience as a result of her work within non-government organisations, government and business environments. Furthermore, the work she has done in the education, employment and training space has informed and influenced the manner in which she delivers cultural awareness programs. She takes participants beyond an appreciation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander history, culture and ways of being, and develops in them practical skills and strategies relevant to their work environment that embrace cultural diversity and focus on strengths. In Leann’s experience, this methodology is proven to foster genuine and lasting organisational cultural awareness. In addition to Leann's deep understanding of the content, she has TAE40 110 - Certificate IV Training and Assessment.

Phil Thompson is an Aboriginal man of Bidjara/Kara Kara descent of Central Western Queensland. He also has cultural responsibilities to an outback town of Barcaldine where his family has been since early 1900’s. Phil brings with him more than 15 years’ experience in local, state and federal government positions and during this time has fine-tuned his ability to work with people at all levels and deliver cultural awareness training to a diverse audience. Phil and Leann have been developing and delivering cultural awareness training together, including gender-specific approaches, for more than a decade.
Leann has developed cultural awareness programs and has delivered these more recently to:

  • Department of Main Roads Queensland
  • Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia
  • Department of Education Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
  • Department of Education
  • Australian Red Cross at state and national levels
  • International Audiences in addition

In addition to these, Leann was invited by the Australian Federal Government to serve as an advisor and presenter at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in 2017. Phil has been developing and delivering a cultural emersion experiences for Job Network providers and their clients since 2012 and prior to that, with Centrelink. Phil is respected for his ability to engage with young people and has worked extensively within the Juvenile Justice system.

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Townsville Region Indigenous Business Network

Contact: Scott Anderson
P: 0408 184 673

Company summary

Townsville Region Indigenous Business Network is a wholly owned and controlled Indigenous business that represents 47 different indigenous businesses in a variety of industries. We represent 14 Indigenous consultants who can be engaged to deliver cultural capability training.

Our consultants have the following skills, expertise and experience:

  • cultural capability training
  • business start up, business growth and entrepreneurship
  • marketing and sales
  • finance management (including payroll and human resource management)
  • workforce planning
  • policy and procedure development
  • risk assessment
  • telecommunications systems
  • sports, health and fitness
  • procurement and supply chain development
  • training, coaching, mentoring and development
  • Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Indigenous employment policies
  • resource sector management
  • contract management
  • strategic planning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy
  • event management
  • project management
  • tourism development
  • corrporate governance
  • funding and grant writing
  • community development
  • community consultation
  • strategic human resource management and leadership development.

Over the last 3 years our members have delivered workshop facilitation services to the following clients: 

  • Townsville Enterprise
  • TAFE Queensland North
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Townsville City Council
  • Campbell Page - Palm Island
  • Coast to Country Housing Company
  • Uniting Care Community
  • Arbonne International
  • Queensland Gas Company
  • Earnshaw College (Brisbane)
  • Catholic Education
  • Hope Centre (Brisbane)
  • AEMEE Conference
  • Nywaigi Traditional Owner Group
  • Munbarra Traditional Owner Group
  • Gurrang Gurrang Traditional Owner Group
  • Queensland Resource Council
  • Townsville Business Development Centre
  • Townsville NAIDOC Committee
  • Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.

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Widji Pty Ltd

Contact: Peter Brockhurst
P: 0427 018 643

Company summary

I am a proud Indigenous man who is working towards building capacity for Indigenous groups across Australia. My head office is in Bundaberg, Queensland and I also have an office in Perth, Western Australia. I have facilitated workshops across Queensland working with various Indigenous groups on various projects. I have held workshops in Cairns, Townsville, Palm Island, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

I have also held Traditional Owner workshops for:

  • The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Cultural Indicators: This project was to work with Traditional Owners and Archaeologists to develop Australia's first Cultural Heritage indicators to be recorded in the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Report Card.
  • Indigenous Reef 2050 Plan, Department of Environment: Traditional Hunting Workshops in conjunction with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
  • Cultural Indicators - Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

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