Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs has been named the ACT’s best Small Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for 2013.
More than 1,200 Indigenous people have graduated with nationally-recognised leadership qualifications and thousands more have completed tailored Indigenous leadership and Indigenous governance programs since the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) was established in 2001.
The AILC has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s leading Indigenous education organisations, delivering programs across the nation from its Canberra base. In June, the Commonwealth Government announced an additional $8.3 million in funding for the AILC for the next four years, in recognition of its success in delivering Indigenous leadership education.
“This award is a great affirmation of the success of our 1,200 graduates. Education organisations are judged not for delivering courses, but for delivering meaningful change – and the AILC is achieving that every day,” AILC chair Dr Tom Calma AO said.
“All levels of Australian government, many Australian corporations and many thousands of Australians have recognised the importance of building capacity in Indigenous leadership and Indigenous governance to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”
“It’s not a discretionary item. Indigenous leadership is essential to deliver a better future for all Australians – enabling Indigenous people to gain access to the skills, knowledge, opportunities and support networks required to let them fulfil their potential.”
AILC CEO Ms Rachelle Towart said the award was a valuable endorsement of the organisation’s successes and future potential – and also a reminder of the importance of extending training opportunities further.
“The biggest challenge the AILC confronts is the scale of need for these programs, and the shortage of resources to deliver them. For every person we select to participate in our courses, we have to turn away up to 10 other really outstanding applicants,” Ms Towart said.
“Independent analysis of AILC programs by KPMG has revealed that our graduates earn more, contribute more – and seek more further education opportunities after completing an AILC course. We want more Indigenous Australians to enjoy those opportunities in future.”
For more information and interviews, please call Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre CEO Ms Rachelle Towart on: 02 6251 5770 / 0431 772 377