May 17, 2019

AMSANT and Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre enter into Leadership Development Partnership

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory (AMSANT) and The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) will today embark on a new partnership to work together to continue to deliver Regional Leadership Workshops to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service staff and other related service staff throughout the Northern Territory.

The parties will sign a two-year Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the relationship between the two organisations, and build on and further strengthen the success of the program which AMSANT has delivered since 2006.

This partnership comes at an opportune time as AILC now have a permanent presence here in the NT. AILC are the experts in delivery of leadership training and AMSANT are the peak body of a membership of 25 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the NT. The partnership is a practical and mutually beneficial arrangement where each organisation can bring their collective capacity to the table to make certain that the commitment to Aboriginal Health Leadership training continues and our future leaders are supported to realise their aspirations and to continue to develop and grow the sector.

Following the success of a trial of regional leadership workshops held in Alice Springs last year, the regional model and approach will remain a feature of how they are planned and delivered under the term of this partnership.

Robyn Forester, CEO AILC welcomed the partnership. “The AILC is excited for the partnership with AMSANT. It provides both organisations with the opportunity to support and grow current and emerging Aboriginal Leadership in the NT. It will also allow the AILC to be accessible to many communities that have not benefited from AILC training in the past”, Ms Forester said.

CEO of AMSANT, John Paterson, said “Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands remains fundamental to the success and growth of our services throughout the NT. We need to be empowered and inspired to continue to grow our leadership capacity to meet demands of today and the future. Whilst our leadership journeys continue beyond training, the right training and motivation to spark and drive ideas provides the perfect starting point.”

“This partnership is testament of how working together can reap real and meaningful gains as we support and invest in our future leaders”, Mr Paterson concluded.

Media Inquiries:
Erin Lewfatt
Program Manager, AMSANT 0407 793 987


May 1, 2019

AILC Seeking Board Members for upcoming vacancies

The opportunity

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) is seeking committed and passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to join its Board of Directors.

To support the organisation as it enters into a critical growth phase, the Board is seeking individuals with skills and experience in accounting and finance, education, government relations and not-for-profit fundraising. Skills in marketing and communications, human resources and advocacy would also be highly regarded.

About the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

Established in 2001 by visionary Indigenous leaders, the AILC is the leader in delivering tailored Indigenous leadership and governance training that benefits individuals, communities and organisations alike.

We also deliver workshops and courses for non-Indigenous people across Australia in the areas of Diversity Mentoring, Cultural Awareness and Appreciation. 

Based in Canberra, with a satellite office in Darwin, the AILC takes programs across the country to where they are most needed and remains a not-for-profit company owned and controlled by Indigenous Australians.

Our courses and assessment tasks allow for a wide range of skill sets, learning styles, interests and preferred means of cultural expression.

Our Vison

Australia’s First Peoples leading, connecting and influencing positive change for the benefit or all Australians.

Our Mission

To development leadership through cultural values, knowledge and wisdom to empower Australia’s First Peoples.

Our Values

We hold the following values important to our business:

  • Cultural Safety & Respect
  • Cultural Authenticity & Integrity
  • Thought Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Courage
  • Innovation
  • Excellence

All AILC Board positions are voluntary with no remuneration attached. However, accommodation and transport costs associated with face-to-face meetings are covered by the organisation. 

Expressions of Interest including an up-to-date CV should be emailed to ceo@ailc.org.au by COB Friday 24 May 2019.

For more information please call:
Robyn Forester             AILC CEO on 0437 345 165
Cath Brokenborough  AILC Chairperson on 0438 263 987



25 March 2019

CEO’s tenure extended for three years

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre’s CEO Robyn Forester has been re-appointed for a further three-year term after her first year in the role. “The AILC Board is pleased to announce the extension of Robyn’s tenure through till December 31, 2021,” said Board Chair Cath Brokenborough.

The past year has involved much organisational change while resetting the focus and structure for AILC to deliver enhanced quality learning outcomes for participants. “Robyn carefully and respectfully helped reshape the organisation while engaging with AILC’s operations team,” said Cath.

“We have benefited from Robyn’s extensive experience and networks developed during her 28 years working within government, seeing new partnerships forged for AILC.”

Robyn commenced as CEO halfway through the 2017-18 financial year, during which AILC delivered a record number of courses, more than doubling previous service delivery. AILC delivered to more than 15 locations ranging from remote, rural and urban communities; targeted a broader range of industries including sporting institutes, regional primary health service providers, regional leadership bodies, and land management organisations. AILC students have maintained a high success rate of completion of approximately 82%, significantly higher than that of the VET sector.

CEO tenure for Robyn Forester extended 3 years.

Robyn said she welcomes the opportunity to continue working with a Board and team of professional and passionate staff who are focused on creating a high performing, values driven organisation focused on positive outcomes for the benefit of all Australians.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that Cath Brokenborough and the Board have bestowed on me to continue leading the AILC going forward as we work toward securing our future, increasing our profile and being recognised as the lead RTO supporting the educational aspirations of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians within the vocational education sector,” Robyn said.

Board Chair Cath said, “We are confident on the progress we have made to date and strength of our organisation in the years ahead. The Board is pleased to have Robyn at the helm of AILC and look forward to continued successes in future.”


18 February 2019

AILC opens new office in NT to meet demand

Demand for The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre’s (AILC) training courses has led to the opening of AILC’s first interstate office in Darwin, Northern Territory.

“AILC is proud to have met accredited training needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their communities and workplaces for the past 17 years,” said AILC CEO Robyn Forester. The national office in Canberra has been delivering place-based training across Australia since 2001. “To meet growing demand for our training services in a sustainable way we have opened an AILC office in the top end.” 

Newly appointed Program Manager for Northern Australia Timmy Duggan will operate from the new office. A local born and bred Darwin man, he has family connections to the Warramungu people of Central Australia and the Nykinya people of the Kimberleys.

AILC’s newly appointed Program Manager (Northern Australia) Timmy Duggan will expand AILC’s reach with a new office established in the top end.

Mr Duggan’s experience as Leadership Project Officer for Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT, Director of Coaching for Basketball NT and Training Facilitator for AILC equips him with the skills required to oversee AILC’s office in Darwin.

With a Diploma of Youth and Community Development from RMIT, and the first person from Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League, Mr Duggan founded “Hoops 4 Health”, a health-education program using basketball as a vehicle to encourage youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. Further advocacy for young people is facilitated by Mr Duggan with weekend programs in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

“I’m inspired, pumped, motivated and ready to continue the AILC presence on the ground in the NT,” said Mr Duggan. “The potential for the AILC to deliver courses and provide the leadership pathways in the NT with the current climate and negative connotations towards our young people provides many positive opportunities.”

Support from Flinders University, in particular Flinders NT Manager Monica Barolits-McCabe, has enabled AILC to establish its first satellite office.  Flinders NT is recognised nationally and internationally for its remote and rural health services research and workforce development comprising three elements:

  • The NT Medical Program (NTMP)
  • The Centre for Remote Health
  • The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing.

 “We are so happy AILC has taken up our offer to be co-located with us in Darwin,” said Ms Barolits-McCabe. “This strategic partnership will benefit both organisations going forward.

“Leadership skills are such an important element for our students and will supplement their skills as doctors.” She said. “This partnership enables us to offer leadership courses and other capacity building training to our students. In return AILC will benefit from sharing our office and training facilities in Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Katherine.”

The top end office opened officially this week. Initially contact can be made with Mr Duggan on 0437 871 710. Working alongside him in the new NT office will be a yet-to-be-appointed Program Leader.

For media enquiries, please contact AILC CEO Robyn Forester on (02) 6251 5770.


11 February 2019

Indigenous youth to benefit from new funding

A new “Youth Leadership Pathways” project is part of The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre’s (AILC) program “Beyond Leadership” being delivered across Australia during 2019-20.

 “Youth Leadership Pathways” is a non-accredited program which aims to extend AILC’s leadership development and mentoring to 100 indigenous young people across two Australian locations each year.

Young emerging indigenous leaders will participate in face-to-face workshops on leadership topics, access to key indigenous leaders as guest speakers, options to progress into an accredited course suited to their leadership development and attendance at an annual Elite Young Indigenous Leaders forum.

The “Beyond Leadership” program builds on the past successes of AILC in delivering accredited and non-accredited courses in Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Mentoring.

In the past financial year, 340 new accredited course participants joined AILC’s already existing alumni of more than 2000.

Funding to deliver these programs has been granted from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) in line with recent changes to government funding policy.  These changes mean some students participating in our accredited training will be need to make a co-contribution payment of 20 per cent in the first year and 50 per cent in the second year of training.

Contribution payments from participants or their employer applies to those participating in accredited training and who are:

  • Employed in a government agency
  • Employed in a large (more than 101 staff) non-government organisation
  • Unemployed and eligible for training assistance.

AILC CEO Robyn Forester said, “Contribution payments for some students participating in accredited courses was imposed on AILC as a condition of funding. As we navigate these changes we will support our students as much as we can.’’

AILC CEO Robyn Forester

‘’The AILC has been Australia’s only provider of accredited Indigenous leadership training with growing reach across the nation,” said Ms Forester. ‘’Our aim has always and will always be to increase the capability and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.’’

The AILC Board comprises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and all AILC courses are designed, develop and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“The completion rates of AILC participants in comparison with the completion rates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VET sector is higher,’’ said Ms Forester. “Funded course completion rate for AILC is 93.8 per cent and fee-for-service course completion rate is 89.9 per cent.

‘’Consultation with clients about what meets their needs has ensured our courses are in great demand. AILC is opening a new office in Darwin to meet growing demands for our training.”

Specialising in place-based education, the AILC delivers courses to locations throughout Australia with flexible teaching models to cater to people from a wide range of backgrounds. The “Youth Leadership Pathways” will be rolled out in Northern Territory and Victorian communities this year.

The AILC has attracted support and partnership from a number of leading Australian organisations and all levels of government.

For more information about AILC courses see our program at www.ailc.org.au


For media enquiries, please contact AILC CEO Robyn Forester on (02) 6251 5770.