Yalari Annual Review 2018

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Educating Indigenous Children

2018 Annual Review


Yalari acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this land. We recognise the culture, history, diversity and deep connection to land, waters and territorial seas of Australia. We pay our respects to the Elders, past and present and acknowledge the Yalari office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group of the wider area. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work Australiawide, and recognise their culture, heritage


and beliefs.

Cover: Year 9 Yalari scholar and St Hilda's School student, Mibulgurrdoo Yanner

Yalari scholars at St Peter's College, Adelaide: (Middle L to R) Calvin Hunter and Quilon Councillor, (Front) Nathan Spry, (Back) Scott Taat



The Story 7 Founding Director


How we are different


Programs 12 ‘John Fisher’



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5 6


Student Support


‘Tex Garstone’


Pathways & Alumni


‘Mitch Whiteley’


Community Support


Volunteers 26 The Mob 28 Schools 30

Board of Directors



Financial Commentary


Financial Snapshot


Thank you

Ways you can help


© Yalari Limited 2018. All rights reserved. ACN 113 794 148 | ABN 66 113 794 148 Disclaimer: All efforts have been made to ensure the information contained in this document is accurate at time of printing.

Year 9 Yalari scholar and John Paul College student, Shauna Dhagapan

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Year 7 Yalari scholar and The Southport School student, Jay Campbell


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Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation offering secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

The Story

Education is the key to generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians.

Founded in 2005 by Indigenous educationalist Waverley Stanley, his wife Llew Mullins and a group of like-minded

individuals, Yalari offers boarding school scholarships, student support programs and post-school opportunities. In 2018, there were 184 students on Yalari scholarships

nationally and an alumni group of 316 studying at universities, working, undertaking further training or raising families. We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians and for our nation as a whole. It is only through the support of generous individuals, companies and organisations that together, we are enacting positive future change through the education and empowerment of Indigenous children.

OUR MISSION To educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.






opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make a valuable contribution as Australians.

OUR VALUES Values of compassion, openness, respect, resilience,




underpin our approach.

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“I am forever grateful for being born here in Australia... I am grateful to have been born an Indigenous

Founding Director



Waverley Stanley AM 2018 was another year where I felt grateful, honoured, humbled and proud. I am forever grateful for being born here in Australia. I reflect often, what would my life have been like if I was born somewhere else? What educational opportunities would I have been given? Sporting opportunities? Life and learning opportunities? I am

Waverley grew up in the rural

grateful to be born an Indigenous Australian, the eldest in my

Queensland town of Murgon and

family of three younger brothers and three younger sisters. I am

attended the local state school.

grateful that Mum and Dad, who have a Grade 5 and Grade 8

It was here that his teacher, Mrs

education level themselves, placed a high value on our education


and instilled in us a work ethic. I am grateful for Mrs Rosemary

Waverley’s potential and helped

Bishop, my 1979 Grade 7 teacher from Murgon State School

him obtain a secondary school

and for my time as a scholarship recipient at Toowoomba

scholarship to attend Toowoomba

Grammar School from 1980 through to 1984. I am grateful to

Grammar School.

be working beside my wife and best friend Llew; with dedicated staff, board members, school staff, volunteers, champions, supporters and sponsors in delivering world class educational and life opportunities for our Yalari children and young adults.



Waverley’s life was forever shaped by





received. In recognition of this opportunity and with a strong desire

To all of our children and young adults, I congratulate you for

for generational change, Waverley,

your courage, resilience and perseverance to achieve, keep on

his wife Llew Mullins and a group


of like-minded individuals, founded

To our families, thank you for entrusting your children to us at Yalari in partnership with our boarding schools to deliver educational opportunities. To our sponsors, supporters, friends and our Yalari family thank you for believing that committed, wonderful people are uniting Australia.

Yalari in 2005 and established the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program. Fo years on, Waverley still travels across



selecting children for the program.


Waverley Stanley AM with Year 7 Yalari scholar and Geelong Grammar School student, Troy Brown

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How we are different

Yalari’s success is largely credited to the key elements and differentiators of our unique model.


CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY Choice & opportunity for students and their families encourages their engagement and commitment for a quality education.

STRONG RELATIONSHIPS Strong relationships and trust are fostered by Yalari, with each student, their family and school, enabling effective connections and communication.

ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT One-on-one support is provided to students through each of our unique program areas. From selection, transition and boarding duration to personal development, post-school and alumni.

STRONG PARTNERSHIPS Strong, productive and respectful partnerships with schools, sponsors, donors, volunteers and communities who share our values and embrace our partnership and support model.


Year 10 Yalari scholars and Abbotsleigh student, Holly Austin with her sponsor, Jenny Sindel

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Yalari Program Timeline Student Support Officers | Student Development Program


Scholarship Application Process


Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program

Year 8

Year 7

THE ROSEMARY BISHOP INDIGENOUS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM All Yalari students are recipients of the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship. The scholarship program is named after Waverley Stanley’s primary school teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bishop, who was pivotal in helping Waverley gain a scholarship at Toowoomba Grammar School. Each year, up to 50 scholarships are offered to Indigenous children from regional, rural or remote communities who satisfy the selection criteria and are willing to give 100% towards their education. Scholarships include full boarding and tuition costs at one of Yalari’s partner schools. To be eligible, students must be entering their first year of high school.

on a daily basis. Opportunities for Yalari students to catch-up with each other, seek support or advice and undertake personal development are offered throughout the year by way of camps and workshops. Some of these include: •

Years 7 and 8 Orientation Camp: Students learn about boarding school life and what to expect.

Year 9 Central Australia Camps: Students focus on team work, relationship building, leadership skills and cultural identity.

Year 10 Pay-It-Forward Program: A Yalari fundraising initiative encouraging students to think creatively and work together, in order to collectively fund a scholarship for another Yalari student.

Year 11 Camp: Students participate in vocational workshops, presentations and special projects. They also gain an insight into university life and participate in leadership, cultural and creative activities in the university lecture halls and theatres.

Year 12 Workshops: Designed to help students identify, assess and develop their post-school plans.

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Yalari’s unprecedented level of support for all scholarship students is a key strength of our unique model and contributes to our high retention rates. We have a passionate team of professionals throughout Australia who support our students, their families and our partner schools

Year 9


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Members of the Graduating Class of 2018

Pathways Program

Yalari Alumni

Year 10 •

Year 11

Alumni Association

Year 12

Year 12 Graduation: Celebrating the achievements of the graduates, a formal ceremony is held; followed by a trip to the snow fields. Life Skills Graduate Workshop: providing our recent graduates with a series of interactive programs to get them ready for work, future study and the real world.

YALARI ALUMNI All past Yalari scholarship students form part of the Yalari alumni. Past students are encouraged to stay connected to the organisation so they can support and participate in the ongoing sustainability of the Yalari community and its work.

Biennial Commemorative Walk to Cherbourg: provides an opportunity for our students to experience the qualities of resilience, strength, courage, leadership and endurance in an event that not only takes a strong commitment from them to complete, but also provides the cultural backdrop of those who have gone before them and walked to Cherbourg in 1905.



Membership is open to alumni, being all individuals (including a past scholar or graduate) who have held a Yalari scholarship for at least 12 months.

The Yalari Pathways Program provides a formal structure to support Yalari students and graduates in their transition to higher education, vocational training and employment. This includes: •

Career guidance in Year 10, 11 and 12;

Support accessing tertiary scholarships and post-school opportunities; and

Work experience and mentoring.

The Yalari Alumni Association is open to all Yalari alumni with the aim to: •

promote and maintain strong relationships among the alumni;

provide further opportunities for Yalari alumni to contribute to the charitable purposes of Yalari and the pursuit of its objectives.

Objectives of the association are overseen my a management committee who are elected by members and appointed by the Yalari Board.

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“The children are the strong ones. But we are there, firmly planted on the sidelines, united in our desire to help them find the power to do it on their own.�


John Fisher Yalari Student Support Officer - Sydney The children on Yalari scholarships don’t ask for

that they receive educational outcomes at the same

much. In fact, one of the most important goals we

extremely high standards these schools are capable

have in supporting them is helping them to feel

of providing to their other students.

comfortable asking for what they need. Giving these students and their families the agency, assurance and confidence to fully embrace their unique journey is what our support team aims to do. But I didn’t realise that right away.

It is wonderful to see the efforts that families make

to be involved in the students’ school lives despite

geographical and sometimes cultural distances. But families can’t always make it for things like parent teacher nights or award ceremonies. Having

When I started as a Student Support Officer I was

someone there to support the students on these

nervous. I didn’t know how I would handle the

occasions means a lot to the kids, but also to the

pressure of being at the centre of so many children’s

families. Saturday sport is another thing. Sending

lives. How would I bear the weight of carrying

through action shots and score updates to eager

them and everything that burdened them through

parents is a regular occurrence. It speaks to me

their schooling careers? How naïve I was. Yalari

how much the students like to have someone there

students are strong young people. They are so busy

watching them play. At first it took me a little by

and so well supported from many directions. They

surprise. Isn’t the game played for its own sake? But

have families and friends who love them. They are

I realised that the children want to be seen doing

attending schools with some of the best resources

something they love. They want their efforts to be

in the world. The role of the support person is just

noticed. They want someone to see them shine.

to guide these parties to connect with each other as effectively as possible.

Being a Student Support Officer means giving the children what all children deserve: someone who is

Often the school staff are just as nervous as the

there for them no matter what, who acknowledges

children. Student Support Officers fill a gap in schools

their individuality, who sees their efforts and validates

that have sometimes had little experience working

them. And in the end none of us who support the

with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young

children – families, schools, or support officers – are

people. They are a conduit to the shared experience

at the centre of their lives. We don’t sit in to the exam

of all the Yalari employees – some Indigenous, others

room; we don’t run out on the field; we don’t go up

with knowledge built over many years working with

on the stage. The children are the strong ones. But

Indigenous youth. Student support officers can help

we are there, firmly planted on the sidelines, united

schools to navigate the sensitivities staff sometimes

in our desire to help them find the power to do it on

feel about working with our students, helping to

their own.

offer suggestions if they stray from it. I would like to think we help the schools feel confident in knowing when special treatment is appropriate and when it is unhelpful. Ultimately we would like to help these schools in providing equity to the Yalari students so

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Our commitment to developing opportunities for Indigenous youth has seen success in delivering quality programs of learning, support and development to our students in 2018. In 2018, we were delighted to welcome 47 new scholars to the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program and a graduating class of 33. Yalari’s dedicated student support team works to ensure each child is provided with the necessary one-on-one support required for success at boarding school. From scholarship selection, transition and boarding duration to personal growth and development, the team are with the students every step of the way. The Yalari student support and development team run a series of camps and activities throughout the year, all aimed at developing student confidence, leadership and resilience, strengthening their support networks, providing mentoring and coaching, and ultimately equipping them with the skills required to reach graduation.

2018 Yalari Captains Eighteen Yalari scholars from years 11 and 12 were chosen for the role of Yalari Captain based on qualities such as responsible behaviour, leadership, involvement with their school and Yalari communities, and acting as a role model for other students. • • • • •


Alana Sharpley (Abbotsleigh) Darcie Sexton (St Hilda’s School) Ezekiel Billy (St Ignatius’ College Riverview) Geoffrey Swan (The Southport School) Indira Laifoo (St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School) Yalari scholars and Year 11 Abbotsleigh student, Alana Sharpley

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Isabella O’Hara (Canberra Girls’ Grammar School) Jacob Burgoyne (Toowoomba Grammar School) Jamika Kelly-Wirth (The Glennie School) Marcus Paterson (Geelong Grammar School) Molly Trindall (Presbyterian Ladies College) Monique Laurie (Kambala) Ryan See Kee (St Augustine’s College, Cairns) Sarah-Cait Kirkland (John Paul College) Shahleena Martin (Scotch College Adelaide) Tathra Lowe (Methodist Ladies’ College) Toby McGovern-Cubby (Churchie) Zanna Palmer (Geelong Grammar School)





Year 7 & 8 Orientation Camp

“Winanggaay Nguurrang” or “the camp of thinking and understanding” was held at The Southport School on the Gold Coast in January 2018. The four-day orientation camp prepares students for the transition from primary education to a boarding school environment. Year 9 Central Australia Outback Camp Held during the July school holidays, the six-day camping adventure from Alice Springs to Uluru offered students the opportunity to reconnect with culture and the land, forge new friendships, strengthen their support networks and reflect on the unique opportunities they are receiving. Year 10 “Pay-it Forward” Camp A group of 19 Yalari Year 10 students attended the “Pay-it-forward” Camp at the Jacob’s Well Environmental Education Centre. The camp is an integral part of the student support program, enabling students to continue their connection to each other and enhance their understanding, awareness and preparedness for life beyond boarding school. Students are also set a fundraising task: to raise enough money throughout the year to fund a scholarship placement for another Indigenous child.

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Year 11 Camp The Yalari Year 11 Camp was held on campus at Queen’s College - University of Melbourne and provided students with the opportunity to consider their post-school options while experiencing residential college living and university life. The two-day camp allowed students to participate in a variety of workshops and presentations, all aimed at ‘teasing-out’ their passions and abilities in order to formulate a career plan. Year 12 Graduation Yalari’s annual Year 12 Graduation Ceremony was held at The Royal Military College in Canberra, where 33 Yalari graduates attended their last official Yalari event. Geelong Grammar School student, Koby Sellings was named as the 2018 Yalari Valedictorian. The ceremony was followed by a trip to the snowfields.

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“It is not your biology that defines you but your experiences and environment that help shape you. It was Yalari that helped changed the environment that I was in.�


Tex Garstone

Year 12 | Geelong Grammar School Student Speaker - 2018 Yalari Melbourne Dinner My name is Tex Garstone and I’m from Halls Creek, in the Kimberley, Western Australia and Ngugu Ngana Djaru and Bardi Mawaan, which in my mother’s language. Djaru means I am a proud Djaru and Bardi man. I am currently in Year 12 at Geelong Grammar School and completing the VCE. I’m going to give you an insight into some of my life experiences and how Yalari has made an impact on me. For it is not your biology that defines you, although I think Charles Darwin would say otherwise, but its your experiences and environment that help shape you. Most of my childhood was spent in Kununurra, I had a great child hood and was brought up with good morals. But I only had to look at some of my older friends and cousins around me to realise that this wasn’t a good environment for a good education and there was no real support for those who wanted to do well in their education. And when I go back home now most of my old friends have dropped out of school and on drugs. Once I saw my brother and older cousins go off to boarding school in Perth, I knew I wanted to go away for schooling. It was funny because when they would ring home crying on the phone, home sick, I would laugh and think they were just being sooks. I did not know how hard it really was! My brother was the first person to graduate in my family and made it seem like it really was possible. Then my sister was offered a Yalari scholarship to attend Geelong Grammar School (GGS). Then a couple of years later, I was offered one too. I was so excited to be offered a scholarship. I imagine it was the same feeling Harry had when he received his Hogwarts letter! Once I started at GGS the excitement levels depreciated dramatically and I then realised why my older brother was constantly calling home because he was homesick. And it didn’t help that my sister was somewhere in the high country enduring Geelong Grammar School’s Timber Top Campus. This meant that even though we went to the same school we wouldn’t see each other until holidays. My first term at GGS was so hard and I remember at the end of the first term holidays I was doing everything I could to miss the flight but it didn’t work! As the terms rolled by, I started to settle in and really embrace the opportunities that GGS had to offer. Like my sister, I too attended Timbertop in Year 9. It was, for me, the best thing I have ever done and I feel it was really

important for my personal growth. The friends that were in my unit had a big impact on me and they are still some of my closest mates. During the hikes and runs, I felt that I gained a whole lot of resilience.

Year 10 flew by as quick as it came and when I was in Year 11, I thought my schooling days would be over before I knew it. I was wrong! It was the toughest year I had experienced yet. I started to get into arguments with the teachers and really just didn’t want to be at school in Geelong. I started questioning the point of school and whether it was really worth going through all this hardship, you know, all those existential thoughts you start having during your adolescence. So my family, Yalari and I decided that it was best to take some time out from school. During Term 3, I stayed at home going to the local school and thought I would finish my school years there. I thought it was going to be the best and it was, for a time until I realised how much of a disservice I was doing to myself. It was like I was back in middle school learning simple algebra and how to write comprehensively. I was sad when the reality hit me that this was the standard of education the kids in my community were getting in Year 11. I quickly realised how lucky I was to be part of Yalari and to be receiving a wonderful education at Geelong Grammar School.

I came back to Geelong in Term 4 and have not looked back. I am now in Year 12 and although this year has been tough too, I am consciously reminded that everything I do, counts. I know how lucky I am to be in this position and that is due to Yalari believing in me. My goal for next year is to attend the University of Western Australia studying psychology. I would like to become a teacher so I am able to have an impact on the education system, especially in remote areas such as my home. It is my education at Geelong Grammar School that has lead me to pursue psychology and teaching after school. I am very thankful to Waverley and Llew for the opportunity that Yalari has given me. It would not be possible without all the sponsors and people who believe in Yalari. It is not your biology that defines you but its your experiences and environment that help shape you. And it was Yalari that changed the environment that I was in and gave me the chance to have so many unique experiences and I can honestly say it was for the better. For that I will be forever grateful for Yalari.

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The Yalari Pathways and Alumni programs are going from strength to strength, now assisting a growing number of Yalari graduates and alumni. We were immensely proud to welcome another 33 graduates into our alumni program at the end of 2018. This brings our total number of alumni to 349 as we head into 2019. The Yalari Pathways team have continued to assist the Year 10, 11 and 12 students with their preparation for life after boarding school, encouraging and supporting them to explore tertiary and vocational options. The team also works with Yalari alumni and their families, continuing to provide support, advice and guidance in the years following school as they transition into independent life. The program is designed to ensure that Yalari graduates are getting the best possible career outcomes from their education. Assistance can include: support and advice with job applications and interviews, assistance with tertiary course enrollment, post-school accommodation options and assistance in securing the financial means to undertake further study or training. In 2018, Yalari graduates were studying or had been accepted to study at: Australian Catholic University, Bond, Curtin, Deakin, Griffith, John Curtain, Macquarie, Monash, Queensland University of Technology, Southern Cross University, Melbourne University, University of New England, University of NSW, Newcastle, University of Queensland, University of SA, University of Southern Queensland, Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sunshine Coast and University of Woollongong. Many of the Yalari university students are residing in university colleges through partnerships the organisation has formed with Kings’, Women’s and Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland, St Andrew’s College at the University of Sydney, St Anne’s College at the University of Sunshine Coast, and Trinity College, Ormond College and Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne. Yalari is developing partnerships with other colleges to cater for the ever increasing demand. Many Yalari graduates are currently undertaking degrees in Accounting, Aquaculture, Arts, Commerce, Communications, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Exercise & Sports Science, Human Movement, Indigenous Art, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Health, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Media, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Primary Education, Project Management, Psychology, Science and Veterinary Nursing. Other Yalari graduates are completing apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships as well as moving directly into the workforce. In 2018 Yalari students were training in various fields including aircraft engineering, business administration, enrolled nursing, carpentry, Indigenous dance, finance and


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event management. Apprenticeships included carpentry, electrical, diesel mechanic and automotive technician. There are also a number of alumni training with state and federal police forces, the public service sector and the Australian Defence Force. Year 12 Pathways Workshop

In late March, Yalari partners Herbert Smith Freehills hosted two workshops for Yalari’s Year 12 students (Sydney and Brisbane).

The workshops, which are designed to assist students with identifying, assessing and developing their post-school plans, encourage students to consider a range of career and study options. They are able to experience a corporate working environment and simulated interview, and are coached in everything from resume writing and interviews to preparing for employment and financial responsibility. Yalari Graduate Life Skills Workshop

In early December, Yalari held its first Life Skills Workshop at Jacob’s Well Environmental Education Centre. The workshop is designed to provide our recent graduates with a series of interactive programs to get them ready for work, future study and the real world.

The Yalari alumni are an impressive group of confident, well-educated and ambitious young people who are proud of their culture and their achievements. They are grateful for the opportunities they have received through Yalari and its supporters, their respective schools and the many individuals who have assisted them on their journey. In 2018 the Yalari alumni increasingly contributed to the organisation and returned these opportunities to younger Yalari students. Giving back more than 200 hours in volunteer time, alumni assisted Yalari in running all of its major events including camps and fundraising dinners, they sat on the fundraising organising committees and they represented the organisation at speaking engagements and events throughout the year. Alumni were also invaluable during the 2019 scholarship interview process, often travelling to remote areas of Australia to interview prospective scholars.

Photo opposite: 2017 Yalari graduate from Great Southern Grammar School Albany, Zamahl Bin Busu

The Yalari Pathways Program was supported with the assistance of a number of key Yalari partners in 2018. Herbert Smith Freehills, Lend Lease, Bryan Foundation, Accor, Westpac, All Trades Qld and generous individual donors were instrumental in providing opportunities and support to the Yalari graduates.

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“My story began about five generations ago when my Aboriginal families’ elders were dispossessed of their traditional lands.”


Mitch Whiteley

2012 Yalari Graduate | St Ignatius' College, Riverview

Alumni Speaker and Master of Ceremonies - 2018 Yalari Sydney Dinner Home for me means family. My two brothers Linc and Ollie, my dad, mum and nan. Like most other Aboriginal people, home also includes a whole bunch of extended family and other brothers and sisters too. When I’m not in Sydney, I live near Geurie, a small community about a 5-hour drive from Sydney. It’s near my mum’s home town, of Wellington in Central West NSW, where I first attended preschool, kindergarten and then primary school until Year 6. But my story of education doesn’t begin there. My story began about five generations ago when my Aboriginal families’ elders were dispossessed of their traditional lands. Then, one generation on, my story includes mums great grandfather’s life being controlled to the point that he was prohibited from using his Aboriginal language and lore. Denied his cultural beliefs, Great-Grandfather West couldn’t even walk in public unless he had an exemption certificate, which meant wearing a dogtag around his neck and agreeing to assimilate, to live life ‘as white’ as he could. The education story for my great-grandmother was a syllabus of forced Christianity and service to others, just like many Aboriginal women who worked as servants and maids. Sadly, these women were often routinely abused and my nan, 90 this year, was an outcome of such mistreatment inflicted at the hands of the masters for whom the maids would work. My wise old Nan was often rudely called a half-cast and she spent a lot of her life on the run to avoid being taken away for being just a bit ‘too white’. Nan’s time on-the-run makes for her own story of education, spending hours digging for rabbits and gathering quandongs to eat. She also learnt to source just the right kind of bushes and leaves to sleep on as bedding. ‘Made for a good education’, she reckons. Nan said they were very hard times and I don’t think she’s wrong. For my mum (and other Aboriginal people born before the 1967 referendum) it meant not being counted in the census and not feeling like a human being. Instead they were recorded on stock registers along with sheep and cattle. Some other Aboriginal people were cataloged as being native flora and fauna. I know that my mum is none of those things! Yet this was a reality for many before the ‘yes’ vote of 1967. I don’t intend to seek pity for these stories. I simply share with you some of the things that have impacted my own education and my life as an Aboriginal man. This is the gap between black and white that we often hear about. Aboriginal people are dying at younger ages and at higher rates than other Australians. An Indigenous person’s life expectancy is 10 years less on average. Just 59% of Aboriginal people complete Year 12, compared to 89% for others. This is the disparity that affects life outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

This is why I give thanks to people like Waverley and Llew. It’s why Indigenous men and women, like me, are grateful that entities like Yalari exist and are able to assist in providing a much boarder window of education and opportunity to Indigenous children.

I’ve experienced the view from a broader window. One that acknowledges our divergent history and provides real opportunities. It’s an experience that allows us, as Aboriginal people, to be better able to walk together among our fellow Australians, united as one. I know for me, it is something that will stand me and my fellow Aboriginal brothers and sisters in good stead for life. I firmly believe that the opportunity of a quality education has done this for me.

In 2012, I graduated from Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview after six years of boarding. Unlike my mates at home, boarding school provided me with a platform to learn and live with others; it helped me explore and look at life from a diverse range of perspectives; and the most important thing I learnt was that Nan was right, education means survival. •

I was elected into school leadership as a proctor and house captain,

I played 1sts water polo and 1st 15s rugby for three consecutive years;

In Year 12, I was Riverview’s Captain of Rugby;

I captained the 1st XVs; and

I was fortunate enough represent and captain the Australian Schoolboy Rugby Team including a tour to Fiji and New Zealand.

Since leaving school, I’ve capitalised on my education, completing a two year internship at Fox Sports while undertaking further study. I worked as a student ambassador at university and in 2016, I completed a commerce degree from the University of Sydney. After graduating from university, I worked for 12 months in the University of Sydney’s Indigenous recruitment team. What a treat it was to be able to share my own education story with others. I now work with JLL. I have worked for the company as an analyst for almost 6 months and with hard work, I know it’s a job that will teach me more about business and life. I am grateful for my education; it has supported me to succeed and my accomplishments have allowed me to seize the future with confidence and belonging. Yalari has been an instrumental part of my educational journey, providing vast opportunities not only to me, but to hundreds of other Indigenous children. It is only through these opportunities of education and support for Aboriginal children, we will be able to walk together, as a united country.

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$45,316 raised from

Workplace Giving Donations We are grateful to the many companies who support, and their generous employees who donated, to Yalari through workplace giving initiatives. • Alliance Airlines • CrownBet • Davidson Recruitment. • Davidson Technology • Deloitte • Ernst & Young • Findex • Flight Centre Foundation • Gift Fund Wishing Well Employees • Herbert Smith Freehills • Medibank Private Ltd • NSW Government Office of Sport • PwC Australia • Suncorp Group • Sydney Water •

Yalari alumna Jazleen David de Busch (2015 graduate from St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School) volunteering at the 2018 Yalari Melbourne Dinner.


Yalari Fundraising Dinners

$521,924 SURPLUS

In 2018, Yalari hosted fundraising dinners in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide; and for the first time, we hosted an event in Perth. At each dinner, attendees learned about Yalari through inspirational story-telling and genuine experiences. These events also gave Yalari the opportunity to showcase the many wonderful outcomes achieved by the Yalari students.


of our supporters through financial donations, volunteering and in-kind support.



Yalari’s Pay-It-Forward Initiative


Community Support

Yalari is powered by the generosity

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Year 10 students were asked to think creatively in order to raise enough money to cover a scholarship for another Indigenous child.

2018 Volunteer Contribution



Yalari’s 245 active volunteers contributed a remarkable 6,616 hours throughout the year.

Social Media Followers


General Donations and Regular Giving




Amount raised in general donations, regular giving and parent contributions.

Yalari Database Subscribers


We keep our database subscribers informed and up-to-date via email and post, with publications including Yalari News our quarterly publication. Thank you to the many individuals and businesses who hosted beneficiary fundraising events on behalf of Yalari. Beneficiary Fundraising


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Yalari’s growth and community spirit owes a lot to our passionate and dedicated team of volunteers. In 2018, volunteers from all walks of life and professions generously donated their time and expertise to further Yalari’s work and to help our students be the best they can be. This year, our volunteers assisted across many areas of the organisation. Here are just some of the ways Yalari volunteers have contributed: •

Assisting with the operation and coordination of our fundraising dinners;

Tutoring Yalari students;

Transporting Yalari students;

Hosting student events;

Administration projects, particularly in the Yalari office;

Sourcing donations for auction prizes;

Assisting at camps; and

Project work.


We continue to work to ensure that both Yalari and our volunteers mutually benefit from the involvement of volunteering. We are constantly looking for new ways to engage and involve our volunteers, so they can further enrich and support our program while providing a relevant and engaging experience for them.



Yalari was proud to participate in National Volunteering Week (NVW), an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of Australia’s volunteers. As part of NVW and to recognise the considerable impact of our volunteers, the Yalari National Volunteer State Awards were held via a nomination process. The winners were: Neil Joubert (Qld), Gillian Johnson (WA), Jordy Keipert (SA), Lucy Fortey (Vic), Denise Slocombe (NSW), and Taneale Lawton (Alumni Volunteer). YALARI STUDENT TUTORING Throughout 2018, there were many generous individuals, across the country, who gave thier time to tutor Yalari children. Tutoring involves supporting the student, or group of students, to develop their skills and understanding of a particular subject. Yalari tutors provide expertise, experience and encouragement as they assist the student to identify issues, to problem solve and develop new skills.

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“By helping out in a small way it gives our Indigenous youth a step up in education.”

Year 8 Yalari scholar at St Peter's College Adelaide, Scott Taat with his tutor, Olivia Pajer.

YALARI FUNDRAISING DINNER VOLUNTEERS Each year, Yalari’s volunteer dinner crews perform an amazing job across all the states, selling raffle tickets, hosting tables, assisting with the auctions and setting up and packing down. Simply, we cannot conduct our Yalari dinners without our volunteers as they play a major part in the fundraising activities on the night and the smooth operation of the event. A big thank you to all the individual volunteers and the organisations who coordinated their staff to work on the night. Herbert Smith Freehills, Coface, Indigenous Business Australia, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Trinity College Melbourne, RMIT, RPS Group, Deloitte, Scotch College Adelaide, Saint Peter’s Adelaide and Lipman Karas. ALUMNI VOLUNTEERING Increasing numbers of Yalari alumni are choosing to give-back to Yalari by volunteering at various events. In 2018, Yalari alumni participated in students support camps and workshops, volunteered at dinners, spoke at corporate functions, attended business events and interviewed prospective Yalari scholars.

“I like helping our the kids who are finding the experience a little scary at first; Looking out for them and giving them my insight, I believe helps and prepares them for boarding school.” - Nelson Foster, Yalari alumnus

“I believe that the only way forward to enable Indigenous and non Indigenous communities to share an even footing on all measures, is through education of the future generation.” “Nice to give something back and give people a hand up, not a hand out.” “The whole program appeals to my sense of doing something positive for the country and being part of a solution rather than complaining about the problem.” “To repay part of the generous contribution Yalari has made to ensure our Grand-daughter received a great education and furthered her studies at University.” “Strong belief in the mission of the charity and have seen the benefits and opportunities provided first-hand.”

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It takes a whole community to educate a child. Thank you to all our supporters who share in Yalari’s mission of creating opportunities for Indigenous children. Yalari’s partners, donors and sponsors make a tangible difference in bringing about positive, sustainable change for Indigenous children and young adults by empowering them through education. We are dedicated to ensuring our partners and sponsors are involved in the journey of their sponsorship.

Communication and teamwork are

key indicators for Yalari and an integral part of our successes in delivering positive outcomes to both the Yalari students and our long-term supporters.

Year 8 Yalari student at Scots PGC Warwick, Bryoni Marshall


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Alan and Liz Hay Allyson Stubbe Amanda Flynn Memorial Scholarship Amelia Eliza Holland Trust Andrew Keayes Anthony Miller Arthur Earle Youth Foundation Australian Communities Foundation (RO Fund) Bagot Gjergja Foundation Blackwood Foundation Bridget Pembroke (O’Hare) Bryan Foundation Campbell Edwards Trust Cavpower Cody Foundation Cowell Electric Claire Nontapan Smith Colin and Leree Roden Croxley Foundation Dan Pittorino David Lyle Doug Hall Foundation Estate of Late Anthony Tyson Estate of Late Mona Birrell Fiona and Richard East Gailey Lazarus Foundation Gillian Johnson Geoffrey Davies AO Grosvenor Foundation H & J Davies Foundation Jane Gamble Johanne Brown J & B Hay Philanthropic Foundation Jennifer Maidment Jordan Family Charitable Trust Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation Judith Musgrave Family Foundation Leroy & Joy Brauer Charitable Trust Lucy Godlee Luke Sullivan Mark Burgin Mia Foundation Moreton Bay College Naphtali Family Foundation ‘Opportunity 11’ Paul and Judy Williams Peta Seymour Foundation Rod Pearse Roger Grigg Rory Robertson Rosey Kids Foundation Sarah Brockhoff Sarah Darling Scrimshaw Family Foundation Stan & Maureen Duke Foundation Steve and Di McCready Sue Chase Richard Oliver AO Tony Jackson Toowoomba Grammar School - Class of ‘84 Thyne Reid Foundation Trevor and Jan Olsen Vicki Hanman Vicki Standish Family Foundation

Proudly supported/funded by the Australian Government

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“St Margaret’s relationship with Yalari is a strong one. In 2019, there will be a record of 14 Yalari girls at the school. St Margaret’s is very proud to be a part of each student’s


educational journey.”- Ros Curtis, Principal


Strong and productive relationships with each of our partner schools are a cornerstone of our success.

When Yalari selects a school as a partner, our aim is to ensure our scholars are placed in the care of dedicated education professionals, where they will not only learn but will be supported and thrive. Each of our current partner schools across Australia has been carefully selected, ensuring they are caring and culturally sensitive to our students and their families. The support from the broader school communities, including parents and other students, help us welcome our students into school life and is a valued addition to our relationship with the school itself.


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2018 Yalari students from St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School Brisbane with school principal, Ros Curtis.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Scotch College, Adelaide St Peter’s College, Adelaide NEW SOUTH WALES Abbotsleigh, Sydney Calrossy Anglican School Kambala, Sydney Kinross Wolaroi School Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale Shore - Sydney Church of England Grammar School St Ignatius’ College Riverview, Sydney The Scots College, Sydney

ACT Canberra Girls’ Grammar School VICTORIA Geelong Grammar School Methodist Ladies’ College, Melbourne St Catherine’s School, Melbourne WESTERN AUSTRALIA Great Southern Grammar School, Albany Scotch College Perth Methodist Ladies’ College, Claremont

QUEENSLAND Churchie - Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane John Paul College, Brisbane Scots PGC Warwick St Augustine’s College, Cairns St Hilda’s School, Gold Coast St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Brisbane The Glennie School, Toowoomba The Southport School, Gold Coast Toowoomba Grammar School

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A culture of leading by example.


Yalari board members are not only chosen for their professional skills and credentials, but also for their shared belief that a quality education is the first step to enacting Indigenous generational change. We were delighted to welcome three new board members during 2018: John Campbell, Eddie Watkin and Cameron Prout. The three new appointments complemented Yalari’s growth and vision for the future.

BRUCE DAVIDSON | Acting Chairman Bruce holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland and was formerly a partner in a leading commercial law firm. He specialised in international business and conducted business development activities throughout Asia. Bruce has spent the last 20 years with Davidson Recruitment and in his current role as the Davidson Group CEO, he leads a talented team across Australia and New Zealand dedicated to enhancing workplace performance for clients. He has also been invited to consult to boards and senior executives, to act as a mentor, and speak on both formal and informal occasions. Bruce has previously held the role of Regional Councillor for Finsia.

“Yalari works! It achieves the outcome in Indigenous Australia that matters the most – truly empowering Indigenous people to make a difference.”- Bruce Davidson

4 CAMERON PROUT | Director Cameron joined the Yalari Board to help create opportunities in perpetuity for future generations of Indigenous children to realise their dreams and have a lasting impact on all Australians. Cameron is the Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy at UnitingCare, helping hundreds of thousands of people and families throughout Queensland live life in all its fullness. Cameron is responsible for fundraising and philanthropy across UnitingCare’s health, aged care and community services including Lifeline, Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital as well as UnitingCare’s vast range of community programs. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Heart Foundation for over 18 years, Cameron led the efforts to significantly increase the impact, profile and revenue of both organisations.

JOHN CAMPBELL | Director John has a wealth of investment management experience, having spent more than 24 years in a variety of roles within the industry. Prior to founding Avoca Investment Management, John spent six years at UBS where he was Managing Director / Portfolio Manager of the UBS Australian Small Companies Fund, which was awarded the Australian Fund Managers’ Best Small Cap Fund Manager of the Year in 2009. John joined UBS in 2004 from Credit Suisse First Boston where he was a Director of Equity Research Sales. He has worked in a broad range of roles within the industry including equity analysis, trading and sales at various financial institutions including Maple-Brown Abbott, Bankers Trust Australia and JP Morgan Private. Prior to working in financial markets, John was employed as an auditor with Price Waterhouse.

LLEW MULLINS | Director Llew’s working life has taken her from her home town of Sydney, to Alice Springs and up to the Gold Coast Hinterland. A musician, writer, painter, business manager and owner with the heart of a humanitarian and social justice advocator, Llew’s experience and qualifications in business, financial management and organisation, mentoring and many years working in the social welfare and counselling areas, saw her well positioned to assist Waverley when he shared his idea of Yalari with her in 2004. 15 years later, and now the Managing Director of Yalari, Llew draws on a wealth of knowledge and vast life experiences to manage the operations of a medium sized not-for-profit company — a position she is honoured and proud to hold.

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EDDIE WATKIN | Director Born and raised in Cairns, Eddie’s rich Indigenous Australian cultural heritage comes from Erub and Mabuiag Islands of the Torres Strait. Eddie is one of Australia’s leading facilitators and highly respected leadership educators. He is a leadership entrepreneur, coach, mentor, strategist, presenter, author and speaker, and a lifelong learner of leadership. Eddie’s passion is to build, strengthen and advance better leadership connections between everyday people. He has had the privilege of coming alongside youth to inspire them to achieve their leadership best. He has coached executives and senior executives in business leadership. He has mentored people who want to make a difference in their personal lives, and he has had the honour of facilitating events for people who want to transform nations. He continues to positively inspire, instruct and influence the lives of all generations in living their best leadership life.

KAREN SPILLER OAM | Director Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She is the current Principal of John Paul College and the f o r m e r Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, a role she held for 17 years. Karen is the National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia and has been a member of that Board for ten years and has also held the position of Treasurer. She is Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland, a member of the International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG) for the Queensland Government and a Past National President for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Australasia. Karen holds both a Masters in

WAVERLEY STANLEY AM | Founding Director As a Founding Director of Yalari, Waverley knows about the power of education and has worked tirelessly over the past 13 years to turn his dream of Yalari into a reality. Waverley has worked extensively throughout Queensland as an Indigenous Support Officer for Education Queensland. More recently he has presented and facilitated leadership and education workshops and conferences for Indigenous people throughout Australia. Waverley is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program for 2005-2006 and also a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship in 2013.

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Strong financial management and continuous process improvement has helped us reach our operational goals. We continue to gain confidence by the generosity of our sponsors, donors and supporters. Their commitment over the years means we are in a strong financial position, one we manage with care and diligence. In the 2018 year, we have seen revenue grow by 14.95% with a corresponding increase in expenditure of 7.53%. Our surplus of $719,579 will form part of our general reserves which are conservatively invested, providing returns to be used for Yalari’s purposes. Student support continues to be our focus with $4.7 million (73.94%) spent on scholarship costs including boarding and tuition, student support resourcing and student events and camps. We have also invested $284,279 into our Pathways program helping our students transition from school to the variety of meaningful post-school options. The Mary Boydell Endowment Fund (MBEF) continues to receive support. Currently, all returns This information has been extracted our from the investment of these fundsfrom are reinvested annual audited financial statements. These have in the MBEF. We are hopeful that very soon we been filed with the Australian Charities and Not-forwill be able to fund a fulland scholarship from profits Commission (ACNC) are available on the our website. The financial statements were given investment returns. an unqualified opinion by our auditors.

Year 7 Yalari scholar at St Peter's College Adelaide, Nathan Spry


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Thank you for making a positive difference to the lives of Indigenous children. It is only through the unparalleled generosity and support of the Yalari community that our students can continue to achieve positive outcomes for themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you for supporting the education of Indigenous youth so they




can learn, dream, achieve and succeed in life.





Make a one-off, tax-deductible donation to Yalari.

Set up a regular giving arrangement which suits your situation.

Become part of a very special group of Yalari supporters who have chosen to leave a legacy to Yalari in their Will.



Arranged through your employer, you can choose to make a regular pre-tax donation through your weekly, fortnightly or monthly pay. Make a positive difference while you go about your daily work!

You can hold a fundraising event of your choice where the proceeds are donated to Yalari. Have fun with friends while supporting a good cause!





Volunteering roles range from one-off events to long term commitments.

Help a Yalari student, or group of students, develop their skills and understanding of a particular subject.

Make a donation of goods or services in support of Yalari events or operations.




Students are in need of text books, school uniforms, compulsory excursions and camps etc.

Yalari host several events throughout the year including student support camps, fundraising activities and corporate events. We highly value the commitment of each Yalari partner and customise sponsorships to be mutually beneficial.

You can choose to sponsor the cost of a scholarship for an Indigenous child to attend one of our partner schools.

Sponsoring one of our events provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to connect with the Yalari community, build brand awareness and show your support for an important cause.

Be part of the long-term vision of Yalari by contributing to the MBEF. Endowment fund donations are particularly powerful as they deliver a dependable, perpetual source of funding.


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“To by fellow Yalari graduates, I hope you are all proud of yourselves and I'm sure that the impact you have had on your families and communities has not gone unnoticed. We are all role models and I am extremely proud of all of us.�-Koby Sellings

Thank you Yalari Managing Director, Llew Mullins with the 2018 Yalari Valedictorian from Geelong Grammar School, Koby Sellings and Yalari Founding Director, Waverley Stanley AM.

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Educating Indigenous Children


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