Indigenous Development & Employment Program (IDEP) 

The Indigenous Development Employment Program (IDEP) is a three-year program built to close the gap for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through social and economic empowerment. 

The IDEP is inspired by military leadership and management training. Delivered by experienced veterans and Indigenous professionals, the IDEP will ensure emerging leaders reach their potential and lead your organisation into the future. 

IDEP VISION

To be a national leader and agent for change by empowering First Nations peoples to lead for progression of culture and community.

IDEP MISSION

To close the Indigenous employment gap by accelerating career pathways for emerging leaders through enriching leadership skills with training and mentoring. 

IDEP VALUES

IDEP Values - Excellence
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Striving to be the best versions of ourselves in our professional and personal lives. 

IDEP Values - Inclusiveness
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Working together to create a strong environment of belonging for people from diverse backgrounds.

IDEP Values - Culture
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Celebrating and cherishing our proud history and present opportunities.

IDEP Values - Commitment
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A pledge of dedication to the cause of learning, education and our people

IDEP Values - Respect
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Valuing our peers for who they are and what they can offer. 

In the IDEP you’ll gain the knowledge and skills that will benefit your whole career

The IDEP consists of the following:

  • Four Workshops per year (virtual & in person)
  • Access to high performing Indigenous leaders, Defence Veterans and Community Elders
  • Fortnightly one-on-one mentoring provided by culturally competent Indigenous mentors
  • Tailored 3-5 year professional and personal development plans
  • Access to a nation-wide Indigenous network
  • Professional development allowance

The IDEP is tailored to the individual needs of the participants based on their experience and capabilities

The IDEP addresses four core modules:

Communication 

Communication is the foundation of what we do whether it’s in the workplace, at home or in social settings. IDEP covers numerous core communication modules including writing, oral presentations and interpersonal communication lessons. At the conclusion of IDEP you will leave having the confidence to speak in public, provide a range of structured written documents and confidence to deliver your message to your leadership team.

Leadership and Teamwork

Our IDEP mentors, instructors and guest speakers have a broad experience in leadership and team focussed environments. They are on hand to guide and teach you how to lead and manage a small team. Key lessons will begin by learning about teamwork and how to be a high functioning team member. You will leave IDEP being able to evaluate an individual’s performance, mentor your team members and identify and display emotional intelligence. 

Personal Development

No matter what stage of your life or career we recognise that personal development never stops. IDEPs personal development lessons have been designed to provide the necessary tools to maintain personal improvement throughout your lives. Lessons begin with recognising who we are, where we have come from and the value of diversity in the workplace. We also focus on how to create medium term professional plans so you know how to set achievable goals. Once you have mastered the power of personal development, we will teach you how to professionally develop and support your team in the workplace.

Critical Thinking 

Critical thinking is one of the final steps to becoming a highly effective employee, leader and mentor. You will be challenged to think critically to solve workplace issues and provide considered recommendations to your superiors. 

The Benefits

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Information for Managers & Supervisors

As the manager/supervisor of a participant undertaking the program, you are encouraged to take an interest in your team member’s development and understand commitment and engagement that will be required of your team member over a three-year period. 

Your involvement in this program will include: 

  • Reviewing and agreeing to career development plans,
  • Approving study leave arrangements,
  • Attending check ins (as coordinated by the participant), and
  • Providing encouragement and support to your team member as needed.

Study leave should be discussed and agreed to in consultation with the participant to support them in undertaking the capability activities identified in their career development plan. 

The above will enable you to support your team member as they balance work, professional development, and personal commitments. 

If you have any questions, require support, or would like to further discuss the requirements of the program, please contact idep@jyaustralia.com.au  

Helpful tips for Managers
  • Create clear boundaries between work, development, and personal commitments. 
  • Gain a clear understanding of the commitment required of your staff member to undertake the program. 
  • Gain a clear understanding of travel requirements for interstate participants. 
  • Consider time commitment impacts for part time staff. 
  • Check in with staff member throughout the program. 
  • Consider staffing changes and if your staff member was to move teams be open to providing new managers with a short brief on how you have been managing the process to date. 
  • Touch base with other Managers for support if needed. 
  • Reach out to the JLB-Yaran IDEP team if needed.
Information for the Prospective Participant

The IDEP is curated to enable you to develop not only professionally but personally. Giving you the tools and guidance to build on your leadership and management skills. The intention of this is to give you a more competitive edge in your next promotion or job opportunity.  

The IDEP does not just finish when the program days are over. We have established a mentoring program which enables ongoing support and guidance for First Nations people, by First Nations people. Creating a network built to last. 

Frequently Asked Questions - IDEP
  • Who can apply? Indigenous Government and non-Government employees. 
  • How do I apply? Government employees can apply by contacting workforcecapability@niaa.gov.au. Non-Government employees can apply by contacting idep@jyaustralia.com.au 
  • How much does it cost? There are a number of factors associated with the cost of the program. Contact idep@jyaustralia.com.au for a tailored quote. 
  • Do I have to complete all three years of the program? Yes, the program is designed to build knowledge, skills and attitudes over a three-year period.   
  • What if I drop out half way through? Can I pick it back up? Yes, compassionate and compelling circumstances will be assessed on an individual basis. 
  • Are there any exams or assessments? There are no formal exams or assessments. However, there are a number of informal assessment activities that are used to challenge the participants and provide feedback to help the participant reach their goals.  
  • Once I leave are there any more commitments? There are no mandatory commitments post IDEP. That said, there are opportunities to stay connected to your classmates via the IDEP Alumni. Additionally, there are opportunities to guest present during IDEP workshops and you may also apply to become an IDEP mentor. 
  • How much support do I get through the program? You will have the utmost support during the program.  You will have around the clock access to your mentor and IDEP staff.  
  • What level of education will be required prior to joining? No pre-requisite education is required to partake in the IDEP. 
        Frequently Asked Questions - Mentoring Program
        • Are Mentoring sessions held in person or online? The Mentoring program can be held in person or virtually meaning using all reasonable communications channels.
        • How long does the program run for? The Mentoring program runs for three years which is aligned to the duration of the IDEP.
        • How long should each Mentoring session be? We recommend that each Mentoring session is approximately 30 minutes however it really depends on how often you have agreed to meet (we recommend once every 2-4 weeks). The anticipated time commitment per cycle (2-4 weeks) will be approximately 1 hour for Mentees and Mentors which factors in 30 minutes of meeting preparation.
        • Who should make contact to book in our first Mentoring session? It is the Mentor’s responsibility to make contact and book in a time for the first Mentoring session.
        • What should we discuss in our first Mentoring session? The first Mentoring session should focus on building trust and respect. Get to know the expectations and experience offered to each other. Share some of your Posting Map experiences and ask questions of your Mentor to understand a little more about their aspirations, challenges, and reality.
        • What should I do if I need to reschedule my Mentoring session? We recommend that sessions be booked ahead of time and that these be confirmed a week ahead to limit the need to reschedule or cancel sessions. Where possible make every effort to honour your Mentoring commitments. Should something unavoidable or urgent come up, be proactive in getting in contact with your Mentee/Mentor immediately.
        • Should the Mentor talk to a Mentee’s Supervisor? This Mentoring program does not replace any Management System. Whilst the Mentoring relationships may in the usual course of conversations explore areas of career and professional growth, it is important to be mindful of reporting relationships and other sensitivities.
        • Should the Mentee set goals as part of the IDEP program? It is strongly recommended that the Mentee establish development goals at the beginning of the Mentoring relationship to provide focus and manage expectations. We recommend a developmental ‘Goal Setting’ approach. In general, goals should be revisited on a monthly or quarterly basis.
        • What sort of contact should be maintained outside the formal Mentoring sessions? Regular informal contact in between sessions such as quick phone call or email is a powerful way of building trust in a relationship and can facilitate quality conversation during the formal element of the program. A large part of the success of a Mentoring relationship lies in the trust that builds up over time and it is important for both the Mentor and the Mentee to be proactive in developing this.
        • Are the Mentoring conversations confidential? Absolutely. Confidentiality, personal respect and trust are the cornerstones of the Mentor relationship. Should either party feel that it is the Mentee’s best interests to advocate on their behalf, we recommend you discuss this action and agree on this beforehand.
        • What should we do if there is a problem or breakdown in the relationship? As part of the first meeting, we recommend that you agree on what will happen in the event of a problem or relationship breakdown. While all efforts will be made to ensure that Mentees are matched with a suitable Mentor based on the information provided by the Mentor and the Mentee, the Indigenous Program team cannot guarantee that the resulting match will align perfectly. If a participant is unhappy with the behaviour of their Mentor/Mentee and feels that it does not meet the standards outlined in this document, they should contact idep@jyaustralia.com.au and we will do our best to rectify the situation. All feedback provided to JY Australia will be kept confidential and not be passed to other parties without the individual’s consent

        Frequently Asked Questions - For The Mentee
        • What do I do if my Mentor does not return my email or phone calls? It is important to understand that your Mentor may have substantial time pressures and other obligations at particular times. If you are unable to contact your Mentor, please contact JY Australia Indigenous Programs staff via email idep@jyaustralia.com.au.
        • How much time should I spend preparing for the meeting with my Mentor? We would recommend you spend between 30 minutes preparing key points for discussion and any questions you may have. Remember you will get far more benefit out of the conversation if you enter the discussion with clear intentions or outcomes as opposed to it being a casual and unplanned chat. Whilst this can still be useful, remember your Mentor’s time is precious so leverage the opportunities you have.
        • What should I talk about with my Mentor? Your Mentor has substantial value and experience to contribute. Take time to reflect on your program goals and the value your Mentor could add. Ask yourself “what is the one thing that I could gain clarity on today that would move me forward?” Discuss this with your Mentor.
        • What should I do to make the most out of the program? The best Mentoring relationships are built on trust. Be proactive in managing the relationship and show your Mentor that you respect their time and advice by showing up on time and prepared. Having clear goals at the outset of the program and using these to drive the Mentoring conversations will make it easier for your Mentor to provide value.
        • What does my Mentor get out of the Mentoring relationship? Mentoring is a profoundly satisfying experience for most people. The role of a Mentor offers ongoing professional development for the Mentor together with the satisfying experience of making a significant contribution to another’s development and success. Listening to your Mentor, taking action on the advice and giving feedback on progress made is one way you can show your Mentor the impact your relationship is having.

        Are you an IDEP Participant? 

        Looking for access to our IDEP Resource Hub? To access our IDEP resources you will need to have your password ready and visit the IDEP Participant Resource Hub. 

        Indigenous Programs Team

        • Shane Wallace

          Head of Leadership Training

          Shane Wallace

          Head of Leadership Training

          From nurturing young minds as a PDHPE teacher to shaping the future of Indigenous talent, Shane’s career path reflects a deep commitment to development and empowerment. With over 17 years of experience spanning education, leadership, and training systems, he brings a unique perspective and dedication to his current role as Chief Development Officer at JY Australia.

          Over his 13 years of service from 2009 to 2021, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy, he developed and refined his learning and development and leadership skills. He fulfilled various roles, such as ab-inito training, naval aviation, and overseas deployments, showcasing his versatility. His exceptional leadership abilities were acknowledged with his appointment as Lead Instructor Leadership at the Royal Australian Naval College, where he shaped future leaders of the Navy.

          Now, Shane champions the cause of Indigenous talent development. Leading the Indigenous Development and Employment Program, he provides strategic leadership, tailored mentorship, and career advancement opportunities to help Indigenous Australians excel within the Australian Public Service, Defence Industry, and rural communities. This commitment stems from his strong belief in building a more inclusive and equitable society.

          A lifelong learner at heart, Shane embraces a growth mindset and actively seeks knowledge beyond traditional avenues. He leverages online resources like YouTube and podcasts to stay informed on industry trends and best practices, complementing his formal education with a Bachelor of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. This dedication to continuous improvement fuels his passion for empowering others, as he believes personal growth is a cornerstone of individual and collective success.

          Beyond his professional pursuits, Shane enjoys an active lifestyle on the South Coast with his wife Summa and daughter Imogen. Whether surfing the waves, crafting custom surfboards, or scaling rock faces, his adventurous spirit reflects his enthusiasm for life and his ability to inspire others.

           

           

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        • Kate Weber

          Head of Indigenous Programs & Indigenous Mentor

          Kate Weber

          Head of Indigenous Programs & Indigenous Mentor

          Kate is a Gamilaraay, Ngarabal and Dunghutti woman, born on Dharug Country Sydney, and currently living and working on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country in Canberra and Googong NSW. Kate comes from a military family with Army service from both her Grandfather’s, and Naval service from two Uncles, her Father and husband.

          Kate began working for Defence in the APS in 2016 after graduating from University with a Bachelor of Communication and Advertising. Her experience ranges across various areas including communications, strategy, project delivery, policy, events, HR, WHS, programs, contract management, reporting and governance.

          Kate spent 7 years working in a variety of roles in Defence with the majority of her time spent in First Nations, diversity and culture areas. She has led teams focused on implementing strategic Department wide commitments under Pathway to Change, the Defence Transformation Strategy, the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and Reconciliation Action Plans.  Kate received a bronze commendation for her work in leading the development of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022, which was Defence’s largest commitment to Reconciliation to date.

          Her time in Defence also included working within the Youth Directorate within Joint Capability Group. There she established a new team focused on providing pathways to youth from diversity groups such as First Nations, female, CALD and STEM. The team has continued to expand and complements the Defence work experience programs, providing development opportunities, leadership camps, and skill building workshops to youth from diversity groups, to empower them in their career decision making and expand their career opportunities.

          Kate also spent some time working for NSW State Government in the NSW Aboriginal Languages Trust, where she led the policy and research team which focused on supporting Aboriginal communities in NSW with their languages reclamation and revitalisation efforts, in addition to leading the Trust’s commitments to the National Agreement, and managing their responsibility as the NSW State Government lead for target 16.

          Kate carries a strong passion for First Nations affairs and is drawn to work that has a positive impact on people’s lives. She is an avid lifelong learner and is currently completing her Masters in Strategic Communication with her sights set on a PHD in the future. She has completed the Brene Brown Dare to Lead course and holds a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership from the AILC. Kate also has an interest in writing children’s books, and has completed the AWC writing children’s picture books course and is currently completing the writing chapter books for 6-8 year olds course.

          Kate has two children, Blaire and Brock, and dog Galumaay with her husband Chris. In her spare time she loves cooking, weaving, art, music, stand-up comedy, weightlifting and running.

           

           

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        • Rhiannon Busch

          General Manager - Indigenous Programs

          Rhiannon Busch

          General Manager - Indigenous Programs

          Rhiannon is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman from a small town of Normanton, located in remote North Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

          Rhiannon served in the Australian Regular Army for over 14 years as a Marine Specialist. Rhiannon had a diverse career in the ADF, taking up postings outside her specialisation at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion as a Recruit Instructor and the Defence Force Recruiting in the Specialist Recruiter Team for Indigenous personnel.

          As a Marine Specialist, Rhiannon worked on Army watercraft such as LCM8’s and LARC’s, operating in domestic and international waters. Rhiannon also spent an extensive amount of time working alongside the Australian Navy as well as supporting Amphibious Operations in multiple roles which included the Amphibious Beach Team, Watercraft Operator on LCM8s and Liaison Officer providing advice on Watercraft and Beach Operations. Rhiannon’s experience with Amphibious Operations has enabled her to understand a wide range of different capabilities within the ADF.

          Prior to transitioning from the ADF, Rhiannon was familiar with JY Australia through their generous support to the ADF Indigenous Football Program. Following this, Rhiannon was formally introduced to the company and became increasingly familiar with the company’s vision, mission and goals. After meeting with JY Australia’s CEO – Brendan, Rhiannon better understood JY Australia’s commitment to “Closing the Gap” and knew it was a company she wanted to be a part of. Through JY Australia’s Veteran Transition Program, Rhiannon was provided with the support and understanding she needed and was able to smoothly transition out of full time Army.

          Rhiannon loved her career in the Australian Army and is very excited to use her experience and knowledge to mentor and assist the Indigenous Development and Employment Program, as well as learning to understand the fundamentals of Defence Industry and representing JY Australia in CASG. She is committed to enhance her skills through the professional development opportunities and guidance offered by JY Australia.

          Rhiannon is also a passionate and experienced Football player, who has represented the Australian Army and ADF, as well as playing in other leagues Nationally. More recently, playing in the VFLW in Melbourne. She is the Program Manager for the ADF Indigenous Football Program and uses this role to further her passion to make positive change within our communities and is continuously seeking pathways and opportunities for our Indigenous Youth.

           

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        • Leanne Bristow

          Operations Officer - Indigenous Programs

          Leanne Bristow

          Operations Officer - Indigenous Programs

          Leanne Bristow served in the Australian Regular Army for 7 years before transitioning to the Army Reserves where she served four years in Brisbane. As a well-respected member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps, Leanne fulfilled the role as an Operator Supply Chain serving domestically and on operations internationally in both the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. On operational deployment, Leanne provided mission essential logistics support to the war fighter, ensuring that they were sustained across all supply commodities.

          Following her Australian Regular Army service, Leanne has fulfilled full time employment in freight forwarding, mining sector, Victorian Corrections and within the Queensland Police as an APS member. Leanne joined the JY Australia team in 2020 utilising her skills and qualifications gained within the ADF as a Logistics Consultant in the Integrated Logistics Team managed by Team Downer on the LAND-200 project. Her strong understanding of Defence Logistics and Defence operating systems ensured her transition into project work was a seamless process. Leanne has now moved into the position of the Indigenous Development Employment Program (IDEP) as Operations Officer – Indigenous Programs. This position pulls Leanne’s experience in management and leadership and her passion to assist others to reach their full potential.

          Outside of her employment, Leanne has been able to complete her Graduate Certificate in Management which compliments her Bachelor of Business specialising in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. JY Australia has provided Leanne with further professional development opportunities and has funded a Leadership course, Dare to Lead, to increase her skills whilst facilitating on the Indigenous Programs workshops.  

           

           

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        Mentors

        • Kerrie Howard

          IDEP Mentor

          Kerrie Howard

          IDEP Mentor

          Kerrie is a proud Aboriginal woman with Gundungurra heritage. Kerrie grew up in the Hunter Valley relocating to Sydney in 1997 to pursue a career in Human Resources. Over 20+ years, Kerrie’s HR career developed with multinational and blue-chip listed companies in Hospitality and Facilities Services in the Leisure, Business & Industry, Education, Defence and Health sectors including experience in the Logistics, Supply Chain, Not for Profit, Recruitment, Finance and Contact Centre industries.

          It was during Kerrie’s 7 years at Compass Group where, with visible commitment from senior leadership, Kerrie developed a greater appreciation of how corporate Australia and she personally through her role, can make a real difference towards achieving our goal of economic independence for Australia’s First Peoples. She came to understand the challenges faced by Indigenous communities, their changing needs and the level of stakeholder engagement required to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes in both Indigenous employment and Indigenous business.

          Kerrie is a positive, inspirational leader with a wealth of expertise in partnering with senior business leaders to identify opportunities for sustainable change and delivering solutions that enable business agendas and improve performance, profitability, growth, value creation and engagement.  Kerrie is known for her strength in building trusted business relationships and delivering results with passion, pragmatism, and commerciality.

          Kerrie is deeply passionate about fairness and equality for all Australians and is driven by the belief that by working together, we can achieve a reconciled future for Australia. As iDiC’s Strategic partnership Manager based in Sydney, Kerrie is able to influence positive change and assist in developing a better future through collaboration with federal and state governments, leaders of corporate industry, key contractors, and Indigenous businesses.

          Kerrie has completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing with the Langley Group and a Certificate of Business Management with the Australian Institute of Management.

          Kerrie enjoys travelling, learning, keeping fit, dining out and spending time with family and friends.

           

           

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        • Owen Brady

          IDEP Mentor

          Owen Brady

          IDEP Mentor

          Owen is a proud Aboriginal man from the small regional South Australian town of Port Augusta.

          Owen served in the Australian Regular Army for over 16 years as an Information Systems Technician. Owen had a diverse career in the ADF, enjoying postings throughout Australia from 1st Combat Signals Regiment, 16th Air Land Regiment, HMAS Canberra and finishing his career with 7th Combat Signals Regiment as a Sergeant. He held extra regimental duties over his career and was fortunate to be PMC of Club 16 at Woodside Barracks in SA as well as Indigenous Liaison Officer for 7th Combat Signals Regiment.

          As an Information Systems Technician, Owen worked on Army’s Information Systems providing communication solutions to deployed customers, operating in domestic and international environments. Owen has deployed into the Middle East and has spent an enjoyable time working alongside the Australian Navy as part of the Ships Army contingent providing communications support with Amphibious Operations in multiple roles which included the Amphibious Beach Team and providing advice on internal communications solutions. Owen’s vast experience has seen him develop from a shy communications solutions team member to being a successful Troop Sergeant leading various teams which has enabled him to grasp and quickly understand a wide range of different capabilities and provide solutions where required within the ADF.

          Prior to transitioning from the ADF, Owen was uncertain of his future employment opportunities and was fortunate to have JY Australia reach out to offer employment through their Veterans Transitions pathway program. Owen was introduced to the company and became increasingly familiar with the company’s vision, mission and goals all of which are inline with his own goals, beliefs and values. After meeting with JY Australia’s CEO – Brendan, Owen could not wait to play an active role in JY Australia’s commitment to “Closing the Gap” and knew it was a company he needed to be a part of. Through JY Australia’s Veteran Transition Program, Owen was provided with the support and understanding necessary to smoothly transition out of full time Army.

          Owen has fond memories of his career in the Australian Army and is very excited to use his experience and knowledge to mentor and assist the Indigenous Development and Employment Program, as well as understanding the fundamentals of Defence Industry and representing JY Australia in various industry roles. He is glad to be closer to his family and friends once again being back in South Australia.

           

           

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        • Danica Pedersen

          IDEP Mentor

          Danica Pedersen

          IDEP Mentor

          Danica Pedersen is a proud Aboriginal woman however she is still in the process of finding out exactly where her family are from.

          In 2015 Danica joined the fulltime Army as a Cargo Specialist and was posted to Townsville. She joined the Army to develop her personal skills and to grow as a person whilst also serving her country and community.  Whilst serving in the Defence Force, Danica played AFL football for the Australian Army, she made lifelong friendships which she still leans on seven years later.

          Since then, Danica has played VFLW for the Williamstown Football Club and was privileged to train on contract with the North Melbourne Football club AFLW.

          Becoming a Police Officer has always been a dream profession of Danica’s. This is why in 2017 she discharged from the Army and moved back to Melbourne to undertake this new adventure. Danica still remains in the Army reserves and enjoys her time working with them. Danica always wanted to become a Police Officer because she enjoys helping people and the community. Danica feels helping people in the community correlates really well with JY Australia and what they’re trying to achieve. Danica loves the initiative that JY Australia have started and she wants to be a part of that.

          Danica is really looking forward to growing with and mentoring for JY Australia.

           

           

           

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        • Tehlara Lovett

          IDEP Mentor

          Tehlara Lovett

          IDEP Mentor

          Tehlara Lovett is a proud Narungga woman from South Australia who served in the Australian Regular Army for 8 years as a Driver Specialist.

          As a Driver, Tehlara played a key role in carrying cargo, personnel, and dangerous goods. Throughout her career, Tehlara was posted to Darwin in 2015 as part of a cargo troop, and in 2018, she was posted to Adelaide as a Transport Manager in an Infantry Battalion. During their her in Adelaide, Tehlara also supported the bushfires in Victoria from 2019 to 2020, and took part in a joint warfare series that involved being on a Navy ship for three months.

          In 2021, Tehlara was posted to Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) where she became a Career Coach and Mentor, working alongside the Specialist Recruitment Team for Indigenous people and attending community events. Tehlara has been fortunate enough to play for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) soccer and football teams, and has also represented the ADF in volleyball in New Zealand.

          Tehlara decided to leave the full-time ADF in 2022 and take up employment with the South Australia Ambulance services as an Ambulance Officer. Despite this change, Tehlara is still serving in the Army at DFR as an active reservist. Tehlara is excited to be a part of JY and thoroughly enjoys learning people’s stories, backgrounds, and helping them achieve their goals.

           

           

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        • Murray Hall

          IDEP Mentor

          Murray Hall

          IDEP Mentor

          Murray Hall, proud Marra, Gubbi Gubbi, and Goreng Goreng man. Born and raised in Darwin before making his home in Rockhampton, Murray’s bloodlines extend through the vibrant landscapes of Southeast Arnhem Land and Central Queensland.

          Murray served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), where he dedicated over a decade of his life as a Boatswains Mate. During his career, he had the privilege of serving on HMAS Toowoomba, Tobruk, Canberra, and various patrol boats. In the final stages of his Naval career, Murray transitioned to a project manager role at Fleet Support Unit Australia.

          Beyond his military duties, Murray was a prominent member of the Indigenous Culture Dance Group, Bungaree. With Bungaree, he showcased his cultural heritage on a national stage, participating in significant Defence ceremonies and events. Murray’s service record reflects numerous deployments, from the Gulf to Southeast Asia, including humanitarian missions to Vanuatu and Border Protection Patrols in support of Operation Resolute.

          Since departing full-time service, Murray has dedicated his energy to the Redfern All Blacks Football Club, where he serves as the assistant coach for his daughter’s football team. His involvement in the club underscores his commitment to community and family.

          Murray’s career in the Navy provided him with invaluable skills in leadership, teamwork, dedication and a strong work ethic. These attributes drive Murray’s desire to impart knowledge and wisdom to the participants of the Indigenous Development and Employment Program.

          In his current role with JY Australia, Murray finds fulfillment in mentoring First Nations Peoples, contributing to their personal and professional growth.

          Nestled in Sydney’s Inner West, Murray is a loving husband and father to four daughters, a role he is the most proud of.

           

           

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        • Fasheena Young

          IDEP Mentor

          Fasheena Young

          IDEP Mentor

          Fasheena is a proud Aboriginal and Islander Woman, she is a descendant from the Wonnarua people located in Singleton, Hunter Valley, New South Wales and from Papua New Guinea.

          Fasheena has served in the Australian Regular Army for over 14 years as a Human Resources (HR) Administrator, mostly in North Queensland. Fasheena has had a diverse career within the Army, including postings to the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and 3rd Brigade Headquarters. Fasheena has also undertaken roles outside of her HR specialty, including time as a recruit instructor, deploying on Operation Accordion to the Middle East in 2015, as well as aiding the Papua New Guinean Defence Force as part of a Mentoring Training Team in 2013. Her career highlight has been her time accompanying her serving spouse to Beijing, China on his posting to the Australian Defence Attaché Office. This wonderful experience in China allowed her to develop her global networking skills, increase her professional development, give her a sense of global cultural awareness. Other career highlights for Fasheena are playing Army Rugby and for the Australian Services Rugby Union – Women’s team 15’s & 7’s, touring New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

          With the exposure as a HR Administrator coupled with a diverse postings background, Fasheena embarked on a journey to further her tertiary education and will complete a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education. Fasheena is known for her professionalism, pragmatism, and her leadership skills. Fasheena excelled in her role in the Indigenous Programs team at JY Australia, building efficiencies and strengthening the Indigenous Development and Employment Program. Since her departure from JY Australia, Fasheena has remained in a casual position mentoring the participants in the IDEP.

          Fasheena is married with 3 young children, she enjoys family time and watching the rugby.

           

           

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