Established in 2001, Jawun is a small, not-for-profit
organisation that leverages the capabilities of
corporate, government and philanthropic Australia
to support innovative programs of change in
Jawun commenced its operations in Cape York in
2001 and established a base in Goulburn Murray five
years later. In 2010, Jawun extended its operations
to the East Kimberley and Inner Sydney, followed by
Central Coast and North East Arnhem Land in 2012.
West Kimberley and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara
Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands are the latest regions
to join, coming on board in 2014.
In 2013–14, Jawun deployed 294 high-calibre
corporate and government secondees to support
over 60 Indigenous organisations. This equated to
an annual, in-kind contribution of $12 million.
PURPOSE AND APPROACH
As Jawun continues to grow and learn more about
engagingwith Indigenous communities, it has pledged
to share what it learns with its key government,
corporate and philanthropic stakeholders.
These insights were gathered from over 50 in-depth
interviews, including with current and past secondees,
corporate and government partners, and Indigenous
and community leaders. Wherever possible, the
report includes direct quotations, examples and case
studies to bring these insights to life.
Jawun would like to thank its valued corporate,
government, philanthropic and Indigenous stakeholders
for their input into this report. Jawun would also like
to acknowledge the assistance of volunteers who
have contributed their time towards the preparation
of this report.
“Government spends a great deal of money
on the Indigenous sector – around $25 billion
per annum. But a lot of assistance provided
is non-monetary, not just from government
but fromcorporate Australia. Jawun believes
that we have built our secondment program
into a successful model of engagement and
collaboration. We hope our insights in this
report add to the debate about how
companies can do more to engage with
Tony Berg AM,
Jawun Chair and Director,