– Worn Gundidj, past, present, future

Our mission, since 1992, is to provide social and economic opportunities to Indigenous people. By building sustainable Indigenous-owned and operated businesses and helping individuals transition into stable employment, we can open up pathways to economic self-determination.

– Our history and people

Aboriginal communities have been self-reliant for thousands of years.

The arrival of settlers disrupted how Indigenous communities functioned and supported themselves. These events saw changes that ultimately led to socio-economic dependence. Many Indigenous individuals and communities are now reliant on government handouts.

Worn Gundidj has a different vision for our people. Through humble beginnings as a community development enterprise program (CDEP), operating on Gunditjmara country, we realised that as change agents we could offer a different path.

Our long-term vision is well-being and self-determination for Indigenous people. To achieve this Worn Gundidj has devised an innovative strategy. We have built a structure for economic self-determination and prosperity founded on employment services, participatory programs and social enterprises.

The Indigenous-owned and operated enterprise model led to the establishment of Tour Hill Tours & Worn Gundidj Visitors Centre and the Ngalawoort Nursery, now known as Casuarina Indigenous Nursery.

While maintaining a range of social enterprises, Worn Gundidj made a transition into state and federal employment, in 2007. The cessation of the CDEP at this time led to a shift in focus: assisting Indigenous people to enter the labour market. 

Two more enterprises are planned, with a target of Worn Gundidj becoming 50% self-funded by 2030.

– Our impact

 

– Worn Gundidj Board of Directors

Worn Gundidj is governed by a board of well-respected, skilled directors.

Shane Bell

Chair


Christopher Sheppard

Director

03 5561 5315


Emily Fella

Director


Jan McCalman

Director


Shane Bell

Chair

03 5561 5315


Emily Fella

Director


Christopher Sheppard

Director

03 5561 5315


Rick Sproal

Secretary

03 5561 5315


Jan McCalman

Director


– Reporting

View our latest Worn Gundidj publications and reports below.