– 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.