About Us

Information about the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) aims to foster and nurture a new era of Indigenous leadership by:

  • Helping to Close the Gap between Indigenous  and non-Indigenous Australians by providing Indigenous leadership training and support
  • Developing a network of graduates across Australia to provide support and further opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills
  • Researching the primary enablers of effective leadership in an Indigenous context
  • Promoting the value of Indigenous leadership nationally

As Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs, the AILC has transformed the lives of more than 2000 graduates since it was established in 2001.

The AILC's courses unlock opportunities for Indigenous people of all ages to develop their careers and expand the ways they contribute to the community. Culturally-tailored education and training in Indigenous leadership provides participants with the skills and opportunities to realise their full potential.

The AILC was founded by Indigenous leaders in recognition of the importance of leadership in driving sustainable change in Indigenous communities. The importance of Indigenous Leadership is now recognised across Australia – nominated by the Federal Government as a key strategy to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and actively supported by many of the nation’s leading corporations.

Based in Canberra, the AILC takes programs across the country to deliver them where they are most needed and remain a not-for-profit company owned and controlled by Indigenous Australians.

The AILC offers accredited courses in Indigenous Leadership, and non-accredited short courses in specific leadership skills and diversity mentoring. Our courses and assessment tasks allow for a wide range of skill sets, learning styles, interests and preferred means of cultural expression. Indigenous people are able to attend most of our courses at no cost, thanks to sponsorship from government departments, companies and not-for-profit organisations. We welcome donations from members of the public who recognise the critical importance of Indigenous leadership to create a more equitable future for all Australians.