This page contains links to reports, websites and other media that contextualise Woor-Dungin’s work, with particular emphasis on the connections between Aboriginal communities and philanthropic institutions.

For Woor-Dungin’s Annual Reports please click  here



Reconciliation Australia (2016). The State of Reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Australia: Kingston, ACT.

The first of its kind since 2000, the Report highlights what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity, and historical acceptance and makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation.  Over the last 25 years, Australia has achieved some significant milestones on our reconciliation journey…

Read the report here


Shepherdson, P. & Fuller, E. (2015). Dubbo Conversations. Dusseldorp Forum: Sydney; Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation: Sydney.

Most Aboriginal young people in Dubbo do not end up in the juvenile justice system. What makes the difference for them compared to those that do enter the system? And therefore, what can be done by philanthropy? Dubbo Conversations is a summary of conversations and observations in Dubbo, NSW, to inform support by Dusseldorp Forum and Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Read the report here


GrantCraft (2015). Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support. GrantCraft: New York.

In Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support, GrantCraft looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, they explore how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective. This guide relies on information from over 25 interviews, a GrantCraft survey, and existing resources. A definitions page offers explanation of key terms in the report. Information derived from historic events or other published work is compiled in the closing section.

Read the report here


Morley, S. (2015). What Works in Effective Indigenous Community-Managed Programs and Organisations. CFCA Paper No. 32. Australian Institute of Family Studies: Melbourne.

Many Indigenous organisations in urban, rural and remote areas are successfully managing a broad range of programs and services for their communities. This paper reviews available literature on Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations and summarises what is working in successful community-managed programs. It also considers some literature about the use of community-development approaches and how they support successful Indigenous community-managed programs.

Read the report  here


Wunan Foundation (2015). Empowered Communities: Empowered Peoples Design Report. Wunan Foundation: Kununurra, Western Australia.

This report outlines a ten-year social policy framework for the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The framework was developed from the Empowered Communities project that aimed to ensure government policy and investment is guided by local leaders to make a genuine and practical difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Read the report here


Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet  (2014). Summary of Australian Indigenous Health. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

This report provides a plain-language, statistical summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, with information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, health problems and common risk factors. The HealthInfoNet website more generally is a good resource for health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Read the report here or access Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet‘s website  here


The Brisbane Institute (2012). Positive Pathways: Options for More Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Queensland Communities. The Brisbane Institute: Brisbane.

The purpose of the Positive Pathways report is to explore the experiences of partners – government agencies, non-government organisations, corporations and philanthropists – working with Indigenous communities in Queensland, to identify things that work, things that don’t (or don’t always) work, and things that could work differently.

Read the report here


The Christensen Fund, Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund, Greenstone Group (2010). A Worthwhile Exchange: A Guide to Indigenous Philanthropy. Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund: Melbourne.

This guide details the research done to examine the experiences and perceptions of grantmakers and grantseekers to map the Indigenous philanthropic effort in Australia. This research explored the experiences of 14 Indigenous people who have had different degrees of success in seeking funding from philanthropic organisations, and shows how grantmakers can make a significant difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Read the report here


Smyllie, S. & Scaife, W. (2010). Philanthropy for Indigenous Causes: More Than A ‘Cup of Tea’? Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane.

This paper reports on a qualitative study aimed at understanding the issues affecting the decisions and actions of grantmaking organisations and individuals who wish to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander causes in the current Australian context. The aims were to build on the limited research in this arena, add to the future research agenda and contribute to practice and policy insights for Australia and beyond.

Read the report  here



Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Government. ‘Aboriginal Community Development’ webpage. 

The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Community Development webpage allows people to download Voice magazine, which contains stories from Victoria’s Local Indigenous Networks. Victoria’s 39 Local Indigenous Networks provide a voice for Aboriginal Victorians, and are bringing Aboriginal people together to identify their aspirations and priorities and develop community plans for practical action at the local level.

Access the webpage  here


Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government. website. is an Australian government website that connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Government policies and programs.

Access it  here


ANTaR. ‘Resources’ webpage.

ANTaR is an independent, non-party-political, non-government organisation. ANTaR has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and Reconciliation issues since 1997. Its ‘Resources’ webpage offers a selection of policy positions and research papers.

Access the webpage  here


Reconciliation Australia. website.

Reconciliation Australia developed this excellent website in response to a request from industry for an introduction to Indigenous cultures, histories and current issues for their employees. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country have provided input and feedback on the content. Reconciliation Australia has endeavoured to capture the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures but also to keep the content simple and introductory.

Access it  here



Tim Goodwin on respectful relationships at Woor-Dungin’s 2014 Annual General Meeting.

At Woor-Dungin’s 2014 AGM, barrister Tim Goodwin, a member of the Yuin people of south-eastern New South Wales, spoke about four key principles that should guide philanthropy’s approach to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal organisations.

To read a summary of Tim Goodwin’s four key principles, please click  here


Stan Grant’s opening argument in the IQ2 debate ‘Racism is destroying the Australian Dream’ (2015). The Ethics Centre: Sydney.

In 2015 broadcaster Stan Grant made a powerful and acclaimed contribution to the IQ2 debate ‘Racism is destroying the Australian Dream’, one of the Ethics Centre’s IQ2 series of debates.

Watch it  here  via the Ethics Centre’s website.



‘Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way?: Cultural Awareness and Respectful Funding Relationships with Aboriginal Australia’ (2017). Pro Bono Australia and Philanthropy Australia.

In February 2017, following the success of Woor-Dungin’s session of the same name at Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference, ‘Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way?’ became a webinar co-sponsored by Woor-Dungin and the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership.

You can read a PDF version of the webinar  here


Fact Sheets

Criminal Record Fact Sheets

Woor-Dungin has collaborated with its partners Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Willum Warrain, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, as well as a range of legal experts, to produce a series of fact sheets for Aboriginal people living in Victoria who have a police record.

The fact sheets are designed to provide clear information about the law and your rights in different situations. They list contact details of organisations you can call if you need further advice or help.

They are for information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed. If you need advice, please contact a lawyer.

The following fact sheets are now available: