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Workforce Development & Entrepreneurial Awards

Workforce Development Awards

The aim of the Workforce Development Awards is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and Elders, along with staff employed by partner organisations in funded sites, to participate in First 1000 Days Australia workforce development education programs and showcasing events. Through these Awards, we offer low registration fees to First 1000 Days Australia Short Courses, Workshops, Showcases, Summits and other events, as well as accredited programs, and the University of Melbourne’s Master of Public Health Capstone subjects.

There are also postgraduate level opportunities for individuals wanting to progress First 1000 Days Australia research activities, in line with community and partner organisation's aspirations.

Award Category Application information
Summit Scholarships: Participants from Moreton Bay and Townsville are eligible to apply for First 1000 Days Australia Scholarships to pay for registration, travel and accommodation costs associated with our Summit in Brisbane, 18–20 October 2017. Queensland’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has also provided financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living and/or working in the Moreton Bay and Townsville regions of Queensland to attend the F1000DA Short Course held prior to the summit. Applications open 4 September 2017, close 29 September 2017 All applicants will be informed by  3 October 2017
Short Course Scholarships: Every First 1000 Days Australia Short Course holds five places (including an Elder Award) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from local organisations. Scholarships for these places are based on assessment of an Expression of Interest to attend a particular course. Go to our Short Course program for details of future courses and information on how to apply
Matched Funding Awards: First 1000 Days Australia is currently planning the establishment of a scholarship program that will match the funds of eligible agencies prepared to support their staff to undertake the F1000DA Peer Researcher Training or other accredited courses to become part of the F1000DA workforce. (This course is under development through Save the Children Australia’s RTO; more information will be posted on our website once complete.) Eligibility criteria will be available on our website from January 2018, and information sent to members via our newsletter
Postgraduate scholarship support: Suitably qualified postgraduate scholars will be supported to apply for Masters, PhD and Post-Doctoral programs to progress First 1000 Days Australia research activities. These will be in line with community and partner organisation’s aspirations, and supervised by members of the First 1000 Days Australia team at the University of Melbourne. Possible research projects will be posted in our Members’ section as they become available. Applicants must meet University of Melbourne criteria for scholarships

Award benefits Workforce Development Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the program specified by the Award, including any preparatory training. The following benefits usually apply:

  • Tuition fees inclusive of registration and daily meal costs
  • Return travel – payment of a single return economy class airfare to the place of study by the most direct route or costs associated with personal car use or public transport – on a merit basis
  • Accommodation – provided in accordance with the University of Melbourne guidelines, to be negotiated at the time of accepting the Award
  • Membership of the First 1000 Days Australia Alumni group
  • Considered for the First 1000 Days Australia Ambassadors’ Program
  • Invited to future First 1000 Days Australia events including local and regional initiatives.

Entrepreneurial Awards Program

First 1000 Days Australia is founded on the belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people are this nation’s original entrepreneurs, using resources from our natural systems that saw us living on this continent for millennia. Our way of life was founded on the characteristics that transition well in modern Australian business: motivation, creativity and persuasiveness, versatility, risk tolerance, drive, vision, flexibility and open mindedness. First 1000 Days Australia wants to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and organisations to achieve financial independence, and to use our entrepreneurial skills and resources to grow wealth for the next generation.

Our Entrepreneurial Awards Program will fund scholarships for emerging and established entrepreneurs to encourage businesses that target and support activities aligned to First 1000 Days Australia work. Through this scholarship we offer matched mentoring, emerging and established entrepreneurial scholarship programs and support participation in Indigenous Business Month activities across First 1000 Days Australia funded sites.

Award Category Application information

Emerging Business Mentoring Program

With our partners, we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our regional sites to access an Emerging Business Mentoring Program. Successful applicants will be matched with a suitably qualified mentor to support and develop their business ideas, and to guide them through the establishment of business fundamentals.

Program being developed for implementation in 2018

October Indigenous Business Month

First 1000 Days Australia will support eligible entrepreneurs by paying the first year’s annual membership fee of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce closest to where their business is registered.

Opens – 1 October each year
Closes – 31 October each year

Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass Program

The Murra Masterclass Program is offered to a small number of people who meet the eligibility criteria through 3 x 4-day modules at the University of Melbourne. First 1000 Days Australia will pay the registration fees of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to participate, and support their applications for travel and accommodation scholarships.

Check online for enrolments:
mbs.edu/murra-program

Entrepreneurial Awards benefits

The following benefits usually apply:

  • Access to our Emerging Business Mentoring Program
  • One-on-one mentoring by a suitably qualified business mentor
  • The first year’s annual membership fee of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce closest to where a business is registered
  • Profiled as a First 1000 Days Australia business
  • Considered for the First 1000 Days Australia Ambassadors’ Program
  • Invited to future First 1000 Days Australia events including local and regional initiatives
  • Membership of the First 1000 Days Australia Alumni group for those undertaking the Murra Indigenous Masterclass program.