Young Indigenous people are invited to ChangeCourse with Oxfam

Campaigns and Advocacy, Indigenous Affairs, Media Releases, News article written on the 10 Jul 2012

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to drive change in their communities are invited to apply for Oxfam Australia’s ChangeCourse leadership program.

Oxfam is calling for Indigenous people from throughout Australia aged between 18 and 25 to apply for the two-year program that kicks off in Melbourne with a gathering from 29 October to 2 November.

ChangeCourse includes gatherings, training opportunities, mentoring and a small grants scheme.

Oxfam Australia Youth Programs Coordinator Peter Nathan said the leadership program not only would allow participants to share experiences, struggles and goals, but also give them the skills to create positive change in their communities.

He said Oxfam was looking for people already active in their community, who wanted to make a positive difference and were open to learning and sharing with their peers.

“More than half of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia is under 25 years of age,” Mr Nathan said. 

“Equipping young people with leadership skills and the capacity to create lasting change is not just important, it’s crucial, if we are to make life better for Indigenous peoples.”

Mr Nathan said ChangeCourse also would connect young people with a range of inspiring people.

“It’s important to acknowledge the leadership that has come before and continues to develop in Indigenous Australia,” Mr Nathan said.

“ChangeCourse will link participants to people who have worked hard to advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

For a copy of the application form, send an email to

To find out more about Oxfam’s work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, go to


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