Australia Program

The Australia Program has a dedicated team of personnel, including leaders and technical advisers, who are highly experienced in community development. Leveraging both World Vision's international reach and the depth of experience shared by our program team, we aim to support effective, locally-driven development by Indigenous Australians.

Our work is recognised by both state and federal governments, which have appointed us among the preferred service providers for:

  • Participatory Planning, Research, Evaluation & Training Panel, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet 
  • OCHRE Panel specialising in Aboriginal community capacity strengthening (NSW Government plan for Aboriginal affairs)

Our capability includes:

  • Program design, monitoring & evaluation 
  • Organisational planning 
  • Participatory community planning (including with children & youth) 
  • Community development methodologies & tools (training) 
  • Mentoring, coaching & knowledge transfer 
  • Skills audits & resource development 
  • Advocacy support 
  • Stakeholder & community engagement  
  • Maternal, newborn & child health support 
  • Early childhood care & development support 
  • Youth leadership & development support 
  • Governance & leadership development support.

The Australia Program also engages consultants as needed, including a number of consultants through our university associations. We have developed a range of tools and training resources, which can be adapted to suit individual community needs and organisational contexts.

Find out more about our current projects in Australia.



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Our Personnel

Graham has been working in development in various contexts for 25 years. He has extensive experience leading large specialist teams in humanitarian emergency response and long-term development operations. He has held executive positions for World Vision both in Australia and in international offices and has been a member of World Vision's global leadership teams in both long-term development and humanitarian operations. Most recently Mr Tardif has been working as the technical lead for the Indigenous Development Effectiveness Initiative. Mr Tardif has a Masters degree in International and Community Development.

Contact Graham by email.

Teresa has extensive experience in community development in the maternal and child health sector. She has worked as a child care worker, team leader, TAFE program manager (child care and community services) and university lecturer (community development and children and family studies). Ms Hutchins has held numerous advisory roles consulting community and developing and evaluating national early learning programs for Indigenous Australian children.

Contact Teresa: call 08 6454 7804 or email.

Jane has 15 years of experience working in Indigenous development in Australia. Committed to supporting agreement making and Indigenous policy reform, Ms Holden's roles have ranged from community engagement facilitation, negotiation support and provision of policy and advocacy advice, to management of native title and land planning negotiations and an Indigenous home ownership project. Ms Holden managed the field operations for the Australia Program for a number of years and is now focusing on effective partnering across community, private and public sectors to support the growth of our work in Australia.

Contact Jane: call 07 3387 2706 or email.

Annette has an extensive history working in community development, early childhood and Indigenous issues. Mrs Fuller has spent the last five years working in Central Australia with Aboriginal communities on a range of community development initiatives. With considerable experience working with the Australian and Northern Territory governments, she is also engaged in policy and programming in early childhood care and development and Indigenous Affairs.

Contact Annette: call 08 8953 1452 or email.

Cordell leads our engagement with the Australian Government on the Indigenous Development Effectiveness Initiative and manages the Young Mob Leaders Program. He is also the key adviser on governance, risk and policy for the Australia Program. Mr Scaife has spent more than 10 years working for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations as a lawyer, negotiator and mediator in legal services, land and native title, resources and governance.

Contact Cordell: call 02 9806 6379 or email.

Grant is an Aboriginal Christian leader with an academic interest in exploring the importance of Aboriginal spirituality and social change. He is a member of the Indigenous reference groups of Oxfam Australia and TEAR Australia, and has worked previously with Reconciliation Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians and the Collins Street Baptist Church. Mr Paulson is currently pursuing a stronger 'two way' approach to project design, implementation and evaluation, using a spiritual lens to amplify cross-cultural connections and enhance child and community wellbeing.

Contact Grant: call 07 3387 2734 or email.

Liz has extensive experience working in remote Indigenous Australian communities in the Gulf of Queensland, Pilbara and the Northern Territory. With a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Welfare, Ms Mullen has worked with disengaged youth focusing on project development and project management. She now provides technical advice and support to our project teams (focusing on assessment and design), as well as project management support for the development of new projects.

Contact Liz: call 08 8952 9784 or email.

Claire has seven years' experience in the banking and finance sector working across a range of industries in business and corporate banking and credit risk and restructuring. Ms Collins is experienced in the assessment and analysis of businesses performance and developing strategies for improving businesses performance.

Contact Claire by email.

Julie has worked in community development for 20 years both in Australia and internationally. Her capacity building roles have included maternal and child health, early childcare and development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, research and evaluation and child protection. She has a Master's degree in maternal and child health and is a member of the ARACY child and youth research roundtable discussion group.

Contact Julie by email.

Emily has extensive experience working on all phases of the program and strategy cycle including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Emily has been working on youth-focused projects and programs for almost 10 years, from program and team leadership roles through to on the ground implementation. She has expertise in collaborative processes for program development and impact reporting and holds a Master of Evaluation.

Contact Emily by email.