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1st - 2nd, March 2023
Virtual / Streaming

Practical training for existing and emerging Australian First Nations leaders to achieve personal and professional success in the APS.


- Advocate for yourself and develop your leadership identity
- Address common challenges faced by First Nations Australian leaders
- Balance cultural values with career expectations
- Look beyond your current role, skills for paving new pathways


Mel Brown

Melinda Brown is a Ngunnawal woman who now resides in the Northern Rivers Bundjalung Nation and has a Master’s in Indigenous Healing and Trauma. She started her career in child protection and has 10 years’ experience in the field, including managing the Aboriginal Child Protection Unit in ACT.

Mel Brown is the Director of Spirit Dreaming Pty Ltd. She is an experienced Aboriginal Cultural Trainer and Lateral Violence Expert. She develops and delivers a range of workshops for government, non-government organisations and corporate businesses.

Chief Executive Officer
Spirit Dreaming Australia


Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
APS Indigenous Leadership Workshop

01 Mar - 02 Mar


Building trust and networking

-Conversations to understand a variety of perspectives

-Define what a culturally safe workplace looks like

-Gain a broader understanding of the APS 

Navigating unconscious bias in your career 

-Tools for addressing systemic racism in your career

-When cultures clash and how this can impact you

-Juggling corporate and cultural perspectives

Working in two different worlds 

-Bring your full self and culture to work 

-Confront racism on both sides - within and outside the APS

-Skills to deal with lateral violence

Identifying your influencing style and how to apply it 

-The role authenticity plays when leading a team

-Identify where your strengths lie and how to utilise them

-Inspire others and bring them on the journey 

  • Mel Brown Chief Executive Officer Spirit Dreaming Australia


Developing confidence in your knowledge and skills

-Build confidence to trust your capabilities

-Own your accomplishments and communicate your value

-View criticism as a stepping stone, not a brick wall

Understanding the leadership pipeline

-Understand all levels of management and moving into management

-Create conversations with your manager to level up

-Harness lateral career moves for future progression 


The importance of continuous learning

-Look beyond your current role and how to prepare for new positions 

-Seek out training and professional development opportunities 

-Utilise your networks when work isn’t what you expect

Develop a personalised action plan for returning to work

-Skills for self-promotion and accelerated career progression

-Strategies to strengthen your network and find a mentor

-Develop a personalised action plan to take back to work

  • Mel Brown Chief Executive Officer Spirit Dreaming Australia


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