The Indigenous Volunteers Support and Advisory Panel provides support, mentoring and guidance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in the Australian Volunteer Program. Access to the panel is available at any stage, whether you are thinking of applying, you are on assignment or you are a returned volunteer. You can arrange a voice or video call with a panel member to talk through aspects of an assignment, the departure process or any questions/concerns you may have. The panel is made up of four members, and you can choose which person you would like to speak with.
If you would like to arrange a call with one of the panel members please contact the Indigenous Programs Manager on 0422 763 630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel Chairperson – Alice Tamang
Alice is a Dharug woman based on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm/Melbourne. Alice consults on First Nations inclusion internationally and brings her extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across regional and remote locations, to her role as Manager of Indigenous Programs at the Australian Volunteers Program. Throughout her career, Alice’s work has focused on equitable inclusion, community development and cultural revival, across the education, arts and international development sectors.
Panel Member – Tony Kiessler
Tony Kiessler is an Arrernte Man and Managing Director of Akaltye Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous and international development, and expertise in health systems, research, strategic planning and evaluation. Tony has recently advised DFAT on Indigenous participation in international development, he is on the Board of the Australian Evaluation Society, and he is a researcher at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance.
Panel Member – Clinton Wilson
Clinton is an Adnyamathanha man from South Australia. He has extensive project management experience across government and the private sector and owns a metal fabrication business. Clinton has undertaken three volunteer assignments in South Africa, which inspired his strong passion and commitment to Indigenous mentoring. Clinton continues to volunteer in his community, mentoring at-risk youth as part of early intervention programs.
Panel Member – Victoria Langmead
Victoria is a Noongar woman from the south-west of Western Australia. She holds a degree in Social Work and Masters in International Development and brings excellent experience in inclusion and access from LaTrobe University, where she worked as a Project Manager at the Ngarn-gi Bagora Indigenous Centre. Victoria has undertaken both remote and in-person assignments in Mongolia and has also recently joined the Australian Volunteers Program in a full-time capacity as the Disability Inclusion Coordinator.