Indigenous People

Indigenous People

Indigenous Development

As the traditional custodians of the land Indigenous people have a unique place in the cultural make-up of our community. The City of Armadale is committed to working in partnership with our Indigenous community to achieve an optimum quality of life for all citizens. We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land and elders past and present.

The Champion Centre

The City’s Indigenous development team is based at the Champion Centre, a dedicated community facility located on 76 Champion Drive, Seville Grove, which is owned and operated by the City of Armadale. Contact the Champion Centre on (08) 9394 5820 or

The Champion Centre is a meeting place for local people and a culturally appropriate space for the provision of services and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Activities operating from the Champion Centre are provided by government agencies, non-profit organisations and other community groups working in partnership with the City of Armadale. Some services are located at the centre, whilst others provide services and program from the centre on a regular basis. These include:

Waabiny Mia – Indigenous Parenting Service

Contact the Champion Centre on (08) 9394 5820

Family History Project

If you are a nana, pop, mum or dad we are interested in hearing from you! Waabiny Mia is set to hold Family Tree/History projects for the whole family. If you have any ideas come down and have a yarn with us. Do you have a family member that has served in the Army, Navy or Air Force? We would also like to yarn with you to see how we should celebrate and honour our Aboriginal Service men and women.

The Family History Project continues to have steady engagement from the Aboriginal community and Waabiny Mia is seeking to create a stronger partnership with the State Library of Western Australia through their Storylines project. Storylines is a new central access point for the State Library's digitised heritage collections relating to Aboriginal history in Western Australia.

Storylines will assist the library in the digital return of photos and other materials directly to Aboriginal families, communities and people. It is also helping to identify many of the photographs in the J.S. Battye Collection which are currently unidentified and unknown - hundreds of photographs have been identified since 2013. Storylines is an online portal which is hosted by the State Library in Perth, Western Australia which will allow users from all around the state, country and world to engage with Aboriginal stories, language, perspectives and history. Members of the public can view, print and engage with thousands of photographs, as well as a growing number of oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies. To explore the archive browse to

Waabiny Mia is also engaging community to work with the State Library of Western Australia who is currently working with other State and National Libraries on a plan for an online exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in 2017. The library is looking into recording new oral histories with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people from Western Australia who lived through the 1967 referendum, or have memories of the civil rights/activism of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The National Library will be conducting the interviews and is happy to look at traveling to regional and/or remote areas to record someone’s story. Copies of the recorded interview will of course be provided to participants.

Aboriginal Driver Training

Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820

Are you 16 years or over and don’t have your learner’s permit? Visit the Champion Centre and sit your learner’s permit for free. The program is available to all ATSI persons metropolitan wide. You must call to register to attend and bring along your birth certificate and two other forms of identification. The course goes from 10.30am to 2.30pm. A light lunch and refreshments are provided.

Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid

Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820

Impacts Aboriginal Community Development Programs delivers mental health first aid to Aboriginal & non Aboriginal people working in the human resources and managerial sectors who regularly engage with Aboriginal people in their workplace.

Leadership Development and Nutrition program

Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 3.30pm
Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820

This qualification is designed to further develop and enhance a person’s leadership skills. It allows participants to develop self, work collaboratively with other team members, plan and participate in team meetings, communicate effectively and identify the rights and responsibilities of others. A major component of the Leadership Course is active participation in a team or community based project.

Participants are required to work in a team to undertake a practical project which benefits not only the team or community, but also contributes to their own skill development and achievement.

To achieve the Certificate II in Leadership Development participants must successfully complete a total of eight core units and four elective units. This course is Centerlink approved.

Mooditj Youth Development

Wednesday and Thursday 4.30-6pm
Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820 or email

The only Nyoongar Youth Resource Service driven by local Nyoongar youth, we aim to build resilience in our Koorlingars (kids), empower their families and strengthen culture. A new initiative for at risk Aboriginal youth aged 13 - 25 years.

Muggin Aboriginal Corporation

Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820 or email

This group engages with the local Nyoongar community and initiates collaborative partnerships with the wider community through awareness raising and support for social and emotional wellness, Aboriginal mental health first aid, youth development, mentoring and leadership, culture, language, dance, bush tucker, bush medicine and cultural reconnection.

Save the Children

Save the Children staff are based at the Champion Centre most days of the week. Programs operating from the centre include:

  • Play Group & Deadly Chef
    Wednesday & Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Contact Champion Centre -  (08) 9394 5820

    Nubararch Quarnt Kaatdijin is an early learning program for children aged 0 - 5 years. The program aims to ensure that everyone’s children have the best start to life through providing quality, accessible and culturally safe early childhood education. At the same time we have a program for mums, aunties and grandmas, including yarning and cooking. We also provide transport to and from the program.

  • Reconnect
    Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820

    The Reconnect program provides holistic support for young people aged 12 -18 years who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This involves working with the young people to achieve family reconciliation where possible, and engagement with employment, education, training and the community.

  • One Step Closer
    Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820 (Monday - Friday)

    One Step Closer is a safe space for Aboriginal children and young people aged 8 -15 years on a Friday evening. Save the Children along with Nyoongar Sport Association run traditional sports and activities. The aim of this program is to give young people in Armadale a fun, positive and culturally safe space in their local area. Participating in sports also gives young people the opportunity to develop solid skills like leadership, team work and self-confidence. Operates on Fridays, 10.30am -12.30pm and 6 - 9pm at the Bob Blackburn Reserve, Challis Road (behind the Champion Centre).

  • Strong Tomorrow
    Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820 (Monday, Thursday & Friday)

    Strong Tomorrow works closely with WA Police to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 12 -18 years who have come into trouble with the law. Strong Tomorrow provides young people with a positive mentor to help them overcome the challenges they face, identify their strengths and support them to choose alternative paths.

  • Back to Country Camps
    Contact Champion Centre - (08) 9394 5820 (Monday - Friday)

    Back to Country camps are for Aboriginal young people aged 12 -17 years. The camps are about having fun, learning about Noongar culture, building confidence and independence, and spending time with Noongar elders. The camp encourages young people to be proud of their culture and gives them an opportunity to learn how to be solid young role models and leaders in their community.

Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation

Contact Tjalaminu Mia Eldridge on 0432 233 800 or 9271 5738 or

Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation and Communicare Inc. have secured the HIPPY Program through the Brotherhood of St Laurence and are now seeking interested Aboriginal families who have a 4 year old child to be part of this new and exciting program. We have some great activities/events planned and we are going to be walking with you every step of the way. So come along and be part of this new exciting program for our Aboriginal families.

Who’s hot desking at the Champion Centre?

‘Hot desking’ is an office organisation system which allows multiple workers to share a physical work space. Current hot deskers at the centre include:

  • Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service (AADS)
    Thursday 9am -12 noon
    Contact 9221 1411

  • Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation
    Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 3pm
    Contact 9218 9477

  • Anglicare WA - Mental Health Carer Support
    Wednesday 10am -1pm
    Contact 9394 9214

  • Richmond Fellowship Partners in Recovery
    Wednesday 10am - 1pm
    Contact 9258 3018 or 0447 472 501

  • Community Health
    Wednesday 9am -12.30pm
    Contact 9277 1300

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

The City supports an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group (ATSIAG) to advise and make recommendations to Council on issues affecting the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the City of Armadale.

The membership of ATSIAG includes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who live in, or work towards improving the quality of life for ATSI people living in the City of Armadale. If you are interested in knowing more about ATSIAG please contact the City's Indigenous Development Coordinator on (08) 9394 5820 or email


  • Anniversary of the Apology - Friday 13 February 2015
    The Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples was delivered by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on February 13, 2008 and acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations. Each year National Sorry Day Committee Inc. (NSDC) encourages all schools, community groups, workplaces and individuals to commemorate the anniversary of this important event in Australia's history. We encourage everyone to engage in events that mark the Anniversary of the Apology. For Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, this date holds deep meaning. For further information visit National Sorry Day Committee website here.
  • International Women’s Day - Monday 9 March 2015
    Celebrating Working Aboriginal Women, Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN

    International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. For further information visit the website here.

  • Close the Gap Day - Thursday 19 March 2015
    What is Close the Gap? Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. So what if we told you that you can expect to live almost 20 years less than your next-door neighbour? You wouldn’t accept it. No-one should. But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10 -17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors. With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, recommit additional funding and invest in real partnerships. For further information visit the website here.

  • National Sorry Day -Tuesday 26 May 2015
    Recognising the Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. For further information visit the website here.

  • NAIDOC 2015 -Tuesday 7 July 2015
    NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week. For further information visit the website here.