Paul Briggs OAM (Founding Patron)
Paul Briggs has a wealth of experience across a vast range of sectors in Aboriginal community development. As a young Yorta Yorta man, Paul was raised on the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Mission within a strong family environment. Paul has been a prominent leader, with a vision to building sustainable, inclusive and engaged Indigenous community through the empowerment of family and youth.
In 1988 Paul founded the Koori Resource and Information Centre (KRIC), responding to community needs, KRIC is renowned for its creation of multiple organisations; some of which include the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club (RFNC), Koori Economic Employment and Training Agency (KEETA), and the First Nations Credit Union and First Nations Foundation (FNCU/FNF), offering national access to financial services.
Paul was the founding Chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), and an inaugural member of the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council and the Victorian Qualifications Authority. Paul held a ten-year tenure in the role of Chairman at the Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, Australia’s largest Aboriginal Health service; he also led the community engagement with the introduction of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for the Goulburn-Murray region.
In his hometown of Shepparton Paul was the founding President of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club (RFNC). RFNC is an Indigenous-sporting organisation that provides sporting, recreational and social opportunities, whilst addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of its players and community members.
Paul’s vision of using sport to engage Indigenous youth in education resulted in the establishment of the highly successful Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) in 2004.
In 2005 Paul joined the Council of the University of Melbourne and established a partnership with the university’s School of Rural Health to establish culturally sensitive research, education and evaluation programs.
With years of experience to draw upon Paul has taken on the role of Chair of the Kaiela Institute, which has built partnerships with all levels of government, the private sector, and philanthropic organisations to collaborate in building an inclusive future for Aboriginal people of the Goulburn Valley.
Paul has also been awarded an Order of Australia (OAE) for his services to his community and to broader Australia.
Paul currently holds these official positions: