National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA)

Indigenous young people leading positive change in Australia.

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The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) connects Indigenous young people from communities across Australia to develop the next generation of changemakers. NIYLA is passionate about mobilising Indigenous young people to lead positive change through building networks of likeminded and passionate young people, developing skills to lead change and empowering community voices.

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NIYLA’s Professional Network:

In May, NIYLA will launch its’ Professional Network for Indigenous young people aged 18 – 30yrs who are passionate about leading positive change through their chosen career path. The Professional Network will connect people currently studying and/or working from across sectors, industries and faculties.

Annual National Gathering:

Each year NIYLA brings together 50 Indigenous young people aged 15 – 18years from communities across Australia for the annual National Gathering. The National Gathering is a week-long experience where the young people connect with likeminded and aspiring young leaders and together develop social action campaigns to address issues they are passionate about.

Leadership Forums:

Communities and Schools have the opportunity to host a local NIYLA forum to engage Indigenous young people from surrounding areas and schools to further develop their leadership skills. The NIYLA team facilitates a 1 to 2 day leadership forum that focuses on identifying personal values, putting these values into action and exploring future aspirations.

Values in Action:

NIYLA’s leadership philosophy – Values in Action – informs the development of our programs, guides our facilitators and supports our students to continue their leadership journey. The philosophy is built on Indigenous cultural values that connect communities across Australia; values that are timeless, universal and very relevant for our communities and young people today.

We firmly believe that leadership isn’t about a title, status or position. We believe that true leadership is about acting on your values throughout your life and in the decisions you make on your journey. Check out our Values in Action philosophy.

Get involved!

▪         Contact us to host a NIYLA Leadership Forum in your community or school

▪         Check out NIYLA’s Facebook page to stay up to date

▪         Sign up for our monthly ‘Values in Action’ update

▪         Check out NIYLA’s YouTube channel


The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy is an initiative of the Foundation for Young Australians. NIYLA is funded by the Department of Education (Prime Minister and Cabinet), The Trust Company and Laing O’Rourke.