Aboriginal Enterprise
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David Liddiard OAM

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For three decades David Liddiard has been committed to closing the education, health and employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 

Having achieved a successful professional career and as a proud Indigenous Australian, David recognised that for true Indigenous economic independence and prosperity equal to that of other Australians, there must be a successful Indigenous economy with vibrant and  sustainable Indigenous businesses competing in the corporate sector. 

David Liddiard has skilfully brought together business partners from across Australia and from diverse industry sectors to form the David Liddiard Group of Indigenous owned businesses, with shared values and commitment to creating positive futures through full economic  participation. 

Using David's knowledge, understanding and experiences the David Liddiard Group has also developed a pathway program for Indigenous people to transition to economic independence through employment and enterprise development. 

As Founder and CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), he has been able to influence thousands of Indigenous students to complete their  schooling and successfully follow a career pathway. 

In 2009 David was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in Minority Supplier Diversity. David has been recognised for his tireless work and commitment to Indigenous Australia being awarded the Gold Harold Award in 2010 for services to Aboriginal Health and Education, the NSW  Parliament’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2013 and an Order of Australia medal (OAM) for service to Indigenous youth, sporting and employment programs in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

Board Positions and Recognition

NSW Industry Skills Board (2016 – present) 

Board member of the RUOK Foundation (2016 – 2018)

Director (Founder), CEO and board member of NASCA (1995 – 2018)

Order of Australia Medal (2014) 

NSW Parliament Outstanding Community Service Award (2012)

The Gold Harold Award: Services to Aboriginal health and education (2010)

Projects initiated and funded through pro-bono support, corporate  volunteering and community funding

School Holiday Diversion Program for Aboriginal Youth

Working closely with community members and Sydney corporate partners, we created a program that kept school students engaged and active during school holidays, fully supported by the corporate partner who funded the programs with volunteer staff and fundraising. This sustainable model of mutual benefit is still going strong after five years.

Career Transition for Aboriginal Youth

Our focus was on inspiring Aboriginal youth in remote and regional NSW to see  
beyond their immediate world and see, touch, experience careers and jobs they  
never dreamed about. Weeklong Career Camps hosted and sponsored by  
corporate partners have enabled five funded tours for over fifty Aboriginal youth  
from Coonamble, Tamworth, Wilcannia, and Dubbo to Sydney to progress their  
career aspirations.

The Warrigal Program 

Sixteen of the most disadvantaged Indigenous young adults  
proved that they could make it in Hospitality. Mentored and  
housed at NCIE, the twelve month program resulted in 85% of  
participants completing their training despite starting low  
literacy and thrived in real jobs with our corporate partners in  
a range of Sydney locations.

Finding Your Place

In the Narenburn school that is a safe place for those who did not fit into mainstream educational contexts,  sixteen young adults were assisted with placements into their ‘dream job’ with the generosity of our corporate  partners and the close engagement of David’s team in matching the participants with industry areas.

Supporting Local Indigenous Economic Development 

We have been working closely with several Local Aboriginal Land Councils to assist them with their desire to  upskill a local workforce and secure contracts for local housing maintenance and similar asset management to  increase local Indigenous economic independence and employment.

Diversionary Program for Indigenous Youth

Donations of sports gear and consumables have been gathered by David and his colleagues and wider network  to provide much needed additional gear for the PCYC (Police) groups who conduct early morning boxing and  fitness sessions for local Aboriginal youth before providing breakfast at the Breakfast Club and then a drop off  to school. Three communities in regional NSW benefit from David’s engagement.

www.davidliddiardgroup.com

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