The Outback Academy Australia Ltd has a majority Aboriginal Board of Directors with extensive experience in business, economic development, education, employment and community capacity building over many years. We are also supported by our Patron and Ambassadors including for our flagship program – the Red Dust Heelers.

Syd Jackson


Syd Jackson (born 1 July 1944) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Carlton Blues during the 1970s. He usually played in the centre or half forward flank. An Indigenous Australian, Jackson started his professional footballing career at East Perth in 1963. He was equal first in that year’s Sandover Medal count […]

Kevin Coombs


Kevin Richard Coombs, OAM (born 30 May 1941) is an Australian wheelchair basketball legend who competed at 5 Paralympics including the first Paralympic Games in 1960. He was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympic competitor for Australia.

Neil Young

General Counsel

  KABO Lawyers

Evonne Goolagong-Cawley


Evonne Goolagong Cawley, AO, MBE (born 31 July 1951) is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles: seven in singles (four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open), six in women’s […]

Darryl Kickett

Cultural Advisor

Darryl is a Noongar man from the Narrogin area of Western Australia who has worked tirelessly for his people for more than 40 years.
He has dedicated his life to community development, land rights, education, health and policy.

Leanne Miller


Leanne Miller is a Yorta Yorta woman of the Dhulanyagen Ulupna Clan. Leanne’s family has a strong and long-standing commitment to Aboriginal affairs.

Clare O’Kelly

Executive Director

Clare was a key driver in forming the Outback Academy in 2013 with Aboriginal leaders from Victoria and Western Australia.

Robert Taylor


Robert Taylor is the Managing Director of Forte Hospitality and together with his partner, Tanya Forsyth, have a 49% share in Forte Hospitality. Robert’s family heritage is the Nanda Tribe, a small Aboriginal group located from Murchison River through to Kalbarri.

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