Become a Changemaker

Yanalangami is a unique, culturally appropriate leadership Program designed and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.


Applications and community nominations for the 2024 Program are now closed.

Annually the National Online Yanalangami Program opens applications on the 8th of March. To stay connected, please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on social media.

What is the Yanalangami program?

The Yanalangami program is designed to connect, inspire and strengthen the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women Changemakers, investing in their personal, professional and community networks and confidence. This unique opportunity is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify as a woman and are over 17 years of age.

Yanalangami is an inclusive place of learning, and we strongly welcome and encourage sistergirls and lesbian, queer or trans Indigenous women to apply.

Why choose the Yanalangami program?

Yanalangami is a unique, culturally appropriate leadership Program designed and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

You will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from deadly First Nations women Changemakers from around Australia.

It is an online program, meaning you can walk this journey with us while continuing to meet your family, community and work commitments.

This program is right for you if:

  •  You want to grow your networks, skills and confidence.
  • It is time to start your healing journey.
  • You want to meet and be inspired by other First Nations women Changemakers.
  • You are ready to learn and unlearn things about yourself.
  • You want to excel in your career or enhance your community impact.
  • You want to make change happen but lack the skills or confidence to do so.

Selection of our Changemakers

We aim to provide a transparent selection process led by our Aboriginal Advisory Council, an annually appointed body of cultural advisors, speakers and mentors that serves our Yanalangami community.

The AAC will review each applicant against the following Changemaker qualities:

  • Resilience
  • Commitment to community
  • Cultural Integrity
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Drive (personal and professional)
  • Collaboration/working with others
  • A role model for other girls, women and community members

In addition, the AAC will consider the following:

  • The relevance of the selected Changemaker program to the applicant’s leadership journey.
  • Their demonstrated commitment to completing the program.
  • Their personal motivations.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions


8 March

Applications and nominations open

31 March

Applications and nominations close

10 April

Aboriginal Advisory Council makes selection

11-17 April

Changemakers Notified

15 May

Online Participants Meet & Greet

22 May

Combined online program begins (Emerging and Community Changemakers)

26 June

Last week of combined program (Emerging Changemaker program concludes)

27 June - 16 July

NAIDOC Break (No Class)

17 July

Community Changemaker program begins

7 Aug

Final week Community Changemaker program

9-11 Aug

Changemaker Graduation 2024

21 Aug

Community Changemaker professional mentoring program begins (4 sessions)

Apply 2023

There are two ways you can apply to be a Yanalangami Changemaker:

1. Apply for the program yourself.
2. Be nominated by a community member.

The National Online Leadership program has two streams, Emerging Changemaker Program (6 weeks) and the Community Changemaker Program (10 weeks). Before you apply, make sure you know which stream you would like to apply for by visiting ‘What We Do’.

Invest in your journey and strengthen your spirit by applying to join the Yanalangami sisterhood today.

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