We respectfully use the term 'Aboriginal' to refer to Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Torres Strait Islanders.

Ngala kaaditj Wadjuk moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja.

We acknowledge Wadjuk Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which our office sits.

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Chairperson's report

2016 has seen significant development based on the milestones achieved in 2015.

The new Executive Team has delivered, and more, on its planning during the year under review. I will let Tom Joyner (CEO) and Emma Pegrum (COO) detail ICEA’s activities but will mention in summary the successes of the year, including but not limited to:


ICEA established the Yarn Advisory Circle (YAC), consisting of management, volunteers and external stakeholders with specific skill sets that compliment the program.

Under the guidance of the YAC, and the first full time program manager, Anna Balston, the following highlights have been achieved:

  • First Yarn graduates join ICEA as Yarn Facilitators
  • Presented to over 1,000 students
  • Presented to over 115 teachers
  • +90% of participants now comfortable speaking about Aboriginal issues
  • +90% of participants now comfortable addressing racism


  • 7th Annual ICEA Classic
  • First Aboriginal Event Coordinator
  • Classic artwork on all merchandise designed by a young Wadjuk Noongar artist – Kyana Collard
  • Record competitors in surf competition – over 80
  • Partnered with:
  • Rock Scholars
  • Freestyle Now
  • Basketball WA
  • Record +85 volunteers on the day
  • Partnered with over 15 Aboriginal organisations
  • Engaged over 3,000 WA youth


  • +114 students on Dampier Peninsula achieved over 85% school attendance
  • Bardi Jawi, Bardi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Rangers supported in delivery of cultural camps for high achieving students
  • Hosted two Bardi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Rangers at ICEA Yarn Camp and ICEA Classic
  • Foundations established for Remote School Holiday Program in 2017


  • Moved to great new headquarters
  • Created a new logo
  • Welcomed a new COO along with Yarn Coordinator and Indigenous Engagement Coordinator
  • Secured financial position for 2017-03-01

Whilst words are inadequate I would, on behalf of all ICEA stakeholders, sincerely thank Lockie Cooke (Founder, Initial CEO and Director), David Craig (Chairman and Director), Barbara Bynder (Director) and Roger Bailey (Director) for the passion, commitment, guidance and support they have given to ICEA over the last few years. Whilst they will be missed, and never forgotten, it has provided the opportunity for ICEA to initiate succession planning for the short, medium and long term.

And it must be said that none of this would be possible without our amazing management team, lead by TJ and Emma, our coordinators, facilitators, volunteers, sponsors, financial supporters and all participants. To you all many thanks – your efforts do not go unrecognised.

We are looking forward to 2017 with great excitement and trust that you will all join us again on this year’s journey.

Yours in reconciliation,

Mal James

Chairperson, ICEA


CEO's Report

It was another monstrous year for us at ICEA, putting the wind in our sails to continue growing and sharing our message. We couldn't have achieved all the highlights Mal mentioned above without the support of our entire ICEA Team. This team ranges from the legendary volunteers who dedicate hours to promoting reconciliation in the community, to our numerous partners, sponsors and community members who support us to do the work we love. A special thanks to the board for their guidance in strategy and support as mentors. To all of you who support ICEA in driving reconciliation: we thank you.

It is a privilege to work towards building a future that we can all be proud of. A future that combines the beautiful elements of all cultures that call Australia home to create something new and wonderful.  We love every minute of it and we look forward to bringing more and more young Australians on board as we continue this movement towards mutual respect for all Australians. 

Please read on to catch up on some of our highlights from 2016. As always we are open to, and much appreciate, the opportunity to sit down and yarn about what we're doing, what your organisation, school or community are doing, or anything else that brings us closer to our shared vision. If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to email me at tom.joyner@iceafoundation.com.au

Thank you for a fantastic 2016. Let's continue to share our journeys, learn from one another, and find new ways of creating a brighter, more inclusive future for Australia. 

Tom Joyner,

Chief Executive Officer, ICEA

  • Supported the Bardi Jawi, Bardi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Ranger groups in their delivery of four cultural camps for high achieving students

  • More than 114 students on the Dampier Peninsula achieved over 85% attendance throughout the year

  • Hosted two young Bardi Oorany and two Nyul Nyul Rangers at the ICEA Yarn Camp and the ICEA Classic

  • Laid foundations with community stakeholders to roll out a School Holiday Program in 201

The Remote Communities program has had a great year with four trips to the Dampier Peninsula communities of Beagle Bay Lombadina/Djarindjin and One Arm Point! This year 415 students received prizes for achieving over 85% attendance during their school term. An amazing effort across all the schools and communities! An even bigger congrats to the 49 students across the year who made it to school every single day of the term! 

This year we’ve again worked alongside the Bardi Jawi, Bardi Oorany and Nyul Nyul rangers to help them deliver 2 cultural camps to those students achieving high attendance. These camps included collecting and recording seeds, visits to local waterways and even boat rides to nearby islands and all included passing on information from the rangers to the young students. Through working closely with the ranger groups in each of the communities, we’ve also seen some amazing growth in those young rangers becoming leaders within the program, as they’re taking the reigns on talking to the students and it’s been great to see their increased confidence in their roles. Some of this comes down to their involvement in the ICEA Yarn Camp in Perth in September and how that helped to develop and refine their skills. 

We’ve had a great year full of plenty adventures and new experiences for our ICEA vollies who have attended the trips, but we couldn’t do it without the help, support and guidance of the rangers, schools and community stakeholders. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead in 2017 for the RC program! Stay tuned!

Bella Kaiser, Remote Communities Coordinator

  • Employed the program's first full-time Program Manager, Anna Balston

  • Yarned to 1,050 high school students across Perth

  • We took Yarn to Scotch College, John XXIII College, Applecross SHS, Corpus Christi, Perth Modern, Christian Brothers’ College, Penrhos College, and Presbyterian Ladies’ College

  • 90% of student participants are more comfortable discussing issues that face us in reconciliation

  • 90% of student participants are more likely to speak up if they hear something racist

  • Yarned to 115 teachers at Good Start Early Learning, Teach for Australia and Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon

  • Established the Yarn Advisory Circle

  • Saw two of the first Aboriginal students to go through Yarn join the team as facilitators upon Year 12 Graduation

In 2016, we delivered our youth-to-youth reconciliation education program, Yarn, to over 1,050 students and 115 teachers. Yarn sews the seed for transformational change through a series of interactive and discussion-based activities that explore cultural identity, prejudice, racism and reconciliation. Passionate teachers who value intercultural understanding have been instrumental in the success of our program this year, inviting us into their classrooms to discuss big issues and have a lot of fun along the way. We took Yarn to Scotch College, John XXIII College, Applecross Senior High School, Corpus Christi, Perth Modern, Christian Brothers’ College, Penrhos College, and Presbyterian Ladies’ College, and are hoping to work with an even greater number of schools in other areas of Perth next year. Some of our most recent feedback indicates over 90% of these students are more comfortable discussing issues that face us in reconciliation, more confident in their knowledge of Aboriginal history and more likely to speak up if they hear racist jokes or comments.

A highlight for 2016 has been yarning with teachers from Good Start Early Learning, Teach for Australia and Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon to explore ways they can share Aboriginal culture and knowledge in their classrooms and foster a positive approach to reconciliation within their schools. As well as students and teachers, Yarn workshops were delivered to a number of organisations and we will be looking at offering more opportunities for the corporate sector to engage with Yarn next year.

This month saw two of the program’s first ever Aboriginal participants, who have recently graduated high school, take up the role of facilitator and we look forward to what they will bring to the program in 2017. Yarn would not be possible without the commitment and passion of our amazing team of facilitators who bring life to the program and use their stories to drive reconciliation. These young people can be very proud of the work they are doing in our community. I’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the members of our Yarn Advisory Circle for their support and guidance over the year as we continue to grow and develop the program.


Anna Balston, Yarn Program Manager.

  • Hosted the seventh annual ICEA Classic with our first ever Aboriginal Event Coordinator

  • Partnered with over 15 Aboriginal individuals and small business owners throughout the year

  • Engaged over 3,000 young Western Australians in cross-cultural events

  • 2016 Classic artwork, which features on all merchandise for the event, was designed for the first time by a young Wadjuk Noongar artist, Kyana Collard

  • A record number of 80 participants competed in the Classic Surf Comp, with an Under 13 girls comp drawing competitors for the first time in the history of the event

  • Partnered with Rock Scholars, Freestyle Now and Basketball WA to bring WA youth and their families the 'Wavelength' Battle of the Bands Competition, a free and open skating competition and the 'Mandi' Basketball Competition respectively, with some awesome prizes up for grabs

  • Attracted a record number of 85 volunteers who were on deck to be a part of the Classic Event Day

Throughout 2016 we hosted 3 Marja Series at North Cottesloe SLS. Each Marja Series has a strong focus on Noongar culture. The events would involve an aspect from the current Noongar season. Aspects of that season were then be turned into an activity.  
The Marja Series volunteer team meet every week to get creative and get proceedings of the event underway.

It's an experience for students from different schools to come down after school on a Friday afternoon and hang with your mates, learn and understand about culture as they listen to a live band play to the sun setting. 

In 2017 we are taking a different approach to the program and also a name change. ICEA is aiming to do 4 multi-location events in the Perth metro area and 1 event in a rural town within the Noongar region. The event will be styled by having a basketball and a battle-of-the-band competition. 

Allirra Winmar, 2015 Marja Series Coordinator.