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Supporting Indigenous Youth in their goals for the future.

Our social mission

"Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have long standing scientific knowledge traditions. These traditions have developed knowledge about the world through observation using all the senses; through prediction and hypothesis; through testing (designing, making and appraising); and through making generalisations within specific contexts. These scientific methods have been practiced and transmitted from one generation to the next and contribute to particular ways of knowing the world that are unique as well as complementary to western scientific knowledge. The intergenerational transfer of these knowledges relies on cultural practices including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, story, ritual, dance and song."

Indigenous STEM Education Project, CSIRO, 2016
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Science

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Technology

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Engineering

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Mathematics

Australian Indigenous education has seen no change at the senior school level of mathematics, science and reading literacy as well as a continued lag in ATAR achievement over the last 10 years. With such a widening gap, many Indigenous students will be left behind and excluded from emerging opportunities in future STEM fields. Goanna are committed to work in collaboration with Government, Academia, Industry and partners to identify and support opportunities for Indigenous students now and into the future.

STEM careers will provide educational, economic and social sustainability and self-determination for Indigenous people – closing the gap in economic participation and, not only lifting the expectations of what can be achieved by Indigenous peoples, but, enabling us to play a role in creating our own shared future.

Goanna supports the following programs...

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What is the Goanna Solutions response to the problem? The Indigenous-owners of Goanna Solutions have developed a range of culturally appropriate pathways by which Indigenous people, communities & enterprises can:

Find Digital Support

Ensure that Indigenous Australians are aware of the opportunities available to them and provide support in their goals.

Become Active Users​

Encourage participation and growth of supportive communities in the digital landscape.​

Gain Digital Knowledge

Enable Indigenous Australians to reach their full potential through further education pathways.

Meet the Team

Corey Brown

Our Founder and CEO, is a Gamilaraay man from Coonabarabran. Corey brings expertise in partnership generation and negotiation, along with holistic project management capabilities that include recruitment, finance and governance. He has strong experience in small business support and growth, and drives the vision of Goanna Solutions to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic, social and cultural capacity building.

Matt Browne

A highly accomplished and experienced digital business leader. He’s held the role of Co-Founder & CEO of Donesafe, Co-Founder and Advisor to Whispli, Chief Investment Officer at Black Nova Group, Venture Partner & Investor at Antler, and Award-Winning Strategist in some of Australia’s most well-known companies.

Rebecca Halliday​

An Aboriginal woman with experience in managing complex strategic projects and programs, specialist experience in delivering successful inclusion engagement in STEM, Indigenous human resources and education, through senior executive positions within the Commonwealth Government and world-leading research intensive Australian universities. Board member of Goanna Group, Australian Institute of Company Directors members and holds current Negative Vetting security clearance.

Dave Theodorou

Has been working in the emerging technology space for the past eight years. His professional experience ranges from being the CEO of a full-service software development company to the CTO for numerous successful technology start-ups.

Liam Harte

A Dunghutti man, an award-winning advocate for Indigenous autonomy in both business and in health. Liam is an alumnus of the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW Business School, a Board member of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and board member of Goanna Group. Liam has worked alongside Nura Gili Indigenous student start-ups at UNSW and continues to mentor Indigenous businesses nationally.

Anthony Hollis

A lawyer by training, is an experienced executive having held senior executive roles in Australia and overseas with Katasi, Kronos, Time Warner, Canwest (former Network Ten owner), EY, PwC, in investment banking and early stage companies, as well as various board roles, including as a Board member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District (where he chairs the Research and Innovation board committee). Anthony was a founding Director of Supply Nation and works closely with Indigenous-owned Integrity Health & Safety.

Andy Vidler

Experienced in retail, investment banking, government and business services sectors. Andy has developed a passion for transformative digital business solutions – the power of transformation through technology has encouraged him to turn his focus to utilising those tools for Indigenous economic development. Completed a Master of Business Administration, holds a PMI ‘Project Management Professional’ designation, he is a PROSCI qualified Change Management Professional, he has earned from ISACA the ’Certified Information Security Manager’ certification, and he is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin Calitz

Chief Finance Officer, has been involved in the technology and startup space since 2011. Extensive experience in Commercial Law and Litigation while he also obtained a Masters in Professional Accounting. Kevin is a co-founder of Black Nova Group, a venture builder, which assists in the growth and development of startups by partnering with them and providing various levels of support through the Nebula Program.