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CareerTrackers is a national purpose-driven organisation that supports pre-professional First Nations university students and links them with employers to participate in paid, multi-year internships. CareerTrackers students complete university with high marks, industry experience and bright futures.

Students perform their internships with sponsorship organisations, with the aim of converting from intern into full-time employee upon completion of their university degree. Over 80% of CareerTrackers students are in full-time employment within 3 months of completing their studies. In addition to creating lasting employment opportunities, we provide interns and their sponsoring organisations with year-round support to prepare students for success at university, and in their chosen professions and their communities.

Since 2009, we have been changing the face of corporate Australia. We have supported over 3000 internships, have an alumni of over 1000 strong First Nations professionals and are connected to a wide range of world-class employment and university partners.

We’re more than a program. We are committed to student success from the classroom to the board room. The support we provide and facilitate with our partners is a real game-changer – activating an amazing range of opportunities and accelerating careers in their chosen field.

We believe in success and opportunity for all First Nations students. We also believe First Nations people should have the opportunity and freedom to choose and be represented across all levels and in all occupations, industries and workplaces.

CareerTrackers is a non-profit charitable organisation and Supply Nation registered.

Our team

Taryn Marks

CEO

Carrie Sailor

Director, People & Engagement

Lisa Reardon

Director, National Partnerships

Malachi Murljacic (Kunja)

Manager, National Partnerships

Amelia Rees

Strategy & Insights Manager

Alkira Steinmann

Partnerships Advisor

Ramona Roy

Partnerships Advisor

Angela To

Finance Manager

Jenaya Ward

Executive Assistant

Hana Hardo

Senior Scholarships Coordinator

Hala Shakkour

Scholarships Coordinator

Ginny Jones

Creative Lead

Zelma Woodhead

HR Coordinator

Penny Wittenbaker

Digital Project Manager

Michael Macahilig

Developer

Ali Hameed

IT Coordinator

Jacob Jaksa

Business Analyst

NSW, ACT & WA

Heather Wortes

Program Manager

Maddy Towler Lovell

Team Lead – South

Maeve Mitchell

Team Lead – North

Olivia Maranesi

Senior Advisor

Nicky Padden

Senior Advisor

Ben Archer

Senior Advisor

Ella Rigney

Advisor

Alex Irwin

Advisor

Gary De Souza

Advisor

QLD & NT

Nikki Smith

Program Manager

Sasha Madden

Team Lead – QLD/NT

Maya Mansour

Advisor

Shakiah Brown

Advisor

Ta’Kura Madsen

Advisor

VIC, SA & TAS

Sarah Harvey

Team Lead – VIC/SA

Cameron McMurtrie

Advisor

High School

Ann-Maree Long

Program Manager – High School Programs

National Coordinator – Young First Nations Women in STEM Academy

Jorja Bell

Advisor – High School Programs

Our artwork

The Journey – Jordan Ardler

‘The Journey’ captures the CareerTrackers community, connection and partnerships on the way to career development. The three main symbols (top right, centre and bottom left), connected through a continuous line from symbol to symbol, represents the journey from study through to the workplace and starting successful careers. Each symbol is surrounded by figures, which embody the growth of support systems and relationships throughout the journey.

The figures become more energetic and diverse. This evolution represents growth in character, connections and involvement in life.

Our history

On October 29, 2009, CareerTrackers was born – a national non-profit with the goal of creating pathways and support systems for First Nations young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures.

Celebrating 15 years this year, hundreds of our participants have graduated from university. Each and every member of our Alumni community is employed in a professional role, with a median salary in their first year of $62,000. This year, our Alumni community will be made up of more than 1073 highly educated First Nations professionals.

The success of the program has been recognised by employers, governments and, most importantly, First Nations communities throughout Australia. CareerTrackers students complete university at higher rates than their non-First Nations peers, and over 80% of Alumni are in full-time employment in their field within three months of graduation.

The underpinning philosophy at CareerTrackers is ‘Students at the Core’. This means every decision we make in the delivery of the program focuses on the benefit to our students. We are proud to have built a community of CareerTrackers interns and Alumni that span thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households across Australia.

We see prosperous futures for our students and Alumni, who are quickly becoming leaders in their careers and communities.