Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs

Paul Walker

Paul Walker was born in north-west Queensland in the small town of Cloncurry.

Like many Indigenous people he comes from a huge family and is a descendant of the Waanyi people of Lawn Hill in the Gulf of the Carpentaria on his mother's side of the family.

Growing up, Paul had an unsettled home-life that led to attendance at many primary schools, including seven high schools (three during year twelve).

After school Paul joined the army, was employed as a customs officer and afterwards entered the training and employment industry.

Over a number of years he worked as an employment consultant, a trainer, a facilitator, a supervisor and team leader.

Paul has worked in both Indigenous and mainstream positions in Far North Queensland including Cairns, Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands and interstate in Sydney and the Northern Territory.

"The reason I like to work in this field is because I get to help people change their lives through training and employment opportunities for the better," Paul said.

"I wanted to bring the old teacher aide roles from school into the adult learning space.

"This is when I formed Northern Strategies."

Northern Strategies Pty Ltd (NS) is a Cairns-based company Paul founded in 2010 as the General Manager and in partnership with Samantha Dingwall his Managing Director.

Paul developed the company's training and employment services to address the need for improved Vocational, Employment and Training (VET) engagement, delivery and completion rates, including employment support and sustainability for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The company has since grown and continues to enhance services and professional development as qualified trainers, specialising in:

  • Mentoring and tutoring support
  • Program development and implementation
  • Project management and coordination
  • Indigenous and remote consultancy

NS is the first Cairns based certified supplier business to the Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council (AIMSC) as a 100% Aboriginal owned and managed enterprise.

They are also partners of the ADVANCE Cairns' Business Enterprise Centre and Queensland TAFE's Tropical North Queensland Institute.