Shane Phillips

Shane Phillips

Shane Phillips

2013 Australia's Local Hero |
Indigenous leader


22 / Jan / 1965
New South Wales

Shane is an Advocate for Aboriginal rights and a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal Community. Born and raised in Redfern, he has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Bidjigal peoples. He is the full-time CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association. He also operates a mentoring program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. In 1993 Shane established the Redfern Aboriginal Corporation (RAC). His achievements and participation in community service are outstanding and were recognised in April 2008 when he was an invited participant in Prime Minister Rudd’s 2020 Summit. Shane is a Life Member and Coach of the Redfern All Blacks Under 14s rugby league team, a Member of the National Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the Gilbert & Tobin Reconciliation Planning Team, the National Aboriginal Alliance, and the Quarantine Station Community Committee, and is a founding Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Director of the Redfern Foundation.

The focus of my work and my life is to empower people - whether Indigenous or not - to take responsibility for their lives. I believe that providing people with opportunities for training and employment enables them to become self-sufficient, find the best in themselves and contribute to a better life for everyone.

I was born and raised on "The Block" in Redfern in inner city Sydney and I value my connection with the people, the Elders and the history of this vibrant community. Creating commercial ventures that benefit the area is a challenge I really enjoy. It's great when we get governments and corporates working together to develop successful and sustainable enterprises.

For me, there is real joy and satisfaction in engaging with people, guiding and advising where I can, and helping to connect the activities of everyone who's working to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians. I welcome all enquiries from anyone who either needs help, or who can help me to make a lasting difference.


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