Dr Richard Walley OAM

Champion of Aboriginal culture

WAState RecipientSenior Australian of the Year2021

Dr Richard Walley guides people and organisations on their journey of reconciliation through cultural awareness. A champion of Wadjuk and Noongar people, he shares his profound knowledge of language, cultural practices and historic injustices – cultivating a deeper respect and recognition of Aboriginal culture.

Richard reinvigorated the practice of the modern-day Welcome To Country in Noongar Country, a ceremony that is now commonplace across Australia. He sits on multiple committees and is a consultant to both government and corporate agencies where he is engaged to provide cultural advice for major projects. Richard’s expertise is also sought out by the private sector to provide Welcome to Country, undertake cultural awareness training and advise on Indigenous affairs.

A musician, performer and artist, Richard’s designs adorn jerseys in the Indigenous rounds of sporting events. He is creatively involved with many local festivals and events.

Richard has received numerous honours including an Order of Australia, Honorary Doctorate, and WA Citizen Of The Year.