Australian Training Works
Tony is a proud Gunggandji man whose traditional lands include the discrete Aboriginal community of Yarrabah. Tony also has strong family and cultural connections throughout Cape York.
Tony is a Co-Owner and Managing Director of Australian Training Works Group Pty Ltd (ATW).
Australian Training Works (ATW) is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated Queensland registered Group Training Organisation.
ATW and its group of companies specialise in providing training, employment, mentoring solutions and workforce development with a major focus on Indigenous related outcomes.
Tony has previously worked across the Queensland and Australian Governments for a combined total of 22 years. He has worked at an Executive Management level in both tiers of government where he has managed large organisational teams and has led effective workforce strategies through major periods of change. During this time Tony has mentored and supported staff, managed regional offices and held responsibility for programme expenditure within financial management guidelines.
Tony’s past experience has specifically focused on the areas of Indigenous employment and training, Indigenous economic development and social housing delivery. Whilst employed by the Queensland Government Tony was the Manager of the Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Education Program (AIHWEP). AIHWEP was the first nationally accredited certificate program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
Tony has had extensive experience in working on the ground with remote communities and has managed former Community Development Employment Program (CDEP). Tony is a Board Member of TRACQS Pty Ltd which is the Community Development (CDP) provider for the largest CDP site nationally.
Tony is also a member of GHD’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and has previously been Australia’s representative on the World Indigenous Business Network (WIBN).
Tony holds a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Tony also possesses a trade qualification as an Auto Electrician and has taught adult education programs in the TAFE and Correctional Services sectors. Through Tony’s experience he has a comprehensive understanding of apprenticeship and traineeship frameworks and is most familiar with the Vocational Education sector.