Emma joined the ALPA team in 2015 as an Employment Services Co-ordinator before being appointed as the Community Development Program Manager in 2017. Emma’s passion and dedication to improving service delivery and employment outcomes in Arnhem Land has seen her recognised in this year’s Telstra Women’s Awards as a finalist.

As Community Development Program Manager Emma heads the following in her role;


• Manages a team of 175 ALPA Managers and Supervisors (80 percent Indigenous).
• Oversees 10 Arnhem Land locations and 40 homelands with CDP delivery.
• Is responsible for more than 2500 Community Development Program Participants to date.
• Since July 2019, Emma and her team have successfully supported 255 participants into employment.
Emma says the recent announcement came as a big surprise to her, “I was shocked but excited to know that I was nominated for such an award. I am incredibly passionate about making and supporting positive change in communities and it was humbling to know I had inspired someone enough to take the time to recognise my work”.

Emma is also studying a master’s degree in Human Rights at Curtin University and says she has a vision that one day employment programs will focus on more meaningful community and economic development where individuals are able to make self-determined and empowered choices about their future.

Emma is one of three Northern Terriotry finalists in the Emerging Leader category. “It’s an honour to be shortlisted amongst women that I know and admire for their skills in business and particularly Indigenous Affairs. ALPA has given me an incredible platform to develop
my leadership and business skills in a cross-cultural environment”.

ALPA is a not for profit Indigenous Corporation providing economic independence in Arnhem Land through Retail Services, Business Enterprise and Community Service Delivery.