Desleigh Dunnett

Company: Kookaburra Consulting Northern Territory

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Membership Type: Full Member

Member since: 2012-06-01

About Desleigh Dunnett

Desleigh Dunnett - Indigenous Research and Community Engagement, Darwin. Desleigh has been working in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory since commencing employment with Charles Darwin University (CDU) in 2002. She has worked in over 40 communities across the throughout the Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. Desleigh has also held other roles working with Indigenous Communities with Mission Australia and Darwin Regional Indigenous Advancement & CDEP (DRIACDEP). During her time with CDU, Desleigh has delivered Nationally Accredited Training from Vocational Education and Training (VET) packages including Horticulture, Rural Operations, Conservation and Land Management, Retail Services, Information Technology, Civil Construction - small plant and Driver Education. Along with the delivery of training, Desleigh also worked with the community to identify training needs and provide appropriate support from the specific training areas within the university. Developing resources for training programmes has also been a part of Desleigh's activities. With a focus on Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN), Desleigh has developed effective and appropriate resources for Driver Education, Retail Services and Community Services course work. The resources were both delivery and assessment tools specifically for Indigenous students in various communities with a range of Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) performance levels. Desleigh also has experience in Community Development through her position with DRIACDEP as the Community Development Officer where she worked closely with a number of community groups, family groups and individuals in setting up Aboriginal Corporations through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). A range of Visioning anOver the years of working with a and clan groups as well as community service providers Planning activities allowed the groups to determine appropriate governance strategies, strategic planning for future development of the organisation and their communities as well as assisting in setting up and strengthening networks to support ongoing growth of the organisations. Desleigh has developed excellent community engagement skills which have allowed her to build strong relationships and a broad network across Australia. Projects Desleigh has worked on include: - The Longitudinal Study of New Income Management Survey completed in the Northern Territory across Darwin, Palmerston, Humpty Doo and Batchelor and the Indigenous communities of Milingimbi, Gunbalanya and Ngukurr, Ntaria (Hermannsberg), Alice Springs, Ali Curung, Papunya, Haasts Bluff, and APY Lands. This study was also undertaken in Far North Queensland in the Cairns region. - The Community Engagement Police Officer Trial - Northern Territory. Commissioned by the Attorney-General's office and the NT Police, the evaluation was undertaken across 9 community locations in the NT including Groote Eylandt, Elcho Island, Wadeye, Ntaria (Hermannsberg), Yuendumu, Papunya, Ali Curung, Maningrida and Lajamanu. - The Community Safety and Wellbeing Research Survey. Part of the whole of government evaluation of the Northern Territory Response working with ARPNet as one of the consultancy groups commissioned by FaHCSIA to undertake quantitative and qualitative research in the communities of Ngukurr, Gunbalanya and Maningrida - The Territory Growth Towns: Economic Activities and Jobs survey. Commissioned by the Northern Territory Department of Business and Employment to establish a bench mark of economic development and employment opportunities across 13 communities in the Top End. The communities included: Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Nguiu, Gunbalanya, Yirrkala, Gapuwiyak, Wadeye, Angurugu, Umbakumba, Ramingining, Milingimbi, Galiwinku and Maningrida.


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