2023 First Nations Trainee of the Year Award Winners

2023 First Nations Trainee of the Year Award Winners

It’s time to give a big shoutout to the incredible Class of 2023 and their inspiring achievements.

These First Nations trainees have conquered the challenges, rocked their on-the-job experience, and emerged as winners in their fields. It’s an honour to acknowledge their hard work and dedication as they receive their well-deserved qualifications and gear up for exciting new adventures.

The graduation ceremonies around the country this year were off the charts! Where so many Trainees attended.

Their host employers, colleagues, and loved ones were there, cheering them on and sometimes shedding tears of joy. It was a moment of triumph, where all their efforts were recognised and celebrated.

These graduation ceremonies were held in person, and it was about time! After the rollercoaster ride we’ve all been through, seeing everyone gather together to commemorate this milestone was truly heartwarming.

We owe a huge thanks to the employers who believe in the power of investing in the next generation, giving trainees the opportunities they need to thrive in their chosen fields.

Speaking of thanks, let’s give a massive shoutout to all the folks who made this year’s graduation ceremonies a smashing success.

The main sponsor of the First Nations Trainee of the Year Award for all states was ANZ. These legends stepped up and made sure this recognition was on point. Their support and investment in First Nations talent prove that they’re all about creating an inclusive society. Hats off to ANZ for championing diversity and making a real difference!

Looking ahead, the future is shining bright for the Class of 2023. Whether they choose to hit the books or dive headfirst into the professional world, these graduates have got the skills and the passion to make things happen. We’re stoked to see what they’ll achieve next.

So, to all the amazing graduates out there, we raise our glasses to you. You’ve shown us what dedication, resilience, and a whole lot of grit can accomplish. As we celebrate Reconciliation Week, let’s give a standing ovation to these phenomenal First Nations trainees who are paving the way for the next generations. Congrats!

First Nations Trainee of the Year (by State)


Zac Doran, Sport & Admin Trainee at MacKillop Catholic College, Tasmania.

Thursday, 2nd March, Ricky Ponting Room at Blundstone Arena

“Winning the first nations trainee of the year award for Tas means the world to me. It has been a really fun year and I have learnt so much throughout my traineeship.”

Western Australia

Ethyn Kane, Sports Trainee, City of Swan

Thursday, 9th March, at the Claremont Football Club in Western Australia.

Ethyn’s host employer, Tracey Nelson, from Swan Active said “Ethyn is reliable and honest and has created great rapport with patrons and fellow staff members. He has a warm and open personality that has shone throughout his traineeship.”

“He has made a positive difference to our Swan Active team, with his calm nature and can do attitude.”

New South Wales/ ACT

Elijah Duke, Development Trainee, Basketball ACT

Thursday, 16th March, Barnet Long Room at Customs House

“By completing a traineeship I have gained real experience and have had the opportunity to connect with the community – especially other young people.”

“AFL SportsReady traineeships are a great opportunity to get a head-start on a career, especially if you find something you love like I have.”


Maxwell Kooreman, Customer Service, Kmart (SBT)

Thursday, 23rd March, Platinum Room at the Queensland Cricketers Club

“During my time at Kmart it has given me life experience that I have taken into my current career. I am definitely so much more confident since completing my traineeship.

“I had no idea I was going to win a trainee award, but I really appreciate the acknowledgement of my success in completing my traineeship.”

South Australia

Louisa Wilton, Medical Records Officer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Thursday, 30th March, Courtside Room at The Drive

Louisa’s host employer, Raechelle Marshall, from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, told us that “Louisa has been on an incredible personal journey since commencing her traineeship.”

“We had the pleasure of seeing Louisa thrive in the role and grow into a confident young woman, who is now engaged with her colleagues and managers.” – Said Louisa’s Host Employer

Layla Boseley, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative


Layla Boseley, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

Friday, 14th April, Medallion Club, Marvel Stadium

“I wasn’t expecting anything at the end of the traineeship, it was such a shock standing on the stage receiving the award. I felt that everyone who supported me along the way should’ve been there with me, as they were the ones who guided and inspired me – I wouldn’t of been standing there without them.”

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