At a recent morning meeting, the Darlings were joined by Dr Belinda Russon who spoke about her important work as the CEO of Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education & Training and her efforts in providing high quality education and vocational opportunities to Indigenous adults.

Established in 1957, Tranby is Australia’s oldest not-for-profit independent Indigenous education institution. They have been a pioneer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult education and an important hub of social action for decades. It offers units of competency, full VET qualifications and non-accredited skill development initiatives to Indigenous adults from across Australia. Courses at Tranby have changed over time from trades based skills to governance and legal advocacy. Most importantly, Tranby offers these qualifications in a unique, culturally supportive environment. Thousands of students have graduated from this iconic Indigenous organisation and returned to their communities empowered with newfound skills and a drive for excellence and determination.

Dr Russon gave the Darlings a look at Tranby’s successes in providing training and pathways to success for its students, their work with the Endeavour scholarships program and the challenges that COVID-19 and insecure funding have produced.

Tranby celebrates its 65th birthday next year, and will be marking the occasion with a number of events at their Glebe campus. To learn more about these events or Tranby itself, please visit their website at, or download the slides from Dr Russon’s presentation.