Empowering Julia's Dreams

From the classrooms of St Hilda’s School to the corridors of diplomacy around the world, Julia Malamoo’s journey is a testament to the power of dedicated support and visionary education. Her early years, supported by a Yalari scholarship, laid the groundwork for a career that transcends continents and cultures, leading her to impactful diplomatic roles across the globe.

Julia’s academic skill was evident from the start, as she was dux of her primary school, then skipped her first year of high school in NSW to join St Hilda’s on the Gold Coast at Year 8. At St Hilda’s, she immersed herself in subjects like physics, engineering, and robotics—critical stepping stones towards her initial dream of aviation. The facilities and opportunities at St Hilda’s not only catered to her academic interests but also bolstered her confidence and broadened her horizons. “It’s really great,” Julia remarked during her time at the school, highlighting the diverse and supportive environment that shaped her early academic life.

Julia in year 9, aged 14.

Yalari, established in 2006, has been pivotal in providing educational pathways for Indigenous students like Julia, offering them the tools and opportunities to succeed. Waverley Stanley, founder of Yalari, emphasises the boundless possibilities that education can offer. Julia’s journey illustrates the profound impact of Yalari’s support, enhancing her educational experience and connecting her with a broader network of possibilities.

Julia’s career path includes substantial international experience. Her technical role with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has taken her to diverse locations such as Egypt, Hawaii, Tehran, France, Samoa, New Caledonia, Austria, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, and an eight-month assignment at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea. These experiences have enriched her understanding of global dynamics, making her a valuable asset in her current role.

Today, Julia stands as a beacon of achievement and leadership, holding the role of First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Thailand. Since February 2024, she has been instrumental in her diplomatic position, representing Australian interests with distinction and bringing her unique perspective and skills to the global stage.

The influence of Yalari’s support continues to resonate in Julia’s career. Her story is a powerful reminder of how targeted educational initiatives can empower individuals to achieve greatness far beyond their initial aspirations. Julia’s progression from aspiring pilot to diplomatic leader reflects the dynamic adaptability and resilience instilled through her early educational experiences.

Julia’s story is more than just an individual success; it is a call to action. Her achievements underline the importance of supporting educational initiatives like Yalari that provide life-changing opportunities for Indigenous youth.

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