About Us

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

About Yalari

Since 2005, Yalari has been providing Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to receive a full boarding school scholarship for their entire secondary education.

We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians and for our nation. We are deeply committed to the ongoing success of our national program of scholarships, student support and post-school opportunities.

In 2020, we have over 200 students on Yalari scholarships nationally. We have an alumni group of 380 studying at universities, working or undertaking further training.

Yalari’s success is largely credited to the key elements and differentiators of our unique model and approach:

1. Choice and opportunity for students and their families encourages their engagement and commitment for a quality education.

2. Strength and Opportunity are fostered by Yalari, with each student, their family and school, enabling effective connections and communication.

3. One-on-one support is provided through our unique programs and processes including selection, transition, student support and personal development, post-school and alumni.

4. Strong partnerships with schools, sponsors, donors, volunteers and communities who share our values and embrace our partnership and support model.

It is only through the generosity and support of like-minded individuals, companies and organisations  that together, we are enacting positive future change through the education and empowerment of Indigenous children.

It takes a whole community to educate a child…

Help us create opportunities for Indigenous children
across Australia to reach their full potential.

How it all started...

Yalari was founded in 2005 by Indigenous educationalist Waverley Stanley, his wife Llew Mullins and a group of like-minded and generous people.

Waverley Stanley grew up in the town of Murgon, 300 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, and attended Murgon State School. It was at this school where his Grade 7 teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bishop, recognised Waverley’s potential and felt he deserved a chance for a brighter future. Mrs Bishop was instrumental in Waverley gaining a scholarship to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his high school education. It was this opportunity that started him on the Yalari journey.

Waverley acknowledges his future opportunities and success were shaped by the education he received. In recognition of this opportunity and the desire for Indigenous generational change, Yalari was founded Yalari in 2005 and the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship program was established.

Yalari identifies children who are doing well at primary school and gives them the opportunity to be educated at some of the best boarding schools throughout Australia. Through the gift of education, Yalari provides young Indigenous people with the ideas and skills to help them pursue their goals and dreams, whatever they may be.

Through unwavering vision and passion, Yalari is providing real educational opportunities for Indigenous children. Yalari is supported nationally by generous individuals, philanthropic foundations, companies, government and many fantastic volunteers.

‘Yalari’ is a word from the Birri Gubba Indigenous language group meaning ‘child’. Waverley was given permission to use ‘Yalari’ by the late Grandfather “Blokey” Wilson.

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Our Mission, Vision and Values


To educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.


To provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make a valuable contribution as Australians.

Core Values

Compassion, Openness, Respect, Resilience, Inclusiveness, Excellence.