Speakers Profile - Shane Phillips

CEO Tribal Warrior & Local Australian of the Year 2013

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"We have to create our own destiny and develop our own tools to do it."

Advocate for Aboriginal rights, Shane Phillips is a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is regarded as their voice on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody. He was named 2013 Local Hero in the 2013 Australia Day awards. An indigenous entrepreneur, Shane is the fulltime CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association, a non-profit organisation directed by Aboriginal people and Elders that offers training for employment and helps at the grassroots level with emergency relief for struggling families.

He also operates a mentoring program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to achieve their full potential. The concept is uncomplicated: it's about forming good habits, guiding by example, including everyone and acknowledging achievements.

Shane is also credited with improving the relationship between his community and the police. His biggest personal achievement is with the Clean Slate Without Prejudice Program that has been running since 2009.

The program is based around a morning boxing program run three days a week at the Eora Gym in Redfern. The Program is run in collaboration with the police, and since its inception the number of crimes committed by local youth has declined by 80 per cent. Born and raised in Redfern, Shane is an outstanding community leader, respected by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike for his integrity, hard work and determination to get things done.