Cairns-run training program that empowers “deadly women” recognised in the queensland budget statement

June 19, 2023 /

The success of the “Deadly Women” program run by Cairns-based not- for-profit organisation, Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) has been acknowledged in the Queensland Government’s 2023 Budget Statement.

The Indigenous Women’s Leadership and Training Program, or the “Deadly Women Program” as it is more commonly known, is fostering the development and leadership potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in remote areas of Far North Queensland

RRRC’s remote training delivery partners INLOC ensure participants are supported throughout the training program, and mentored on presentation, creation of resumes, and plans for small businesses. At the end of the training, they achieve a nationally recongnised Certificate I in Workplace Skills and Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture).

Federally funded through the Department of Prime Minister and Women, the initiative also gained support under the Queensland Women’s Budget Statement 2023-24, with $15,000 being granted to the program from the Queensland Government’s Investing in Queensland Women initiative, to directly support the delivery in one of the remotest parts of Queensland, the Torres Strait.

One of the Torres Strait graduates, Georgina Dorante, is a notable success story of the program. Georgina has established a thriving small business operating a food van that caters to both locals and visitors on Kirriri (Hammond Island). Other program participants have gained newfound confidence and skills, empowering them to pursue their dreams and aspirations, including working in the thriving tourism and arts industries in the Torres Strait.

Women and girls are strongly encouraged to apply for the next round of the Deadly Women’s program, which will be held in Napranum in June & July and then in Cairns in late-July until mid-August. You can visit the website at to find out more information and apply.

The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre commends the Queensland Government for its recognition and support of the Deadly Women’s program and its commitment to supporting the advancement of Indigenous women.

Quotes attributable to Sheriden Morris, Managing Director of RRRC:

“This program represents our collective commitment to uplifting Indigenous women, empowering them to become influential leaders and change agents. By investing in their personal and professional development we are encouraging them to become leaders in their communities.”

Quotes attributable to Georgina Dorante, successful Deadly Women graduate:

“Today with all the knowledge I’ve taken on board, I am now a small business owner of a mobile food and drink cart called Kirr-Rock Munchies. I do thank INLOC for this program as it was well worth attending. I am very proud of my achievement, and I give a high clap for the ladies who delivered and mentored us through to the end.”

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