Wirrpanda – Bidi Waalitj


The Bidi Waalitj Project is collaborating with the West Coast Eagles Football Club and its corporate partners to place 110 Indigenous Participants from South Metropolitan Perth and nearby areas into culturally appropriate employment.

This initiative provides young people with the skills development and training relevant to their interests and goals as well as strategies to overcome barriers to gaining employment.

There are four phases in the program, Initiation, Skills development and Training, Employment and Post-Placement Support.

The training provided to the young Indigenous people includes:

  • a physical activity session;
  • work readiness presentations – including CV creation, interview skills, career expectations, professional development and money management; and
  • vocationally accredited Foundation Skills Package (Certificate I FSK10113).

The work readiness presentations are delivered by program mentors, potential employers, local community services and community role models. Young people also have access to a digital tool to encourage learning, using a mix of social media and online networking.

Young people in the program will gain relevant skills through accredited training or hands-on experience with local employers and will be place into full-time, part-time employment, or an apprenticeship or traineeship.

The Bidi Waalitj Project is for:

  • Indigenous young people aged 15-24 years.

Young people will be supported throughout the initiative for up to 12 months. Once employed they will continue to be mentored to ensure the sustainability of employment.


South Metropolitan Perth region.

Initiative Period

30 June 2017 to 29 June 2019.



Visit the Wirrpanda Foundation website.