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Qualifications and Awards

I am currently undertaking an MBA with RMIT University

2011 Finalist in the Ethnic Business Awards - Indigenous Business Category 
2008 Participation in the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit (April 2008)
2008 Governance Training - AAV - DPCD Leadership and Capacity Building program
2006 Deakin Community Australia Day Award
2005 Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
2005 Koori Children’s Court Training Program (Department of Justice Victoria)
2005 Community Person of the Year Award - NAIDOC Committee Award
2005 Fellow, Williamson Community Leadershiip Program, Leadership Victoria
1997 Young Achiever Award - ATSIC Indigenous Women’s Award
1988 Certificate in Office and Business Administration, Swinburne University

Hello and Welcome

I’m Karen, a proud Victorian Yorta Yorta woman, born and raised in Melbourne. I own and have operated Karen Milward Consulting Services since 2004.

I have extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at grass roots and organisational levels and up to peak body representative level. I regularly undertake complex projects commissioned by government departments and their agencies. This involves assisting those who have lead responsibility for policy and program development and service delivery impacting on Aboriginal communities.

How I work

I work closely with clients to deliver their vision using a collaborative framework to identify and develop the best approach. I will provide solutions that suit the unique needs of your project.

Although I am based in Melbourne, my work takes me all over Australia, and I am happy to consult with you on your out-of-state project. If you’d like to find out more about my experience, please take a moment to look at my projects.

My blog is also a great resource for information about what is happening currently in Aboriginal communities.

My fees for consultancy, training and facilitation work vary according to the type of project required. If you would like more details on the process, or would like to discuss your particular project, please contact me.


I have extensive networks across Australia at all levels within government and strong connections with Indigenous communites. I also have contacts with organisations across a broad range of initiatives across Australia - especially those targeting Indigenous communites.

I have held senior policy and program management positions in Government and have been working and consulting in Aboriginal Affairs for over 20 years.

Some other little facts

  • I believe in empowering people
  • I enjoy developing and progressing Aboriginal organisations to meet the needs of the community
  • I want to assist you to develop culturally appropriate solutions that meet your needs and the needs and aspirations of the Aboriginal community
  • I enjoy providing assistance to businesses and groups across Australia on a topic that is so close to my heart.
  • I currently live in Melbourne with my husband, Steve, and my three children