Identifies and develops Indigenous talent for the Australian community



Identifying exceptional Indigenous talent and/or potential in the Western Australian Indigenous arts community.
Give Indigenous youth the tools and contacts to excel their talents and art form on a national and international level, creating further professional Indigenous musicians, actors, dancers, film makers and production crew from Western Australia.

We proactively engage and develop our program participants to create and enable the talent needed to drive success for themselves.

"Our programs and activities search and identify talent, passion for the arts and provide education and training pathways for the talented. To support these pathways we undertake Roadshows, Educational programs, Mentoring opportunities and provide Scholarships and Grants."


Assist Indigenous youth with a talent and passion for the arts to:

• gain an education in the arts;
• achieve artistic excellence;
• develop skills and experience for their empowerment, career pathways and capacity building;
• break down barriers for artists and audience; and
• develop networks through the arts. 



Programs and workshops will be held within various communities across WA with Mentors on the day of, before, or following the Road Festival Concert.
Mentors will coordinate a number of sessions to introduce youth to each different field of the arts.


While the programs and workshops are taking place, the Mentors will recognise exceptional talent and identify youth who are very keen to pursue their chosen profession in: Singing, Acting, Dance, Music, Sound Engineering, Lighting, Set Design, Film Making and Costume.
Programs will also be run with children with disabilities to provide opportunities for Indigenous children with disabilities to engage with and participate in the arts. 


About Us

Phil Walleystack Indigenous Arts Foundation Limited
ABN 90 646 514 641
ACN 646 514 641 

Registered on the Register of Cultural Organisations to receive tax deductible donations on
6 July 2021. 

Registered Charity on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) since 18 December 2020

Board of Directors

Dr Rishelle Hume AM

Diversity and Inclusion Business Advisor Eurasia Pacific with the Chevron Corporate Office Global Diversity, Inclusion and Ombuds.
A proud Noongar Woman with traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Boodja peoples and a proud mother of 3 children. She is also the direct descendent and granddaughter of the highly respected Noongar Wadjuk Elders, Mr Patrick and Ms Lorna Hume who spent their lives tirelessly promoting Aboriginal Rights and his Noongar culture. Following in her grandparent’s footsteps, she has successfully and inspirationally devoted her working life to the advancement of Aboriginal people and the Noongar culture. Rishelle has 27 years’ plus experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, justice and health and is actively involved in the Aboriginal community within the Perth region. Rishelle’s awards include: 2016 Western Australian of the Year Award - Aboriginal Category Winner; 2017 Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence (Hall of Fame) Achievers Category; 2018 Little Athletics WA, WA Roll of Excellence in the Achievers Category; 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list Member of the Order of Australia AM division; 2019 inducted to WA Women’s Hall of Fame for service to the Aboriginal community; 2019 honorary award of Doctor of the University of ECU; 2020 Outstanding Women in Resources Industry, WA Chamber of Minerals Energy; 2020 Most Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award, Indigenous Emerging Business Forum. 

Ernie Dingo AM

Ernie Dingo has earned enormous respect as a performer capable of extraordinary versatility. His talents as an actor, television host, reporter and comedian have made him one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. Ernie is a passionate advocate for his people and is vigilant about the portrayal of Aboriginal people in film and television. He has won numerous awards and accolades and in 1997 was declared one of Australia’s Top 100 “national living treasures”. In 1990, Ernie was awarded the General Division of the Order of Australia by Her Majesty the Queen. In 1994, he was voted “Aboriginal of the Year” by the NAIDOC Committee and “Personality of the Year” by the Australian Caption Centre. In 2004 he was again recognised for his work when he was awarded the Deadly Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television’. He was awarded the 1999 People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite TV presenter’
His film, theatre and television credits are extensive, and include but certainly not limited to the following: film: The Fringe Dwellers (1985), Tudawali (1987), Crocodile Dundee II (1987), and Bran Nue Dae (2009); television: ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’, ‘Mystery Road’, Redfern Now, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, ‘Fast Forward’, ’The Great Outdoors’; Theatre: Bran Nue Dae, Jack Davis Dreamers, Waltzing the Wilarra.

Mr Phillip Walley-Stack - CEO

Singer-songwriter Phil Walley-Stack is an accomplished performing artist, musician and author. Phil has performed in the USA, Middle East, Germany, France, China, Indonesia and Malaysia. His ultimate goal is to take his style of music and dance to the world stage through Broadway style productions that showcase Nyoongar and Aboriginal culture.
 Phil is also a presenter and cultural advisor for the popular NITV series Aussie Bush Tales and a broadcaster. He has also co-authored a book "Rocky and Louie" published by Penguin Australia and created “Jinda”, the first Aboriginal designed luxury sleepwear.
   An ambassador for arts in Western Australia, Phil was a finalist in the 2017 West Australian of the Year Awards (WAOTYA) for services to the Aboriginal community, and a finalist in the 2018 WAOTYA in the Arts and Culture Category. 

Mr Bradley Hall

Bradley Hall is a Nyiyaparli man who grew up in Marble Bar and Yandeyarra Community with a passion for getting more community driven programs and projects off the ground and helping out the mob where he can, and has spent the last decade setting up and sustaining businesses that now make a positive impact on Nyiyaparli Country.
Bradley owns and manages Coongan Pty Ltd, Red Country Management Pty Ltd and Nana D Technologies Pty Ltd.
Bradley is also currently a Director of Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation. In his spare time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and is often seen touring around Australia with his band playing good old country music!

Krista Dunstan

Krista is a Noongar woman from the south-west of WA and grew up in Esperance. Krista has a strong background in strategic stakeholder engagement, policy development and project management and implementation, particularly in Crown land activation, regional economic development and across the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio. Prior to entering the Western Australian public service, Krista practised as a lawyer in corporate and commercial law, contract negotiation and dispute resolution, specialising in the resources and construction industries. Krista has a Bachelor of Laws and is studying a Master of International Relations and a Master of International Law at The University of Western Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of Celebrate WA, and Richmond Wellbeing, and an Advisory Council member for the Noongar Charitable Trust. Ms Dunstan is also a reservist Specialist Capability Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Hon Ken Wyatt


Our Story

Phil uses his profile to create opportunities for Aboriginal people, and to motivate and inspire Aboriginal people to be strong culturally and mentally.

Phil’s touring schedule has enabled him to travel throughout regional and remote WA and to see first hand the natural musical and artistic talent of Aboriginal kids. Studying at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Academy (NAISDA) gave Phil a good foundation to make a career in the performing arts.

He was then fortunate in his professional career to have been surrounded by a network of industry leaders and mentors. This enabled Phil to realise the business of show business early on in his career and the importance of knowing the industry. As a result of these experiences - and seeing so much talent but very few opportunities - Phil envisioned an Indigenous Arts Foundation to help Aboriginal kids to harness their artistic talents and to see and reach their dreams.

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