About Us

About Excellence

About Inclusion

About Heritage

The Nahri Institute is a Supply Nation registered Aboriginal independent social enterprise consulting firm powered by the industry expertise and intellectual rigor and strength of some of Australia’s leading indigenous education, health, human resource, and business consultants. Established in 2000, we employ leading thinkers and specialists to provide independent policy analysis and advice to business, community and all levels of government concerning all aspects of indigenous affairs.

Our institute is designed to help encourage urban, regional and remote young indigenous young people to participate in all levels of employment, sport, healthy lifestyle choices and education. Our institute offers young indigenous people an opportunity to succeed. It addresses the barriers to training, employment, social justice and education through an innovative program designed to inspire, excite, educate and drive young people’s passion to achieve.

Our institute incorporates health, education and sport for indigenous youth through talent identification, development and high performance. This institute will drive excellence and impact on indigenous health, sport, education and related research. The Nahri Institute builds synergies among the dispersed health, sport and indigenous community units to achieve scale, innovation and effectiveness.

The Nahri Institute is a centre of best practice in indigenous service delivery provision and has the following five (5) focus areas:

  • Sport
  • Health
  • Education
  • Research
  • Indigenous Best Practice- Special Programs

Through our programs, the Nahri Institute aims to encourage Indigenous children to:

  • Persist in education
  • Participate in sport & recreation programs
  • Lead healthier lifestyles
  • Be proud of their culture and history
  • Be motivated to achieve goals
  • Reduce substance abuse
  • Positively employsuicide prevention behaviours and actions
  • Engage in improved school and community participation

We pride ourselves on delivering innovative solutions to our clients. Leaders in community, business and government trust our people to analyse complex issues and provide quality rigorous evaluation and assessment across all stages of the indigenous policy making and business cycles. Our people have helped tackle and continue to address some of the most challenging issues in indigenous education, business and community across Australia today.


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Paul Paulson (Dip. Teach, B. Ed, M.Ed.) is a Mununjali man from Beaudesert and a graduate from Queensland University of Technology and a master’s degree from Griffith University. Paul has been employed at Universities, TAFE’s and schools and as a manager for state and federal government department programs for over 25 years. Paul was an inaugural member of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body (QIECB), representing the Association of Independent Schools of Queensland (AISQ). Paul was instrumental in introducing the Traditional Aboriginal Games throughout Australia, with his success implementing through the Anglican Schools sector in Queensland.

Paul has authored a book titled Binanma-The Stolen Generations for Teachers to use as a teaching resource in Queensland schools to teach the next generation of Australian children about the history of the Stolen Generations. Paul has also worked as the Corporate Relationship Manager at Reconciliation Australia, which oversees the RAP program for the corporate sector, developing specific community plans for indigenous people across Australia.

Paul also presents at government, community and corporate forums and conferences, speaking on a range of diverse topics affecting Aboriginal Australians. Paul also has presented at state, federal and international government, community and corporate forums and conferences, speaking on a range of diverse topics affecting Aboriginal Australians. Paul also served as the National Manager of the National Innovation Education Portal (NEIP) working with Education Qld and with universities and schools across Australia. Paul was also the 1st Indigenous Teaching Fellow at the University of Canberra in 2016.

Paul continues to work exclusively with theAustralian corporate sector, his clients include companies on the ASX, this includes the finance, construction, mining & resources and legal sectors, plus other multi-national companies in Australia.

Our Vision

Performance can make a big difference to the success of any organisation. Nahri recognizes the importance and value of Aboriginal Australia’s culture and heritage as an essential core element of our national identity. We are grounded in learning about and understanding and embracing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people’s histories and recognising our place in shaping our collective futures for our Australian nation.

Our overarching objective is to break the cycle of transgenerational poverty of our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and new generations. Our reputation, integrity, high performance is what drives us, it also defines us. We believe the two foremost essentials driving our success are customer service and performance. Nahri is driven by creativity, directed by strategy, focused on performance and client satisfaction.

Our Philosophy

The Nahri Performance team is dedicated to collective passion and to the empowerment and self-determination and independence of Aboriginal people. We maintain a high level of commitment and excellence in performance in all of our endeavours. Nahri’s key operating principle is of experiential learning methods. This learning is one that promotes the idea that long term, sustainable change comes from experience. Whilst formal, traditional learning methods play an integral role in learning, individuals learn best through performing. This is our active approach to learning.

Community Programming

Focus Area: Community, Engagement and Communication

We continue to building new links and strengthening existing links. Our action increases the capacity of our workforces well as Aboriginal organisations and people that we will partner with to deliver our products and services. The success of Nahri has been built on a history of strong and long lasting relationships, which are built on mutual trust and transparency. Nahri encourages diversity within our business and importantly our customers. Our business highlight’s our ongoing relationship with the people of the communities who seek our services, specifically the traditional owners whose country where our businesses reside and operate. Our actions reflect and represent best practice with Aboriginal led solutions and collaborations.