Nahri is an Aboriginal independent non-for-profit consulting firm powered by the industry expertise and intellectual rigor and strength of some of Australia’s leading Aboriginal education, health, employment advisers, and business consultants. Established in 2000, we employ leading thinkers and specialists to provide independent policy analysis and advice to business and government concerning all aspects of Aboriginal affairs.
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 assessment across all stages of the indigenous policy making and business cycles. Our people have helped tackle some of the most challenging issues in indigenous education, business and community.
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. In 2000, 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. Through this success Paul spoke about this successful program at the TAFISA Conference at the World Expo in Germany. The Traditional Aboriginal Games program is now a national activity with the Australian Sports Commission and a prominent feature amongst communities across Australia.
In 2008, Paul wrote 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. He received a Prime Ministers personal commendation congratulating him on his work. Paul was also 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 has dealt exclusively with theAustralian corporate sector for the last 4 years, his clients included the top 15 companies on the ASX, this includes the finance, construction, mining & resources and legal sectors, plus other multi-national companies in Australia. Paul is a registered indigenous expert assessor on the panel with the Australian Institute of Health & Well Being in Canberra. 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 is currently the National Manager of the National Innovation Education Portal (NEIP) working with Education Qld and with universities and schools across Australia. Paul hasalso been a successful state and national manager for state and commonwealth programs for indigenous employment, business and training. He was also the Operations Manager for Queensland Linkup, which reunites families of the Stolen Generations.
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 believe we are grounded in learning about and understanding and embracing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people’s histories and recognising their place in shaping our collective futures for our Australian nation. We believe that true engagement and consultation paves the way for understanding and respect. Reconciliation is about acknowledging the past to better forge partnerships for the future. Nahri confirms that it is committed to respecting the traditional culture and heritage of the traditional first nations who continue to occupy the land upon which our businesses now stand. We also understand and recognise that our overarching objective is to break the cycle of poverty of our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and our 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.
The Nahri Performance team is dedicated to their passion and to the empowerment and self-determination 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.
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.