Ngukurr, NT

Clan: Daywurrwurr Gupapuyŋu

Ian Gumbula is a Yolŋu Elder who grew up on Elcho Island; the son of Djapani Gumbula. He is a qualified teacher and has worked extensively in education at Batchelor College, Ngukurr and Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island from 1975-1986.

Ian worked with ALPA Stores in Arnhem Land and Consultancy Stores as a Trainee Operations Manager and Relief Manager during 1987-1988 before moving back to Ngukurr to work with the Community Government Council as a CDEP Coordinator from 1989-1996.

Moving home to Galiwinku in 1997, Ian took on a role of Youth Worker before securing the Managers position with CDEP from 1998-2007, before Ngukurr again called on his experience to work for FaHCSIA as the Indigenous Engagement Officer (IEO) 2009-2014.

During 2014-2015 Ian Coordinated the Stronger Community for Children Program before running for the seat of Arnhem representing the Country Liberals Party.

Ian’s extensive knowledge of Indigenous people, culture and law is complimented by his ability to speak 16 dialects throughout Arnhem Land. His cultural responsibilities and knowledge make him influential when representing either private sector or Government Departments as a consultant.

Ian currently works as a researcher and lecturer at Charles Darwin University.

Ian is available for hire to represent as a consultant, negotiator, interpreter, facilitator, mediator, or cross cultural advisor assuring an ethical approach for his clients.

Contact Details – M: 0497 838 030 E:

See Ian Gumbula’s full CV: HERE

Research Projects and Reports

Research Presentations

Engaging Governance Workshop – Cultural Governance Presentation, 6th October, 2022

Engaging Governance Workshop – Indigenous Diplomacy Presentation, 6th October, 2022

Northern Institute People.Policy.Place Seminar – Clan Based Governance Model, 2020

Electoral Engagement Research Presentation, 2019

Other phoots and videos:

Vid 1. Ian Gumbula talks about his research consultancy business

Fig 1. Ian Gumbula at Stronger Communities for Children, Knowledge Sharing Meeting in Alice Springs 2017

Fig 2. Ian Gumbula at Stronger Communities for Children, Men’s Group Meeting in Alice Springs 2017

Fig 3. Ian Gumbula speaking with young women in Ngukurr ahead of a Youth Girls Camp at Namalawirri Outstation

Fig 4. Ian Gumbula teaching Yolngu Matha at Charles Darwin University, 2018

Fig 5. Working with elders, Traditional Owners, future foundation studies students and Macquarie University to develop the Bush University Hub concept