Career Pathways

Since our inception in 2010, Starwin has chosen to use our profits, for purpose. To create community change, we collaborate with community leaders to design and deliver innovative career pathways initiatives, support women and young leaders, to do what they love, on the country they love - and we use our voices on social media to share their stories. 

If you would like support to design your own career pathways initiative, please get in touch. 

Our current initiatives include: 

Artists in Residence

Since 2017, Starwin grew our Career Pathways initiatives by offering local artists the opportunity to hold space and access mentoring to grow their artistry and develop their enterprise. Find out more here

Higher Attire for Young Stars

Established in 2017 we gift dresses to support young women celebrating their success. Find out more here

Tiwi Youth Girls Leadership Program

Since 2016 we have partnered with Australian Defence Force to provide a Workforce Mentoring Program for 10 young Tiwi women annually to take part in an annual camp program involving a Defence experience and Football carnival. Find out more here.

Women's Business Circles

These circles are designed to provide opportunity for our Makers & Kreators to lead creative sessions for women in business, taking time to be mindful, together. Our goal is to improve the wellbeing of women we work with and promote economic development for women in enterprise in the NT. Find out more here

Previous initiatives include: 

1 Step 2 Star

A program founded on 1 September 2011 to honour the late Maurice Rioli. In collaboration with The Cricket and Football Shop, the initiative gifted over 100 pairs of sports shoes to young aspiring stars. 

Back to Work, FNQ 

Our shopfront in Port Douglas was proud to be a part of the Back to Work initiative in collaboration with NEATO and supported by Queensland Government. Find out more here.

BC+ Building Collective Confidence

Participants worked alongside us to co-design a new wave of support for community enterprises starting out and/or seeking confidence to creatively share their stories in digital space. Find out more here

Cape York Girl Academy

In term 4 of 2019 we launched a collaboration with Cape York Girl Academy in Wangetti to host senior girls on work experience as part of their Duke of Edingburgh program. Find out more here.

Gurrung Sports Festival 

From 2015-2018 in collaboration with Boots for All we provided on site support and offered prize kits for winning teams so that young people could continue to actively participate in sport and recreation opportunities back home in their communities.  

Indigenous Mentoring

Launching in 2019 our "Each One, Teach One" approach to mentoring will be a new way of working for us, in theme with our goal to collaborate with community leaders to create community change. Find out more here.

Mumpreneur Morning Teas

In 2018 we started up a series of Mumpreneur Morning Teas to support mums in business. Find out more here

Rising Tahs

In 2018 we have committed to sponsoring the Rising Tahs program at Waratah Football Club. The program focuses on developing football, life and leadership skills with young women aspiring to play football at the highest level. 

Over 10 young Tiwi women played U15s, U18s and Womens Premier League for the club and this has grown again in 2019.

Starwin Management

A partnership with Blue Rock Sports to provide sports management services for aspiring AFL footballers


Founded in 2011 in collaboration with Hoops for Health and Intensity Sports Magazine and later Red Dust, we coordinated five TalentEd camps over the years for young people to achieve a sports mentoring certification and complete our champions-change-community curriculum. 

Tapalinga Award

In 2014 in collaboration with Diamond Creek Football Club we awarded two young Tiwi women the chance to participate in our Diamonds from Dust program. 

Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls program

Founded in 2013, we established a program for U15s young women, and then went on to add an U18s team. The girls took part in the NTFL, taking out four premierships and remaining undefeated for the flag when Starwin led the program. But it was designed first and foremost to enable young women to complete their schooling and access peer support and life skills education from our volunteers. 

Work Experience

We have worked with Tiwi College, Xavier Catholic College, St Johns College and The Smith Family to provide formal experiential opportunities and we also have many young people come and volunteer with us at our shopfront and events across the NT.

Since our inception we have had over 100 young people volunteer in some capacity at our shop, leading our programs and helping us at festivals and events.

Around 90% of our Starwin volunteers & work experience students identify as Indigenous. We are always looking for partnerships to help facilitate more formal training initiatives for the students and volunteers who love to work with us.

“The Smith Family children’s charity has been running the Experiential Mentoring program since 2007. The work experience program supports students from remote communities to experience new environments, meet new people and expand their sense of what’s possible. Starwin Management has been a valued partner in this program regularly hosting students and mentoring them in areas such as business administration and sports management. Our students learn valuable skills and always enjoy their time there.”

Elissa Shuey, Senior Program Coordinator, The Smith Family

“Dear Karina, I have know you before, but this week you also got to know me. You are a great woman, always there to help anyone, even when other things are on your mind. I appreciate all the training you’ve given me and thank you for the opportunities. Hopefully next work experience I’ll come back.”
Dellarosa Puruntatameri, Tiwi College, November, 2014 




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