Edwin Mimi is a Director, Community Involvement Solutions (CIS). Edwin holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, and is currently Cultural Heritage Field Supervisor at Aurecon. Edwin is also Chief Ambassador at Bullroarers Australia, an Indigenous Veteran-owned non-profit organisation ‘closing the gap’ by providing meaningful employment pathways for Indigenous Australians. Edwin has also held the following roles:
- Training and Development Coordinator – Lockforce WA.
- Indigenous Engagement Manager – Government Contract, PNG.
- 23 years with the Australian Defence Force.
A proud Wakka Wakka man, Edwin was born and raised in Gayndah, QLD. After completing Year 12, Edwin joined the Australian Defence Force. He worked for over 24 years in the Army and progressed through the ranks from Private to Warrant Officer Class Two. During this time, Edwin held several positions involving management, recruitment, development and training of personnel.
Edwin developed programs in the Australian Defence Force to assist Indigenous youth to improve their employment opportunities through education, training and mentoring. Edwin engaged state/ territory and federal stakeholders to implement the Indigenous Employment Development Course (IEDC) nationally. Edwin has also worked with Tier 1 business to develop, promote and embed the Indigenous Employment Strategy (IES), including Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) and Traditional Owner engagement. Edwin was awarded:
- Active Australian Service Medal with Somalia, East Timor and Iraq Bar.
- Australian Service Medal with East Timor Bar.
- Defence Long Service Medal.
- Australian Defence Medal.
Edwin’s passions are: empowering Indigenous young people to be proud of their identity; providing Indigenous children with the ability to grow up strong in mind, body and spirit; educating Indigenous young people to build strong community leaders and assisting Indigenous youth in improving their employment. opportunities.