Malachi Murljacic


Malachi Murljacic is a proud Kunja and Croatian man. His mob are from north-west NSW and south-west QLD, and although he was raised on the south-east coast (Yuin Nation) and in South Australia, his family come from Bourke NSW, a small remote community in the outback along the Barkaa river. He is currently based on Kaurna yarta (land) in South Australia, although he has itchy feet.

Malachi has lived, studied, and worked with, for and alongside international Indigenous peoples in Fiji, Turtle Island (Canada) and Asia in the area’s in Indigenous social entrepreneurship, international relations, and in international non-government organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme in Bangkok, Thailand (2019-20) as a New Colombo Plan scholar.

After the completion of his Bachelor of Business (Major in Entrepreneurial Management) with a focus on learning about Indigenous entrepreneurship, he commenced a career working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and programs at the National Indigenous Australians Agency, based on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra.

Malachi spends most of his spare time training or in the bush, walking, hiking, camping, traveling and riding mountain bikes.

You can find Malachi on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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