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Mundanara Bayles

Managing Director of BlackCard, Founder of BlakCast Podcast Network


Mundanara Bayles, with cultural heritage connected to the Wonnarua, Bunjalung, Birri-Gubba, and Gungalu peoples, grew up in Redfern, NSW. She has over 20 years of experience working for Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, including the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Mundanara is an advocate for her community, recognized internationally for her teaching skills and currently studying a Masters of Indigenous Business Leadership at Monash University. She co-founded BlackCard Pty Ltd, a 100% Aboriginal-owned business, providing cultural capability training and consultancy services.

What is the #1 question you get asked the most; and what is your answer?

Q: Am I a full Aboriginal or half Aboriginal - because I don't look like people that live in the Northern Territory.

A: I was born in Redfern in an Aboriginal Community. My mum and dad are both Aboriginal, so I only identify as Aboriginal. 

List 3 key takeaways of working with you:

I support people to work effectively with First Nations Peoples, Businesses and Communities in a number of ways:

  1. Understanding Cultural protocols when engaging with First Nations People
  2. Building Relationships guided by ATR
  3. Understanding correct terminology when in engaging with First Nations Peoples 

List 3 of your key achievements:
1. 2023 Supply Nation Indigenous Business Woman of the Year

2. 2023 Indigenous Podcaster of the Year - Australian Podcast Awards

3. First Indigenous Podcaster signed to iHeart Radio “Black Magic Woman Podcast”. Launched in Partnership with iHeart a BlakCast Podcast network in 2023 

4. Graduating from Monash Business School in September 2024 with a Grad Cert in Indigenous Business Leadership

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