Mundanara Bayles

Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu on her father’s side. Mundanara grew up in Redfern NSW with her 8 sisters and moved to her father’s country in the early 90’s. Coming from a family that has been active in the Aboriginal movement since the 60s and 70s she continues to follow their example.

As a proud advocate for her people, she follows in her father’s footsteps and aims to make a positive contribution. Mundanara works both with the BlackCard, her community and organisation’s to share key learnings of Aboriginal culture and people. Mundanara’s philosophy is to ‘live and learn with our neighbours’. She has combined formal qualifications in Business, Media, Natural Medicine and Nutrition, with an inspiring career working in Aboriginal organisations in QLD and NSW. She is currently a board member at The Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School also known as The Murri School in Brisbane, where she herself graduated from some 20 years ago.

Mundanara is a recent graduate from Melbourne Business Schools “Murra – Indigenous Entrepreneurs program”. Over the years, Mundanara has worked in many organisations; from the Salvation Army Employment Plus, Busy at Work, the Child Support Agency, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, 98.9FM Radio, to her own business MLB Consultancy. At present Mundanara delivers Cultural Competence Training on a part time basis to Academic and Professional staff across QUT. Mundanara has grown from strength to strength and in that short time she has been recognised Internationally for her Teaching & Learning skills as she is now an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in the United Kingdom. Mundanara brings a wealth of practical and personal experience to the Managing Director role at the BlackCard where her drive, motivation and determination are essential elements to its success.

Managing Director and Co-Founder