To celebrate 2019 being the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Menzies Indigenous Capacity Building Unit (ICBU) was gifted the Larrakia name, Biyamarr ma, meaning Pandanus, by Larrakia Man Patj Patj, Janama, Robert Mills. To learn more about our Larrakia name, click here


Biyamarr ma visual representation

Artist Name: Mim (Meikim) Cole

Tribes: Larrakia (NT), Wardaman (NT), Karajarri (WA)

Category: Painting. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Size: 60.9cm x 60.9cm TITLE: Biyamarr ma

Story: This painting represents the beautiful pandanus plant also known as Biyamarr ma to the Larrakia people of Darwin Northern Territory Australia. The Biyamarr ma is an amazing plant that has helped our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes thrive for thousands of years due to its almost limitless uses such as food, medicine, craft objects and much more.

This plant provides us with a large supply of materials, it’s how they are put together and used that makes a world of difference. The creations of our tribal ancestors inspire us to get creative and innovative with what we have at hand in order to piece together solutions. Just like the innovative mindset of our ancestors the Biyamarr ma team strives to do the same. This is reflected in their unifying and solution-based principals focused on relationship building internally and externally, community engagement, the development and growth of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and much more.

The cross hatching in the painting is a representation of the binding and woven union within the Biyamarr ma team that work together to create a strong foundation for the work that is carried out. Similar to the well-known dilly bags (woven from Biyamarr ma) that are used to carry many things. The dots within the Biyamarr ma nut represents the many seeds that are planted by the endless ideas from the team and all who engage with them which grow to flourish and feed back into the team and the community.

Our team

Dr Sean Taylor
Deputy Director Indigenous Leadership and Engagement (DDILE)

Mark Mayo
Associate Deputy Director, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement (ADDILE) - Darwin

Vanessa Harris
Manager, Biyamarr ma

Lydia Agius
Project officer, Biyamarr ma

Diane Walker
Project officer, Biyamarr ma

Ashanti Berry
Business administration trainee, Biyamarr ma  

Contact us:

Contact Biyamarr ma via email or phone (08) 8946 8441.

Our Biyamarr ma team, through leadership and collaboration, work to sustain a culturally safe organisation, empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and maximise opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Biyamarr ma responsibilities are underpinned by the following Menzies strategic documents:

  1. Menzies 2021
  2. Menzies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy in final stage of approval
  3. Menzies Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020 - 2022

Responsibilities include:

  • Integrating people, systems, and platforms to maximise opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership across the organisation
  • Building and maintaining relationships, both internally and externally
  • Working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal community-controlled sector to advocate for research priorities
  • Strengthening our community engagement work using a community development approach
  • Playing a key role in developing, implementing, monitoring, reporting and evaluating of organisational strategies that relate to:
    • Growing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy
    • Menzies Innovate RAP 2020 - 2022
  • Ensure a safe environment where people can share and participate in the co-creation of knowledge.
Registrations of Interest are now open for our 2022 Menzies Biyamarr ma Traineeship Program
  • Click here to register
  • Registrations close 5pm Friday 3 December 2021
  • Traineeship essential criteria:
    • Successful completion of Year 12
    • Passion to learn more about health research
    • Commitment to work and study full-time
    • Commitment to learn and actively participate in program activities
    • Be a positive and reliable team member
    • Great communication skills
    • Proficient with literacy and numeracy
    • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Lydia on 08 8946 8414 or

The Menzies Biyamarr ma traineeship program provides an entry-level employment opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples located in Darwin, Northern Territory.

The traineeship program is undertaken through full-time employment for 12 months where the trainees complete a nationally recognised qualification at a Certificate III or IV level.

Qualifications on offer are:

*This offering is limited to specific work teams at Menzies – dependant on their clinical work responsibilities that align with the course competencies.

Trainees also complete a Certificate II in Community Health Research through Menzies and Charles Darwin University (CDU) as part of their traineeship. The trainees are placed in a project team at Menzies learning valuable on the job skills.

We host our trainees through our partner employer Group Training Northern Territory (GTNT) and CDU are the training provider for both of their qualifications. Upon completion, the trainees are guided and supported to transition into ongoing employment or further studies. 

We are proud to offer all trainees additional culturally appropriate programs and services by our Biyamarr ma team. Using an approach of the Four H’s – Head, Heart, Hands, Health, we have introduced a range of regular professional development activities for all our Biyamarr ma trainees.