The Puuya Foundation works to nurture, develop and empower everyday community leaders of Lockhart River. Photo by Russell Shakespeare.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2018-2019


TFFF supports initiatives that improve the wellbeing of communities, redress isolation through inclusion and connectedness, and build the capacity of communities to cope with challenging circumstances.

The figures in the infographics below refer only to new funding approved in the 2018/19 financial year. Prior to the 2017/18 financial year,  these figures referred to both new and ongoing approvals.


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Outback Futures Spotlight

TFFF’s partnership with Outback Futures is based on a mutual understanding of the unique challenges affecting outback communities, like distance and inadequate service provision, which is compounded by a reticence towards seeking help.

TFFF provides capacity support for several key roles at Outback Futures and this underpins their unique model of mental and allied health support for families in rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland.

Outback Futures’ community facilitation model applies a long-term, strategic approach to suicide prevention by educating, supporting and better equipping people to identify, value and advocate for their own mental health and wellbeing. Implementation of the model involves a combination of multi-disciplinary, face-to-face clinics and readily-available, consistent tele-health support.

Outback Futures is guided by a well-informed bush agenda which has genuine community engagement and local ownership as its foundational priorities. This strategic and nimble organisational model has evolved organically over many years of work within rural communities.

Support from the TFFF has empowered Outback Futures to engage strategically with communities to address their needs and help respond to challenges like natural disasters, extreme weather, isolation and long travel distances.

Outback Futures is committed to long term and consistent support, working with our families and communities to develop genuine skills, strategies and processes for long-term resilience.

Janeen Fricke
Principal, Mount Isa School of the Air

TFFF’s confident support is helping Outback Futures build a reputation for affecting genuine change in children and families, allowing communities to develop momentum and energy towards better mental health and wellbeing. The TFFF has nurtured and mentored our organisation during its establishment, allowing this unique and innovative model to build momentum and reach its potential.

Selena Gomersall
CEO, Outback Futures

Where We Fund - Community

Community Organisations

Artback NT Numburindi – Strengthening Culture and Country

$75,000 ($225,000 over 3 years)

Supporting Artback NT to work in partnership with the Indigenous community of Numbulwar to design and deliver cultural camps for their young people, strengthening intergenerational relationships and connection to country.

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation Capacity Support for the Bábbarra Women’s Centre

$173,000 ($509,000 over 3 years)

Assisting women living in Maningrida to maintain connection to culture and country while gaining economic independence by supporting the long-term growth and sustainability of Bábbarra Women’s Centre through the employment of key management staff.

Caloundra Community Centre Pets for Life

$55,000 ($165,000 over 3 years)

The delivery and expansion of Pets for Life program which reduces social isolation by matching seniors and people with reduced capacity, with volunteers who support them to care for their companion animals.

Desart Art Worker Program

$166,000 ($762,000 over 5 years)

The expansion of the Art Worker Program aimed at building the capacity of isolated and marginalised art centres in Central Australia by providing professional development and mentorship.

Of One Mind WOW Festival 2018 - The Regional Voice Project

$50,000 ($155,000 over 3 years)

Empowering women in Bundaberg, Childers, Lockhart River, Katherine, Jundah and the Torres Strait to develop and deliver regional events that celebrate and share their unique stories and experiences.

Outback Futures Capacity Support

$466,000 ($1,166,000 over 4 years)

Support for key leadership roles and formal evaluation of inform Outback Futures’ work strategy to deliver robust, well-designed and effective mental health services to rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland in partnership with Government and other service providers.

Puuya Foundation A sustainable foundation for a sustainable community

$370,000 ($1,320,000 over 6 years)

Support for the Puuya Foundation to build their capacity to work with the Lockhart River Aboriginal community towards a more vibrant, enriching and healthy future.

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation Capacity Support for the Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy

$351,000 ($738,000 over 5 years)

Build the sustainability and capacity of the Media Team, enabling them to work more closely with Waltja’s communities through their Nintipulka Mitiyaku Media Strategy.

Youth Insearch Empowering Queensland Youth

$120,000 ($360,000 over 3 years)

Expand the reach of Youth Insearch’s early intervention program across regional and remote Queensland, to empower young people to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Youth Service Providers Youth Cre8 Kuranda

$111,000 ($333,000 over 3 years)

The continued operation and expansion of Youth Cre8 Kuranda through exended operating hours and the employment of an arts worker. Youth Cre8 Kuranda provides opportunities for young people to engage and develop skills to support their social and emotional wellbeing.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is based in Meanjin (Brisbane).