Red Ridge the Label collections, featuring artwork from Walali Wadyana Gumbi - Strong Black Women, Murweh Women, and Two Sisters Talking artists Anpanuawa 'Joyce' Crombie, and Aulpunda 'Jean' Barr Crombie. Photo by Lorraine Kath.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2020-2021


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 funding approved in the 2020/21 financial year.


new approvals


total approved


organisations supported

Youth Insearch Spotlight

Youth Insearch Foundation supports at-risk young people in rural and urban Australia, aged 14-20, that otherwise fall between the cracks. Its evidence-based early intervention program addresses disadvantaged youths’ underlying mental and social challenges to reconnect them with services and society. The Youth Insearch model ensures each young person can embark on a program of change while remaining within their own home and school environment.

Since 1985, Youth Insearch has delivered peer-support programs designed by young people, for young people. To date, it has directly helped 32,000 young people from Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. The Australian Families Institute research found that 80% of Youth Insearch participants make positive changes in their lives.

TFFF funding over three years supports Youth Insearch Foundation to deliver the Entrenching Change initiative to empower at-risk young Queenslanders to take control of their lives by giving them the opportunity and skills to develop their self-esteem (by resolving their issues) and play a positive role in their communities (and their own lives). The program aims to:

  • Address feelings of helplessness and suffering
  • Establish a connection between school attendance, good education and employment prospects
  • Reduce the incidence of underage substance abuse, violence, crime, and suicide, and
  • Stop the cycle of family breakdown by equipping participants with some essential parenting skills.

To achieve these objectives in Queensland, Youth Insearch is expanding its community presence through employment of new youth support workers in regions over three years:

  • Year 1 – Bundaberg, Dalby, and Tara/Chinchilla
  • Year 2 – Hervey Bay and Roma (commencing July 2021)
  • Year 3 – Miles and Maryborough (commencing July 2022)

Social Worker Adam Klimkiewicz facilitates the Bundaberg Support Group at headspace Bundaberg, affectionately referred to as the Bundy Youth Insearchers. Support Groups enable peers to share, listen, and support and encourage each other, and as Adam says, “with awesomeness and openness!”

Social Worker Khushboo Shah runs the Dalby Support Group each week, engaging students in games that facilitate conversations through which participants share experiences and strategies to find better ways of communicating.

“I see the impact Youth Insearch has on people. I see the impact that it had in my own life, and I see the benefits because of the change that I made at that age. I know what positive roads these young people can take if they choose to take them.

“And it’s not just the young person that it affects; it affects so many people. My whole family was being impacted by my negative choices. Now, my family, all have positive impacts from me being a more positive person in society. I see the positive impact I can have in the community, rather than me taking from the community. So, I think it has this ripple effect.”

Samantha Clayton
Youth Insearch Leader and former Qld participant

Where We Fund - Community

Community Organisations

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (new approval) Australian Rural Leadership Program – Course 28 (ARLP28)


Subsidising two Queensland-based participants in ARLF’s Rural Leadership Program, so they can develop the skills and networks to confidently overcome challenges and contribute to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia.

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (new approval) Bábbarra Women’s Centre Capacity Development


Funding wages for the new Manager and Studio Coordinator to consolidate the considerable progress made towards capacity building over the past three years of TFFF support and implement the next phase of development. Bábbarra provides meaningful engagement opportunities for Indigenous women, mainly through the production of original artwork printed on fabric.

Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation Harvesting Traditional Knowledge

$82,000 ($256,000 over 3 years)

Development of an intergenerational sharing and learning initiative in partnership with the Asyrikarrak Rangers, facilitating quarterly on-Country harvesting excursions and workshops to re-engage children and young people with traditional harvesting practices.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC)

$431,000 ($1,973,782 over 4 years)

Assisting FRRR to raise their profile in Queensland and NT, to build relationships with communities and understand their unique needs, and then respond directly through targeted grants via the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Hear and Say Centre (new approval) Ensuring Equity of Access and Outcomes for Regional and Remote Families

$100,000 ($300,000 for 3 years)

For the development of an online platform that seamlessly provides regional and remote families with access to the assessments, therapies, and social supports that underpin Hear and Say’s unique approach, which supports d/Deaf and hearing impaired children to achieve listening, speech, language and educational outcomes.

Of One Mind/Women of the World Festival (new approval) WOW on Tour 2021

$50,000 ($100,000 over 2 years)

To deliver a series of festivals and events for women in Cairns, the Channel CountryCharlevilleLongreach, the Torres Strait and Katherine, aimed at building their capacity to represent the voices of regional women and girls at WOW Brisbane 2022.

Outback Futures Capacity Support

$350,000 ($1,166,000 over 4 years)

Continued 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.

Pathways to Resilience Trust Community Wellbeing and Empowerment Program

$400,000 ($2,000,000 over 5 years)

Support enables Pathways to Resilience to deliver tailored Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) training programs to educators, families and communities in rural and remote Queensland.

Red Ridge Interior Queensland - Red Ridge the Label (new approval) Dressing the West Charleville WOW 2021


To enable Red Ridge Interior Queensland to deliver its celebrated Dress the West project in Charleville in collaboration with WOW Australia in June 2021, through the support of artist fees and the design and delivery of virtual and onsite workshops.

Youth Insearch Entrenching Change

$240,000 ($720,000 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 extended 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).