A school group exploring the D. Harding mural at the new Rockhampton Museum of Art (formerly Rockhampton Art Gallery), guided by Dr Melinda Mann. Photo courtesy of RMOA.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2021-2022


The Futureproofing stream will see a series of strategic, collaborative initiatives funded over FY22-24 which invest in the future capacity and sustainability of Australia’s for-purpose sector and its leadership.

The figures in the infographics below refer only to funding approved in the 2021/22 financial year


new approvals


total approved


organisations supported

Australian Rural Leadership Program Spotlight

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has been a supporter of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s (ARLF) Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) for many years now, typically sponsoring two scholarships annually. In 2022, the ARLF are celebrating and acknowledging 30 years of leadership development with rural, regional and remote communities.

The Australian Rural Leadership Program is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership development program giving participants a valuable opportunity to grow their leadership and create a network of change-makers to positively influence their organisations, industries, and communities across rural, regional and remote Australia.  The iconic 15-month course builds leadership capacity and instils a set of values-based practices for individuals committed and ready to respond to regional, rural and remote Australia’s most complex challenges and biggest opportunities.

Each year’s program of activities is delivered across four sessions that are tailored to the cohort by considering the participant group’s demographics, their individual leadership objectives and current issues and events affecting their communities. The ARLF Fellowship that follows provides invaluable opportunities to connect and work with a professional network of more than 2,000 peers across the country.

In FY21-22, the TFFF donated scholarships which are currently supporting one NT and one QLD community leader working in rural, regional, and remote health services to participate in the ARLP Course 29 cohort (pictured right).

Erin Lew Fatt is a local Aboriginal woman born on Larrakia land in Darwin. She’s been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 20 years and is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance NT (AMSANT). Erin has a passion in the workforce, education and leadership space and has been focused on these areas in her career in Aboriginal health. Erin is on a couple of boards around workforce and education and is always looking to support and nurture the younger workforce to navigate through their own career pathways. Erin is looking to learn more skills and further develop leadership qualities to bring out the best in any role that she has professionally and within community.

Eugene Wong is a rural generalist doctor, now based in Bundaberg. His first exposure to rural medicine was in 2010 when he spent a year working in the Northern Territory, which inspired a love for the country. The next decade took him throughout Queensland working in Longreach, Emerald, Cape York (with the Royal Flying Doctor Service) and the Torres Strait. He is currently the Director of Medical Services at the Bundaberg Base Hospital. He is on the Board of Doctors Health Queensland and is involved in educational leadership of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. By continuing to develop himself as a team member and leader, Eugene aims to nudge his local health service towards being a healthier place to work and more healing for those who need its services.

Where We Fund - Futureproofing

Futureproofing Organisations

A New Approach Collaborative Seed Funding and Ongoing Operational Support

$200,000 ($600,000 over 3 years)

Collaborative seed funding for A New Approach, an independent think tank created to champion the benefits of investing in a rich creative and cultural landscape and advocating for broader and deeper support for arts and culture across Australia.

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) - Course 29

$100,000 for 2022

Subsidising two scholarships in ARLF’s Rural Leadership Program, so participants Erin Lew Fatt (NT) and Eugene Wong (QLD) can further develop the skills and networks to confidently overcome challenges and contribute to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia.

Creative Partnerships Australia  Australian Cultural Fund Amplify Pilot for PAF Sector

$30,000 ($90,000 over 3 years)

Working together with Creative Partnership’s Australia to pilot a capacity building service offering for Australia’s Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) sector. This harnesses the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) as a vehicle through which PAFs can more easily provide multi-year funding to arts organisations.

La Boite Theatre  Mibo Well-being Platform Pilot for the Arts and Entertainment Industry

$100,000 in 2022

Support for La Boite Theatre to participate in a whole-of-company trial of mibo – a new workplace mental wellbeing technology – in response to the growing national mental health crisis among Arts and Entertainment industry workers.

Philanthropy Australia  QLD & NT Manager Salary Contribution

$25,000 ($75,000 over 3 years)

Partial funding for Philanthropy Australia’s QLD & NT State Manager role, to incentivise high quality recruitment and ensure both states have dedicated representation and support in the peak body’s portfolio.

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