Inaugural cohort of TFFF Executive Leadership Program with Trustees and Advisors. Photo by Thomas Oliver for Atmosphere Photography.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2022-2023


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


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initiatives supported


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total Futureproof funding approved and distributed

The figures in the infographics above refer only to funding approved and distributed in the 2022/23 financial year.

Spotlight: Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership

Most Queensland children and young people are doing well, but we can do better to ensure that all our kids have a great start and journey in life. Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP) is meeting this challenge at a systems level. By working to connect organisations, individuals, services, and systems, and to facilitate shared access to the resources, knowledge, data, and networks, TQKP aim to ensure children, young people and families are supported to thrive.

The focus on Queensland children responds to findings from the Australian Early Development Census and other research, which show, despite improvement, higher rates of developmental vulnerability among Queensland children compared to other Australian jurisdictions. TQKP works through strategic initiatives that help ‘weave systems together’ and amplify the impact of positive change efforts underway across the state. TFFF has invested in two of TQKP’s ten initiatives: the Thriving Queensland Kids Country Collaborative and the Thriving First Nations Kids Initiative (TFNKI). 

Supporting the self-determination of child health related First Nations leaders and organisations is of high priority to TQKP.  During 2022-23, TQKP engaged with a range of First Nations leaders, organisations and communities, including Queensland Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) to advance a co-design process for the TFNKI.  A Collaborative Agreement has been signed and Sarah Callinan has been appointed as the First Nations Strategic Partnerships Lead.

Sarah is a passionate and proud Wangkangurru woman and strategic thinker with an exceptional understanding of brain and early childhood development. Throughout her career with the Queensland Department of Education, Sarah has been involved in a range of initiatives and strategies aimed at improving early childhood outcomes for First Nations children. The active involvement of Sarah, Garth Morgan (CEO, QATSICPP) and others will help support First Nations leadership and drive collective effort across systems to better enable Indigenous children to thrive.

Photographs courtesy of QATSICPP (Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak).

Where We Fund - Futureproofing

Futureproof Organisations

A New Approach Collaborative Seed Funding and Ongoing Operational Support

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

A New Approach (ANA) is Australia’s leading arts and culture think tank, independently funded by 11 philanthropic partners. Its work informs discussion, inspires public policy, and brings together decision makers and industry leaders around evidence-led ideas and pathways for pragmatic action. ANA was influential in Revive, Australia’s first cultural policy in a decade, and is encouraging multi-partisan and cross-portfolio support for Australian arts and culture.

New: Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Two Untied Annual Scholarships for Australian Rural Leadership Program

$100,000 ($300,000 over 3 years, with activity over 5 years)

Subsidising two scholarships in ARLF’s Rural Leadership Program, so participants Eileen Breen (NT) and Clive Leibmann (NT) can further develop the skills and networks to confidently manage 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 Partnerships Australia to pilot a capacity building service offering for Australia’s Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) sector. This utilises the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) as a vehicle through which PAFs can more easily provide multi-year funding to arts organisations.

New: Karrkad Kanjdji Trust ^  Expanding Educational Opportunities in West Arnhem Land

$300,000 ($600,000 over 2 years)

Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT) was established by the leadership of the Bininj people of Central and West Arnhem Land to support their efforts to preserve Country and culture. It acts as an intermediary between local community organisations and philanthropy, now supporting five Aboriginal-led partners including Warddeken Land Management. TFFF funds are enabling the expansion of Nawarddeken Academy infrastructure at two sites, Manmoyi and Mamadawerre, to provide early learning and bi-cultural secondary education.  

Philanthropy Australia Qld & NT Manager Salary Contribution

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

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

New: Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership ^  Children and Young People's System Change Initiative 

$570,000 ($855,000 over 3 years) 1

Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP) is a cross-sectoral coalition, intermediary, and catalyst, bringing together people and knowledge to benefit all children and young people across Queensland. It is committed to improving health, education and family service systems that shape young lives. This partnership has led to the creation of the Queensland Kids Funders Alliance as smarter investment in one of the six key levers of the initiative. TFFF funds are allocated towards the Thriving Queensland Country Kids Initiative and the Thriving First Nations Kids Initiative.

New: University of the Sunshine Coast Rural, Regional, and Remote Education Program 

$150,000 ($450,000 over 3 years)

The provision of bursaries for preservice teachers in the Rural and Remote Education Program, delivered by University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Education and Tertiary Access. Preservice teachers complete placements in rural, regional, and remote schools as well as Coast to Country immersion trips that ensure teaching excellence and equity. 

New: TFFF Executive Leadership Program with The University of Queensland Business School Program and Travel Fees for 12 For-Purpose Leaders

$43,320 ($3,000 per recipient)

A TFFF initiative designed to support the CEOs and Managers of its funded organisations with free, high-quality professional development. The Program content was designed by The University of Queensland Business School lead academics, TFFF staff and partner organisations. The inaugural two-day learning experience was held in Brisbane in May, and included 12 participants from across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

1Two payments received in one financial year, for expenditure over multi-year period.

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