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Wesfarmers' contribution to Indigenous programs


Wesfarmers is a long-term partner of Clontarf Foundation.

Wesfarmers partners with organisations who are focused on Indigenous education and transition to work opportunities.

The Clontarf Foundation

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Indigenous men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society. The first Academy for 25 boys opened in 2000, and the Foundation has since grown to cater for about 4,700 boys in 84 schools across Australia. Wesfarmers has supported Clontarf since its inception, recently increasing its funding commitment as the Foundation seeks to expand its program nationally. A number of Wesfarmers businesses are also engaged at a local level with Clontarf around Australia.

Read more about Clontarf and our working partnership here.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

AIME provides a structured educational program for Indigenous students to access throughout their high school experience. AIME has been running since 2005 and students completing the program are proven to finish school and transition to university, training, further education and employment at the same rate as every Australian child – effectively closing the gap in educational outcomes.

Wesfarmers has been supporting AIME for a number of years. As a national partner, Wesfarmers is helping AIME deliver a range of programs targeting local Indigenous high school students through mentoring and outreach initiatives across the country.

Graham Polly Farmer Foundation

The Graham Polly Farmer Foundation fosters the long-term education and support of Indigenous students, with the objective of helping them achieve their potential. Wesfarmers supports the Foundation develop educational programs that help to increase the number of Indigenous students entering tertiary education or alternative qualifications for their careers. The Foundation’s programs are in 28 locations across Australia, with more than 1,100 Aboriginal students currently participating.

Reconciliation WA

Reconciliation WA is a not-for-profit organisation providing leadership, advocacy and support to people and organisations driving the movement for reconciliation in Western Australia.

Wesfarmers’ vision for reconciliation is an Australia that affords equal opportunities to all. Our partnership with Reconciliation WA supports its work in fostering value and respect for the special place, culture, rights and contributions of First Australians.

In December 2016, Wesfarmers sponsored the 'Recognise' dinner held in Sydney, New South Wales, in support of Constitutional Recognition.

Kaiela Institute

The Kaiela Institute is an independent centre for leadership and innovation, based in the Goulbourn Murray region. The Institute supports the collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders to envision, design and implement an inclusive future for all people in the region. Wesfarmers has been the centre’s major employment partner since 2012, providing funding for an employment broker to operate in Shepparton, Victoria. It is a collaborative model which looks to facilitate employment for Aboriginal people in sustainable roles within the Wesfarmers Group or other businesses in the area.