Guest speaker and visitor: Raphael McGowan, The Clontarf Foundation

Ralphael is the community partnerships at The Clontarf Foundation. The Clontarf Foundation was established in 2000 by the current Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Gerard Neesham, who has been a teacher, the WA Institute of Sport Water polo coach, the Freemantle Dockers Football Club Coach. Gerard established the foundation to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Gerard aimed to equip participants to participate more meaningfully in society.

Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000, the Foundation has grown to cater for almost 4,000 boys in 68 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Each activity in the Academy covers five learning areas:

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Well-Being
  • Sport
  • Employment

All work of the Foundation aims to develop a pathway to meaningful employment through exposure to a variety of industries and contributing to the community. The program also provides support beyond school.

The Foundation is an outcomes based program, with the following measures:

  • Year to year retention – average 90%
  • Attendance – average 80%
  • Number of boys in Year 12 – 340 in 2015 and a projected 460 in 2016
  • Health – 76% of students completed health checks in 2014 
  • 80% of graduates remain engaged in employment or further training/ study after 12 months of leaving school

Annual income and expenditure

The Clontarf Foundation is funded in three equal portions from the Federal Government, relevant State/ Territory Governments and the private/ philanthropic sector with operating revenue of $28.3 million in 2015.

Experience indicates one Clontarf Academy is needed for every 3,000 Indigenous persons. This suggests that 166 Academies are needed across Australia, currently there are 61 Academies Australia wide.


In order to implement the Foundation plan and utilise the Federal and State funds on offer, by 2018 Clontarf needs to increase the current level of recurrent private sector funding by $8 million per annum to $16 million.

Academy students will assist us as marshals for Fun Run this year. Thank you, Raphael!


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