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Connecting the dots for an Australia where all young people thrive

Dusseldorp Forum is an independent foundation focused on improving education, health and social outcomes for children, their families and communities across Australia. We provide funding and support to initiatives demonstrating positive, long-term change for young people. We bring people together to foster collaboration and share solutions to better meet the needs of this and future generations.

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We partner with a number of communities that are transforming the life opportunities of children and families.

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Dick Dusseldorp AO

Dusseldorp Forum was established in 1989 by Dick Dusseldorp, the founder of Lend Lease. He created the Forum with the purpose of making a tangible difference to the life chances of young Australians, particularly those who were unable to access educational opportunities that would enable them to shape their own future. It was no accident that he chose the name ‘Forum’. Our purpose, values and principles are informed by his working life philosophy of bringing people together from different perspectives and expertise to focus on common challenges and develop innovative solutions to entrenched problems and barriers.

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Latest News


Change Makers Collage 2022

December 13th, 2022|

A few of our favourite partners and friends share their reflections, success, and lessons from a year that has been equal parts challenging and hopeful.

Digital Storytelling Campfires

December 13th, 2022|

We've developed a series of digital storytelling campfires - workshops aimed at building a network of Australian place-based community-led evaluators, communicators and storytellers that share, learn, and connect around system change storytelling and are supported to address the opportunities and challenges of communicating collective, long-term stories of change.

Bi-cultural education expands in west Arnhem Land

August 18th, 2022|

From a one-teacher classroom to three independent registered schools – the Nawarddeken Academy is now operating its unique bi-cultural education in three communities in remote west Arnhem Land.


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    Dusseldorp Forum acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we work and live.
    We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.