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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


Fellowship will help revive Anaiwan language

May 19th, 2022|

The Anaiwan language was one of the first to be suppressed by European colonisation – but this once-dormant language is being reclaimed by the Armidale Aboriginal community.

Festival of Connection reunites change-makers

May 19th, 2022|

The Festival of Connection provides the opportunity to connect and share experiences, build a strong collective voice for systemic reform and better outcomes for children and communities.

Local knowledge and stories create positive change in Burnie

May 19th, 2022|

The whiteboard in Kylie Burgess’ office tells a story about the power of community. It’s covered in notes and ideas about turning local knowledge and lived experience into positive change for the community of Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west.


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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.
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