Inaugural roundtable of new collaboration between government and philanthropy to better support Australia’s children

23 12 15 Idac

A new collaboration between government and philanthropy aiming to improve the lives of children, young people, and their families, has taken a step forward recently with the first Roundtable meeting of the Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children.

To mark this development, philanthropic Dialogue Members announced approximately $65 million dollars of recent investments aligned to the Investment Dialogue’s vision. These investments have been initiated by philanthropy since conversations about the collaboration commenced in September 2022 following the Jobs and Skills Summit.

These investments:

– Seek to improve outcomes for children, their families and/or communities

– Fall into one of four focus tiers of the Investment Dialogue:

Projects and Programs focused on children, family or community

Place – community-led processes and growing capacity and capability

Policy and Systems level reforms – creating the conditions necessary for systems change to ensure services and systems are adjusted to meet the needs of local communities where required.

Data and evaluation.

Further detail on the recently funded projects and programs can be found at as well as information on two examples where philanthropy and government are already collaborating by providing complementary funding. While the Investment Dialogue is still in its early stages, these case studies represent examples of projects which speak to the type of work that the Dialogue seeks to support. They illustrate the foundation from which we build this new collaborative initiative.

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Sara Parrott said the philanthropic foundation was proud to have a seat at the table and be part of this critical initiative.

“We have a huge opportunity to work together and contribute to creating systemic change that will improve the lives of future generations,” Ms Parrott said.

“For us, this collaboration is about understanding what the needs are; sharing our learnings, and leveraging our strengths and resources to back the ideas that work in community.

“We look forward to working alongside government, community and our fellow funders to help bring about long-term social change,” she said.

Investment Dialogue founding philanthropic partners include:

Besen Family Foundation

BHP Foundation

Cages Foundation

Dusseldorp Forum

RM Ansett Trust (as managed by Equity Trustees)

Fogarty Foundation

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

Hand Heart Pocket

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Minderoo Foundation

Paul Ramsay Foundation

Perpetual Trustees

Philanthropy Australia

Stan Perron Charitable Foundation

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Berg Family Foundation

The Bryan Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation

The John Villiers Trust

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation



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