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CICF Newsletter – December 2022

Since our last newsletter in May, we are particularly pleased to have been accredited by Reconciliation Australia with our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the entire Calleo Group of companies. View RAP here. We would like to thank all our staff who so willingly engaged in the development of our RAP, and acknowledge the assistance of Reconciliation Australia and the wonderful team at Nations Connect who helped facilitate our journey. Read full message from our Directors.

Education and Training

Gallipoli Scholarship Fund (GSF)
The GSF provides funding to disadvantaged descendants of Australian military veterans. The CICF provides support for six indigenous students to undertake tertiary study. While in our last newsletter we met Kyla West, in this edition we get to know Jonah Glover. Meet Jonah Glover.

Enrise provides education support to vulnerable and at-risk Indigenous children and youth. The CICF supports five students who are taking part in Enrise’s Indigenous females in STEM program per year for three years. This program encourages students who have expressed an interest in STEM subjects, but felt they lacked confidence to proceed. This program is vital because according to Enrise, data shows Indigenous women have even lower STEM engagement, poorer STEM outcomes and perform worse in STEM education than their non-Aboriginal peers. Therefore, the program aims to improve outcomes by providing a qualified tutor to support and nurture students interest in STEM.

Healthcare and Wellbeing

Nelly’s Healing Centre
Nelly’s Healing Centre is a Sydney-based service which aims to create change for Aboriginal people through healing. Their Gullinyja’s Project aims to empower, educate and make significant life changes for Aboriginal women by delivering 10 weekly workshops, each week for a 12-week period. The workshops, developed and delivered by local Aboriginal woman with lived experience of the child protection and criminal justice systems, focus on topics including:
– Introduction and information of the Gullinyja’s Project and Nelly’s Healing Centre
– Culture identity and reunification/reconnection to family and Country
– Mental health
– Domestic violence
– Alcohol and other drugs
– Physical health/quitting smoking
– Aboriginal legal advocacy and know your rights for child protection
– Aboriginal self-care/pamper Day
– Cooking/learning Aboriginal diets and meals
– Yarning/healing circle
Nelly’s Healing Centre and their mob have expressed their gratitude to the CICF for enabling them to deliver their very first Gullinyja’s Project which has been a very rewarding experience for the Aboriginal women in their community.


Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC)
AILC are a national provider of accredited Indigenous Leadership education programs. The CICF is pleased to continue to build our partnership with AILC. In addition to the 10 annual scholarships over three years that the CICF funds, the opportunity arose for our parent company, Calleo, to sponsor AILC’s annual gala dinner. Now in its 20th year of providing leadership training and services into the communities, the event celebrates more than 3,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alumni having completed an AILC course. We’re proud to share that three of our own Indigenous team members have also successfully completed the course and found it hugely beneficial. At the gala event, fellow participants, as well as AILC trainers, shared their experience and our team were happy to hear first-hand about the impact of the CICF and Calleo overall.

Our team was delighted to attend the AILC annual gala dinner.

Institute For Economics and Peace (IEP)
IEP is a not-for-profit organisation committed to measuring and communicating the economic value of peace. The CICF was delighted to fund a Positive Peace workshop in the Moree community, on Gomeroi Country. The workshop brought together local councillors, business owners, proud community members and change makers to respectful discuss the issues facing the community. This included the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system, as well as how the community could be better supported and represented by the council. With future workshops planned, the CICF will evaluate and explore how the Positive Peace framework can be applied to communities.

Activity at the IEP’s Positive Peace workshop.

Sports Development

Canberra Royals Rugby Union Indigenous Opportunity Program
The Royals Indigenous Opportunity Program provides young players with the chance to grow their rugby careers while also pursuing meaningful employment not available in their home locations. The CICF currently supports six to eight Indigenous rugby players for up to three years. While in our last newsletter we met Grace Kemp, in this edition we get to know Dylan McLachlan. Meet Dylan McLachlan.

The Chief’s Cup
The Calleo group was proud to sponsor The Chief’s Cup between the ACT Vets Rugby Club and the Australian War College XV. The annual charity rugby match brings together the Defence Force veterans’ community in the spirit of friendly rivalry. Through our sponsorship, a donation of $4,000 will be made to a charity that looks after former indigenous service men and women.

The Chief’s Cup will donate $4,000 to support indigenous service men and women.

Industry Recognition

We’re delighted to share that we have won the APSCo Award for Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year. This award recognises the meaningful work we do through the CICF. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team who all looked magnificent at the awards night. Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists. And thank you to APSCo Australia for hosting such an incredible event.

ASPCo’s CSR award recognises the meaningful work of the CICF.

We hope that you enjoy this Newsletter, and we sincerely welcome your feedback and advice on how the CICF can be improved. If you have any suggestions on projects that we could support, please get in touch.

Dhjan Yimaba (‘Thank you’ from Ngunnawal country)

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