Success Stories
Message From Our Directors – May 2022

From Mel Brown (Ngunnawal woman), John Lewis and David Bain-Smith

On behalf of the Calleo Indigenous team and our growing number of Calleo Indigenous Community Fund (CICF) recipients, we sincerely thank all our clients for their continuing support. Calleo Indigenous was established to deliver skilled resources to our clients and to channel a healthy percentage of our profit to support life-changing Indigenous projects.

Since our founding in 2019, the CICF has provided over $490,000 to assist our First Nation people, representing over 40% of our profit. We continue to increase our support by focusing on five key sectors that assist in reconciliation and ‘closing the gap’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
• Education and training
• Healthcare and well-being
• Leadership
• Capability Building of Indigenous projects/organisations
• Sports Development

As a recruitment company, our primary focus is on education and training, but we also support
Indigenous projects that improve outcomes across a diverse range of areas.

We are excited to undertake our initial Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which enhances our
awareness of and our commitment to helping ‘close the gap’ for our First Nation people. Our initial ‘Reflect’ RAP is currently being finalized and we expect it to be approved by Reconciliation Australia imminently. As part of our commitment, we have developed our unique Aboriginal artwork for the Calleo Group, and we have commissioned Indigenous art from all over Australia which will be incorporated into our branding and marketing moving forward.

Our primary focus continues to be on extending our growing number of partnerships to provide
better outcomes for Indigenous people, with a focus on providing multi-year program funding. To
better achieve this goal we have appointed a Development Advisor, Major General Mike Smith AO (Ret’d), and we have established an Indigenous Development Advisory Committee to consider
submissions from prospective recipients and make recommendations to the Board.

As always, 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 we would be very happy to hear from you.

Dhjan Yimaba (‘Thank you’ from Ngunnawal country)

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