Development and implementation of these strategic initiatives is based on Australian Communities Foundation's commitment to:
With the Foundation’s change to a national focus in
July 2011, it remains committed to continuing to build
partnerships and collaborations to meet the needs of diverse communities across
To date, the following initiatives have been undertaken or are being planned for the future
Australian National Developmental Index –
ANDI (commencing in 2013)
The Australian National Development Index (ANDI) is a major initiative
that aims to create a new national model of progress, moving from one which
focuses solely on increasing economic production and wealth, to one
which tracks progress towards
equitable and sustainable wellbeing for all Australians.
is based on the development of a new system of community based measures of
well-being, and will involve major data collection and community consultation
activities. In the process, it aims to
promote a national conversation and a shared vision about “What kind of
Australia do we want?” and thereby help to strengthen democracy.
Australian Communities Foundation is currently developing a partnership with
ANDI to assist it to scale up its activities.
Utilising the Foundation’s expertise and experience, it will work with
ANDI to increase its profile and the resources needed to commence the community consultation component of the Index across
develop ANDI’s approach it will seek community views about what constitutes national
progress, wellbeing and sustainability. Through
engagement with at least 500,000 citizens it will
ensure that communities have
the opportunity to highlight what wellbeing means to them and the type of
future directions that Australia should pursue to move
towards this. Extensive research
and data collection will then provide information
about the extent to which progress is being made in each
of the identified areas of wellbeing. Further information about ANDI can be found on
MacroMelbourne (2005 - 2011 although some projects are still continuing)
MacroMelbourne was the second major initiative to be implemented as part of the Foundation's strategic funding focus. Its purpose was to find ways to contribute to Melbourne being a liveable city as it faces the challenges of growth over the next 25 years.
Indigenous Education and Capacity building (ongoing)
Support for Indigenous issues is a key concern for a number of Australian Communities Foundation donors, with a particular focus on education. The Foundation's role is to support and promote a range of initiatives and projects with which donors, Board and staff are involved, to the broader donor community and beyond.
Youth at Risk (2005-09)
Youth at Risk was the first of the Foundation's strategic initiatives, with the aim of expanding opportunities for disadvantaged young people in danger of dropping out of the education system and therefore limiting access to vocational training and employment.
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