We are committed to delivering sustainable economic and social benefits to Indigenous Australians.

Improvement in Indigenous wellbeing depends upon an integrated approach encompassing the strengthening of community functions designed to reinforce positive behaviour, improve education outcomes, economic infrastructure alongside quality housing outcomes.

We acknowledge affordable housing is a basic human need and we acknowledge there are complex relationships between housing, health and socioeconomic outcomes such as education, income and employment.

We are a philanthropic entity that understands the importance of community involvement in decision making and execution. We work in partnership with community leaders, Land Councils and business owners to ensure our investment models are culturally aligned and sustainable.

It is no secret that there is a gap between the health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and that of the non-Indigenous population. In 2006, the Close the Gap Campaign was organised by Australia's peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations to improve the health and life expectancy equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The aim of the campaign was to close the gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. While there has been some improvement, Close the Gap: 10 Year Review showed that the service delivery model had failed and little improvement had been achieved. It also showed that it is unlikely to succeed by 2030 unless changes are made to the status quo.

Big River Impact Foundation delivering a sustainable future
The proportion of adults reporting high levels of psychological distress increased from 27% in 2004-05 to 33% in 2014-15, and hospitalisations for self-harm increased by 56% over this period.
In 2014–15, 38% of Indigenous Australians in remote areas aged 15 years or more were living in overcrowded conditions. This rate is almost three times that of Aboriginal people living in more accessible areas (13%).
The adult imprisonment rate increased 77% between 2000 and 2015, and whilst the juvenile detention rate has decreased it is still 24 times the rate for non-Indigenous youth.
Rates of family and community violence were unchanged between 2002 and 2014-15 (around 22%)


Explore our priority areas to achieve our vision

Thought Leadership

We aim to inspire with innovative ideas


We are designing culturally attuned governance training


Training Indigenous governance facilitators

Social Impact framework

By co-designing social impact measurement frameworks 


Supporting new ways of bringing people together to solve the most challenging problems


Do you feel a lack of confidence speaking about Indigenous Affairs? You are not alone.
The Master Class in Indigenous Affairs is available to Boards and Corporate Executives.


In 2016 Reconciliation Australia found six out of 10 Australians had little or no contact with Aboriginal people. This is often held as a sign that we have a long way to go towards our national Reconciliation Journey.

Why not make a difference by booking an Indigenous motivational speaker for your next Corporate event?  We can cover Indigenous culture and share our motivational journey. We are able to add value to your organisation and add credibility to your event. We are equipped to leave your audience motivated, inspired and eager to achieve great outcomes for themselves and your organisation.

Josephine Cashman, Executive Chair, Big River Impact Foundation
Adam Mooney, CEO, Big River Impact Foundation

Support Australia's most innovative projects by making a donation to the Big River Impact Foundation. Your gift will support projects that address the needs of Indigenous Communities.


Big River Impact Foundation wishes to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the First Australians and their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution to Australian life. We acknowledge that we are working on their traditional country and pay respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait nations.

We are honoured to be on the ancestral lands of the First Australian clans. We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders of the community and extend our recognition to their descendants who are present.