Cathy Freeman established the Cathy Freeman Foundation in 2007 to help Indigenous children and their families recognise the power of education and achieve their goals and dreams.

Cathy Freeman Foundation programs broaden horizons and support Indigenous students to experience their full potential in school.

The Foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities. Our work demands strong and trusting partnerships with community, Elders and school leaders. We partner with communities for the long haul, as we journey through the complexities of the work required to create social change.

The Foundation works with more than 1600 Indigenous children and their families from four of the most remote communities in Australia:

  • Palm Island in northern Queensland;

  • Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory;

  • Woorabinda in central Queensland; and

  • Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.


The Cathy Freeman Foundation  delivers  education programs that are designed to travel the journey of a child’s education from Pre-Prep through to Year 12. The programs aim to improve school attendance and ultimately increase Year 12 attainment and are effective in extending the children’s horizons and future opportunities. 


Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are employed to deliver programs in community. As part of this delivery, community staff work one on one with students in the classroom delivering workshops that cover themes such as dreams and goals, role models, confidence and resilience, and celebrating culture. The Cathy Freeman Foundation inspires children to realise their own gold medal journey.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children have the best education outcomes and optimal opportunities in life.


To support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children to realise their full potential.


The team at the Cathy Freeman Foundation share the following values, which generally attracts like- minded community, school and funding partners.

  • Experience: we take the voice of community seriously and build upon what already works.

  • Learning: we share a love of learning amongst our staff and with our school and community partners.

  • Loyalty: communities respect that we are there for the long term.

  • Integrity: we follow through on our word.

  • Initiative: we take the small necessary steps to create positive social change.

  • Family: we look after our families and foster our connection.