About the Foundation

The Foundation's core objectives are to:

Raise money (through investments, commercial operations, gifts and donations or fundraising).

Support the application of grants (and other assistance to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal corporations and undertake or support projects that support Aboriginal well being in areas such as education and training, employment and economic opportunities, looking after heritage and country, purchasing of land, health facilities, youth, sports and recreation facilities, and housing and accommodation services).

Promote the Foundation and its objectives. Cooperate with like organisations. Enter into commercial arrangements (business).

The Aboriginal Foundation is established under the Associations Incorporation Act (SA) 1985 to identify, secure and manage viable business opportunities on behalf of Aboriginal people (native title claimants) in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Foundation's primary purpose is to seek out business partnering opportunities likely to benefit the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of individuals and communities and to make investments that generate long term benefit for Aboriginal South Australians.

The Aboriginal Foundation has evolved because South Australian Aboriginal people recognised they have, for a range of reasons, largely missed out on economic and business opportunities in this State.

The Foundation is the vision of the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia. The Foundation was devised for and by Aboriginal people; its its priorities are being driven by native title claimants and Aboriginal people in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Foundation, which has wealth creation and business priorities, will work largely independently of Congress. However, the Foundation's Constitution which was developed by Congress, provides the guide for the Foundation and requires the Foundation to report to and have a working relationship with Congress.

The Congress Chairperson and the CEO of SANTS have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Foundation for an update on its activities. There is an objective for South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS), Congress and the Foundation to have a common vision for economic development.

Foundation Board Members bring a range of skills and experience to the work of the Foundation through a history of involvement in areas such as investment, commerce, legal, public relations, human resources, project management, marketing and Aboriginal community development.

Board Members are independent of Congress and are NOT representative of any company, sector, group, community or organisation.

Contact with the Foundation might be through direct contact by individuals, organisations, communities and native title claimants who have been presented with a business idea and want advice, or are seeking a joint-venture partner. The Foundation may also be contacted by private sector companies who wish it to consider business opportunities across a range of business structures.

The Foundation is regularly looking at business opportunities and is now linked to Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) in this endeavour.

The Aboriginal Foundation is established under the Associations Incorporation Act (SA) 1985 to identify, secure and manage viable business opportunities on behalf of Aboriginal people (native title claimants) in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Foundation's primary purpose is to seek out business partnering opportunities likely to benefit the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of individuals and communities and to make investments that generate long term benefit for Aboriginal South Australians.

The Aboriginal Foundation has evolved because South Australian Aboriginal people recognised they have, for a range of reasons, largely missed out on economic and business opportunities in this State.

The Foundation is the vision of the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia. The Foundation was devised for and by Aboriginal people; its its priorities are being driven by native title claimants and Aboriginal people in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Foundation, which has wealth creation and business priorities, will work largely independently of Congress. However, the Foundation's Constitution which was developed by Congress, provides the guide for the Foundation and requires the Foundation to report to and have a working relationship with Congress.

The Congress Chairperson and the CEO of SANTS have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Foundation for an update on its activities. There is an objective for South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS), Congress and the Foundation to have a common vision for economic development.

Foundation Board Members bring a range of skills and experience to the work of the Foundation through a history of involvement in areas such as investment, commerce, legal, public relations, human resources, project management, marketing and Aboriginal community development.

Board Members are independent of Congress and are NOT representative of any company, sector, group, community or organisation.

Contact with the Foundation might be through direct contact by individuals, organisations, communities and native title claimants who have been presented with a business idea and want advice, or are seeking a joint-venture partner. The Foundation may also be contacted by private sector companies who wish it to consider business opportunities across a range of business structures.

The Foundation is regularly looking at business opportunities and is now linked to Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) in this endeavour.

New Initiatives

Building meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships.

Intract is a business formed by the partnership of the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia and McMahon Services Australia to promote and encourage indigenous employment and training throughout the construction industry.

At Intract, we specialise in contracting and training services for the civil construction and mining industries throughout South Australia and beyond. Intract supports associated civil construction works with multi-ticketed plant and equipment operators as well as trainees for mining exploration, rehabilitation works, and community-based building works.

The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia was established by the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia to represent the commercial interests of Aboriginal communities across the state. The Aboriginal Congress of South Australia represents 21 of the 22 Indigenous Native Title Claimants across the state.McMahon Services is one of Australia's largest privately owned construction, industrial and environmental services organisations. Starting off as a small family business in Adelaide in 1990, the organisation now operates nationally, employing over 400 staff. As the parent company of Intract, McMahon Services provides a wealth of resources to back this initiative, from plant and equipment through to on the ground experience and a comprehensive framework for training, health and safety.

Primarily, we provide contract services to the mining and civil construction industry. Our team comprises an Indigenous labour force, supported by highly skilled and qualified McMahon Services construction services personnel. We provide trained and experienced plant operators for on-site plant operation in addition to our wet hire services. Intract has access to McMahon Services' large fleet of company owned plant and equipment including excavators, graders, bobcats, front-end loaders, tippers and semi-tippers.

Intract respects the traditions and cultures of Aboriginal people, and recognises the unique relationship that Aboriginal people have to both the land and sea. intract believes that effective management of Aboriginal matters forms an integral part of successful operations.Intract as a minimum, will comply with the laws and regulations relating to Aboriginal People in the locations in which it operates. However, it also expects its non-Aboriginal people to be educated and active in fostering long-term relationships with Aboriginal People.

Through the involvement of local Aboriginal people, Intract enables local communities to take part in wealthgenerating activities on their traditional lands, and offers long-term economic benefits to their communities.Intract's vision is to provide a range of training, employment and community relations programs using the company's operations as a conduit to assist Aboriginal people to develop their own communities.Our goals and programs have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal people and focus on job skills training, business development, education, cross-cultural development and the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Programs with Transfield Services Ltd:

The Foundation has participated with Transfield Services in specific programs supported with Government grants.

Transfield Services have an exemplary Reconciliation Action Plan, which drives their Aboriginal employment policy.

The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia was established by the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia to represent the commercial interests of Aboriginal communities across the state. The Aboriginal Congress of South Australia represents 21 of the 22 Indigenous Native Title Claimants across the state.McMahon Services is one of Australia's largest privately owned construction, industrial and environmental services organisations. Starting off as a small family business in Adelaide in 1990, the organisation now operates nationally, employing over 400 staff. As the parent company of Intract, McMahon Services provides a wealth of resources to back this initiative, from plant and equipment through to on the ground experience and a comprehensive framework for training, health and safety.

Primarily, we provide contract services to the mining and civil construction industry. Our team comprises an Indigenous labour force, supported by highly skilled and qualified McMahon Services construction services personnel. We provide trained and experienced plant operators for on-site plant operation in addition to our wet hire services. Intract has access to McMahon Services' large fleet of company owned plant and equipment including excavators, graders, bobcats, front-end loaders, tippers and semi-tippers.

Intract respects the traditions and cultures of Aboriginal people, and recognises the unique relationship that Aboriginal people have to both the land and sea. intract believes that effective management of Aboriginal matters forms an integral part of successful operations.Intract as a minimum, will comply with the laws and regulations relating to Aboriginal People in the locations in which it operates. However, it also expects its non-Aboriginal people to be educated and active in fostering long-term relationships with Aboriginal People.

Through the involvement of local Aboriginal people, Intract enables local communities to take part in wealthgenerating activities on their traditional lands, and offers long-term economic benefits to their communities.Intract's vision is to provide a range of training, employment and community relations programs using the company's operations as a conduit to assist Aboriginal people to develop their own communities.Our goals and programs have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal people and focus on job skills training, business development, education, cross-cultural development and the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Programs with Transfield Services Ltd:

The Foundation has participated with Transfield Services in specific programs supported with Government grants.

Transfield Services have an exemplary Reconciliation Action Plan, which drives their Aboriginal employment policy.

The Board

Board Members

With a career in financial services spanning more than 45 years, Colin Dunsford brings extensive experience working with a wide range of corporate, government and incorporated clients in Australia and the United States of America.

Colin was Division Head of the Adelaide Assurance and Business Advisory Division at Ernst and Young prior to his retirement in 2010, a responsibility he also held at Arthur Andersen before the merging of the two firms. He remains a member of the Ernst and Young?s Advisory Board, as well as Chairing a number of other boards including the Independent Gaming Corporation, South Australia Health Risk Management & Audit Committee, Leaders Institute of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Chair of Indigenous Business Australia, Eddie is the founder, owner and director of Gimbulki Resources, a consulting advisory business providing services and expertise in Land Management/Access and Indigenous Participation and Engagement and Relationships within the Australian resource sector and other related Australian Industries.

Eddie brings more than 23 years? experience in Indigenous Affairs and the Mining and Exploration Industry issues as a Non-Executive Director of TNG Limited and Chairman of the Indigenous Advisory Board for Transfield Services Pty Ltd.

His experience in the areas of Land Management/Access within the Australian resources sector, and Indigenous and Native Title issues, has seen him involved in facilitating a range of Indigenous community and corporate engagement processes over a number of years. He has held executive roles within Corporate Mining Australia and has gained wide business exposure and experience in Australia and Internationally.

Ted is an experienced company director and commercial lawyer, who for over 40 years has specialised in the areas of commerce and public law, corporate governance and international business.

He is a specialist strategic advisor for major projects and has focused on advising companies undertaking development and infrastructure projects within Australia and commercial joint ventures in China.

Ted has been a business advisor and board member of several leading organisations in South Australia including Bedford Industries Inc, the Port Adelaide AFL Football Club, the Development Assessment Commission, and the SA Housing Trust.

He is presently a board member of the Aboriginal Foundation of SA, Chairman of Papyrus Australia Ltd, the China Cluster and several other technology companies.

The Hon. Gregory Crafter AO was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1978. In March 1979 Greg was elected to the seat of Norwood in the South Australian Parliament following the resignation of the sitting Member for some 26 years, Don Dunstan. He contested seven elections in Norwood and served the Parliament for more than 14 years, eleven as a Minister of the Crown holding eight portfolios including Education and Children's Services, Community Welfare; Aboriginal Affairs; Housing, Urban Development, Local Government Relations, Recreation and Sport.

He was the South Australian Minister of Education for seven years. Greg is a former President of the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organisation and Chairman of its Executive Committee. He is also a former Director of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians and Chair of the South Australian Regional Committee (1995-2005) ? now called The Foundation for Young Australians.

Mr Crafter was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Don Dunstan Foundation from 1999 to 2010. Since 1994 Greg has been a consultant at the Adelaide law firm Johnston Withers. He has developed a career as a Non Executive Director and consultant serving on private company, public and charitable boards and has been appointed to Public Sector Boards and Commissions of Enquiry by both Liberal and Labor governments.

Jerome Maguire served as the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Motor Accident Commission since June 2012. Prior to that role, Jerome served as Chief Executive of Attorney-Generals Department and Department of Justice from March 2006 to June 2012. He is well known for his expertise in leading organizational change and delivering large-scale change programs, including infrastructure projects, with the objective of improving efficiencies and reducing costs of core public services.

Prior to joining the Justice sector, Jerome was involved in major health reforms (including the introduction of casemix funding amongst others) and many other of public sector reform programs, including leading strategic reviews of various South Australian Government Departments and introducing procurement reforms across government portfolios. He is now the Principal of Maguire Consulting (SA) Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy business established in 2014.

Lavene Ngatukorua is a natural leader, she inspires people to be all that they can be. She is a forthright negotiator for Aboriginal people who always puts the needs of her community before her own.

She has single handedly run Davenport Community, for the past 8 years, because all funding was cut from the community. This is in a voluntary capacity on top of her full time job as Youth Co-ordinator at Davenport.

She stands up against injustice where ever she sees it, however, she doesn?t see issues, she sees solutions.

Lavene ran the State Aboriginal football and netball carnival when she was 18!! She is still involved in the carnival and this will be held in Port Augusta again this year.

She has been on numerous committees but she wont go to meetings just to have a talkfest, if people aren?t prepared to find solutions then she has better things to do with her time.

Lavene is a proud Aboriginal woman and her culture underlies everything she does, she always follows cultural protocols in whatever she does and wont allow anyone to knowingly work against Aboriginal culture.

She is an inspirational leader who never stops, never tires and is always asking what is next?

She has made a lifetime commitment to making a difference for Aboriginal people.

Lavene was awarded the 2015 South Australian Premier?s NAIDOC award.

Lauren Ganley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people and General Manager of Telstra?s National Indigenous Directorate. She has worked with Telstra for more than thirty years. In her current role she leads programs and business activities that make a positive difference for Indigenous communities across Australia.

Lauren was a member of the Expert Panel (2011) to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution. She is currently a Director of Kakadu Tourism, Co-convenor of the National Indigenous Corporate Network, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014 Lauren was recognised as one of Australia?s most influential women winning a place in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Dominic is the founder and partner of Rinaldi & Co. Chartered Accountants with experience in a range of companies as both a non-executive director and as chairman.

He has more than 30 years' experience advising small to medium sized enterprises on taxation, accounting and business management, with particular experience in the areas of building and development, professional practices, manufacturers, the health sector, registered clubs, insurance brokers and care service providers.

Dominic is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia

Far-ranging experience across a range of commercial enterprises has equipped Grahame with a sound knowledge and understanding of business and Government. As CEO, it is these skills that Grahame now intends to direct towards steps that will improve the economic circumstances of Aboriginal people. An experienced Chairman, Director and CEO, he has worked in both private business and Government organisations, including Food South Australia, Alaska Milk Corporation (Philippines), S.A. Independent Glass Pty Ltd, Two - Dogs Pty Ltd, Tarac Australia Ltd, Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC), Inchcape Wines & Spirits Asia/Pacific and the South Australian Dairy Development Board.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPA's, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has participated in the Mt. Eliza Leadership Program. He is a non-Executive Director of Food & Beverage Australia Ltd. (FABAL) and Proprietor of Smythe Road Vintners Pty Ltd.

With a career in financial services spanning more than 45 years, Colin Dunsford brings extensive experience working with a wide range of corporate, government and incorporated clients in Australia and the United States of America.

Colin was Division Head of the Adelaide Assurance and Business Advisory Division at Ernst and Young prior to his retirement in 2010, a responsibility he also held at Arthur Andersen before the merging of the two firms. He remains a member of the Ernst and Young?s Advisory Board, as well as Chairing a number of other boards including the Independent Gaming Corporation, South Australia Health Risk Management & Audit Committee, Leaders Institute of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Chair of Indigenous Business Australia, Eddie is the founder, owner and director of Gimbulki Resources, a consulting advisory business providing services and expertise in Land Management/Access and Indigenous Participation and Engagement and Relationships within the Australian resource sector and other related Australian Industries.

Eddie brings more than 23 years? experience in Indigenous Affairs and the Mining and Exploration Industry issues as a Non-Executive Director of TNG Limited and Chairman of the Indigenous Advisory Board for Transfield Services Pty Ltd.

His experience in the areas of Land Management/Access within the Australian resources sector, and Indigenous and Native Title issues, has seen him involved in facilitating a range of Indigenous community and corporate engagement processes over a number of years. He has held executive roles within Corporate Mining Australia and has gained wide business exposure and experience in Australia and Internationally.

Ted is an experienced company director and commercial lawyer, who for over 40 years has specialised in the areas of commerce and public law, corporate governance and international business.

He is a specialist strategic advisor for major projects and has focused on advising companies undertaking development and infrastructure projects within Australia and commercial joint ventures in China.

Ted has been a business advisor and board member of several leading organisations in South Australia including Bedford Industries Inc, the Port Adelaide AFL Football Club, the Development Assessment Commission, and the SA Housing Trust.

He is presently a board member of the Aboriginal Foundation of SA, Chairman of Papyrus Australia Ltd, the China Cluster and several other technology companies.

The Hon. Gregory Crafter AO was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1978. In March 1979 Greg was elected to the seat of Norwood in the South Australian Parliament following the resignation of the sitting Member for some 26 years, Don Dunstan. He contested seven elections in Norwood and served the Parliament for more than 14 years, eleven as a Minister of the Crown holding eight portfolios including Education and Children's Services, Community Welfare; Aboriginal Affairs; Housing, Urban Development, Local Government Relations, Recreation and Sport.

He was the South Australian Minister of Education for seven years. Greg is a former President of the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organisation and Chairman of its Executive Committee. He is also a former Director of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians and Chair of the South Australian Regional Committee (1995-2005) ? now called The Foundation for Young Australians.

Mr Crafter was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Don Dunstan Foundation from 1999 to 2010. Since 1994 Greg has been a consultant at the Adelaide law firm Johnston Withers. He has developed a career as a Non Executive Director and consultant serving on private company, public and charitable boards and has been appointed to Public Sector Boards and Commissions of Enquiry by both Liberal and Labor governments.

Jerome Maguire served as the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Motor Accident Commission since June 2012. Prior to that role, Jerome served as Chief Executive of Attorney-Generals Department and Department of Justice from March 2006 to June 2012. He is well known for his expertise in leading organizational change and delivering large-scale change programs, including infrastructure projects, with the objective of improving efficiencies and reducing costs of core public services.

Prior to joining the Justice sector, Jerome was involved in major health reforms (including the introduction of casemix funding amongst others) and many other of public sector reform programs, including leading strategic reviews of various South Australian Government Departments and introducing procurement reforms across government portfolios. He is now the Principal of Maguire Consulting (SA) Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy business established in 2014.

Lavene Ngatukorua is a natural leader, she inspires people to be all that they can be. She is a forthright negotiator for Aboriginal people who always puts the needs of her community before her own.

She has single handedly run Davenport Community, for the past 8 years, because all funding was cut from the community. This is in a voluntary capacity on top of her full time job as Youth Co-ordinator at Davenport.

She stands up against injustice where ever she sees it, however, she doesn?t see issues, she sees solutions.

Lavene ran the State Aboriginal football and netball carnival when she was 18!! She is still involved in the carnival and this will be held in Port Augusta again this year.

She has been on numerous committees but she wont go to meetings just to have a talkfest, if people aren?t prepared to find solutions then she has better things to do with her time.

Lavene is a proud Aboriginal woman and her culture underlies everything she does, she always follows cultural protocols in whatever she does and wont allow anyone to knowingly work against Aboriginal culture.

She is an inspirational leader who never stops, never tires and is always asking what is next?

She has made a lifetime commitment to making a difference for Aboriginal people.

Lavene was awarded the 2015 South Australian Premier?s NAIDOC award.

Lauren Ganley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people and General Manager of Telstra?s National Indigenous Directorate. She has worked with Telstra for more than thirty years. In her current role she leads programs and business activities that make a positive difference for Indigenous communities across Australia.

Lauren was a member of the Expert Panel (2011) to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution. She is currently a Director of Kakadu Tourism, Co-convenor of the National Indigenous Corporate Network, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014 Lauren was recognised as one of Australia?s most influential women winning a place in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Dominic is the founder and partner of Rinaldi & Co. Chartered Accountants with experience in a range of companies as both a non-executive director and as chairman.

He has more than 30 years' experience advising small to medium sized enterprises on taxation, accounting and business management, with particular experience in the areas of building and development, professional practices, manufacturers, the health sector, registered clubs, insurance brokers and care service providers.

Dominic is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia

Far-ranging experience across a range of commercial enterprises has equipped Grahame with a sound knowledge and understanding of business and Government. As CEO, it is these skills that Grahame now intends to direct towards steps that will improve the economic circumstances of Aboriginal people. An experienced Chairman, Director and CEO, he has worked in both private business and Government organisations, including Food South Australia, Alaska Milk Corporation (Philippines), S.A. Independent Glass Pty Ltd, Two - Dogs Pty Ltd, Tarac Australia Ltd, Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC), Inchcape Wines & Spirits Asia/Pacific and the South Australian Dairy Development Board.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPA's, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has participated in the Mt. Eliza Leadership Program. He is a non-Executive Director of Food & Beverage Australia Ltd. (FABAL) and Proprietor of Smythe Road Vintners Pty Ltd.

Contact Us

Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc., Rinaldi and Co.
60 Hindmarsh Square
Adelaide 5000
(08) 8215 0041
info@aboriginalfoundation.com