Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF)

QATSIF was established in 2008 to give Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities.

The foundation provides scholarships to young eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in Years 11 and 12 to help them stay in school to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Funding is primarily generated through the interest earned on the original capital used to establish the Trust in 2008. The fund has also benefited from some corporate funding, and is now supported by additional State Government funding. This ensures the viability of the foundation for generations to come.

QATSIF has a Board of Advice comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous people who are experts and leaders in their fields. The Chair is Professor Cindy Shannon. The Board is responsible for making recommendations on how funds should be used to achieve QATSIF's objectives and partnering with the wider community to promote both equity and cultural awareness for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Aunty Ruth Hegarty is the Patron of the foundation.

QATSIF has awarded over 7,300 scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in over 270 high schools throughout Queensland.

The Public Trustee is the foundation’s trustee and is responsible for investing and granting funds, taking in to account the Board of Advice’s recommendations.

 

Current QATSIF position available

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) are currently advertising the position of The Chair of the Board of Advice.

The Public Trustee is a proud supporter of QATSIF as the Trustee of the Foundation, and their incredible work supporting the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Public Trustee of Queensland is seeking interest for the role of the QATSIF Chair of the Board of Advice. This is an exceptional leadership opportunity that will ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have increased education choices and life opportunities.

More information about the role is available below.

Background

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) is a perpetual charitable trust established on 25 November 2008.

The Foundation was established to:

  • provide a secure, independent and perpetual funding source for the public benefit to advance the education and life opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland through the provision and promotion of scholarships;
  • apply the income to increase community awareness of the need to advance the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland;
  • ensure engagement by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the Trust; and
  • ensure the income is perpetual and to garner additional financial support from the community for the Trust or towards the delivery of its charitable objects.

 About you

The Chair should be a respected member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, have strong Queensland community ties and a substantial knowledge of the history, Cultures and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Chair will be acutely aware of the sensitivities regarding the origin of the QATSIF funds and the obligation of the Trust and the Board of Advice to most effectively fulfill the objects of the Trust.

The Chair should be committed to driving the Foundation’s work in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people achieve their full potential.

The Chair should possess a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience in a number of relevant areas which could include education, finance, governance law, marketing, fundraising etc.

The Chair will have the ability and desire to champion for the Trust and be confident in his/her ability to communicate and negotiate with senior Government officials, in particular the Director-General and Minister if required.

The Chair will play a leading role with regard to fundraising and identifying potential grants and corporate sponsors. The Chair will develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, key corporate and Government agencies and community leaders to support the Foundation’s long term strategic goals.

The Chair should possess strong leaderships skills and high level strategic planning skills.

It is the role of the Chair to lead the Board with regard to the most effective application of available Trust funds in an increasing challenging economic environment.

For further information on the duties, characteristics and qualifications required of the Chair of the QATSIF Board of Advice, please download the Position Description

Applications can be submitted via online to Lucie Russell, Manager Trust Management.

For further information regarding the position, please contact: Lucie Russell -  Manager, Trust Management 

Email: lucie.russell@pt.qld.gov.au 

Applications close 30 September 2021

 

How can I donate?

Your donation is invaluable. It can make a difference as to whether a young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student can afford to stay at school until graduation in Year 12.  Together—schools, families, communities, donors and administrators—we can encourage Queensland's future leaders to reach their full potential, not just academically but vocationally and culturally. This can be the cornerstone of an inclusive and supportive Queensland.

Individuals and corporations can donate.

Individuals

You can donate through your Will, or in your lifetime.

If you’re making a Will with us, just let us know during your appointment that you’d like to leave a bequest to the foundation.

Donations can be made directly to QATSIF by sending a cheque or money order to the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation.

Corporations

If your organisation would like to commit to increase knowledge of Indigenous culture in Queensland, QATSIF is the solution. Corporate sponsorship and donations can be made directly to the foundation.

If you’re an individual or an organisation looking to make a donation, you can do so by emailing the trust at enquiries@qatsif.org.au or by calling 07 3257 1777.

Donations over $2 are tax deductable.

How do I find out more information on QATSIF?

Visit the QATSIF website to find out more.

Last published: 17/09/2021 12:30:05 AM