It all started when an aspiring entrepreneur said: “Why rely on the Government for help when we can do it ourselves!?”

After running the world’s first Indigenous Startup Weekend and Business Accelerator Program in 2016, Dean Foley created an Indigenous charity called Barayamal which is now leading a national and worldwide movement.

According to the latest government employment study, the Indigenous employment rate fell over the past decade, from 48% in 2006 to 46.6% in 2016. Over the same period, the non-indigenous employment rate was broadly stable, at around 72%. The Government has failed to close the disparity and opportunity gap over the last decade despite spending billions of taxpayer money…

By empowering Indigenous people to achieve their self-determination aspirations, we can re-shape these statistics and our communities for the better.

Barayamal is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

The Company is established for the public charitable purposes of:

  • providing benevolent relief to Indigenous Australians, particularly through addressing disempowerment and lack of opportunities in Indigenous communities; and
  • Empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs to create equal opportunities for Indigenous Australians in employment and business, alleviate distress, misfortunate and suffering caused by Indigenous unemployment, underemployment and underrepresentation in the business community, and close the economic gap.