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

At Barayamal, we believe that entrepreneurship can change the world for the better.

Today, we are proud to be a world leader in First Nations Entrepreneurship. We do this by building solutions, running programs, putting on events and investing in startups. We also produce a podcast for Indigenous entrepreneurs (Indigipreneur).

You can support our mission and play a role in closing the massive disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Join us today as we continue to grow into a world leader.

When an aspiring entrepreneur said, “Why rely on the Government for help when we can do it ourselves?” they set out to make a difference.

Dean Foley wanted to create a way for First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs to have a place to start, grow, and learn. He created Barayamal, which is leading a national and worldwide movement of First Nations people looking to start their own business and give back to their community.

The latest government employment study found the Indigenous employment rate fell over the past decade, from 48% in 2006 to 46.6% in 2016. The non-indigenous employment rate was broadly stable, at around 72%, over the same period.

The Government has failed to close the disparity and opportunity gap over the last decade despite spending billions of taxpayer money. We need to act now.

Achieving self-determination and making our communities more resilient is possible. All we have to do is empower Indigenous people with the tools they need to take control.

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At Barayamal, we believe that First Nations Entrepreneurship can change the world for the better.


We solve problems and grow ventures through First Nations Entrepreneurship.


We create digital products, tools and services.

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.

How to Support Indigenous Australians: A Guide to Charities

Indigenous Australians face unique challenges and struggles, and supporting charities that work to improve their lives can make a significant difference.

In this guide, we’ll highlight some of the top Australian Indigenous charities and provide information on how you can get involved and make a positive impact.

Understand the Issues Facing Indigenous Australians

Before you can effectively support Indigenous Australians, it’s important to understand the challenges they face. These include high rates of poverty, poor health outcomes, and a lack of access to education and employment opportunities.

Additionally, Indigenous Australians have experienced a long history of discrimination and marginalisation, which has contributed to ongoing social and economic disparities.

By educating yourself on these issues, you can better understand how to support Indigenous Australians and make a positive impact.

Research Charities That Support Indigenous Australians

There are many charities that work to support Indigenous Australians and address the challenges they face. Some of these organisations focus on providing education and employment opportunities, while others work to improve health outcomes or address social and economic disparities.

Before donating to a charity, it’s important to do your research and ensure that the organisation is reputable and effective.

Look for charities that have a clear mission and track record of success, and consider reaching out to the organisation directly to learn more about their work and how you can help.

Choose a Charity That Aligns With Your Values

When choosing a charity to support, it’s important to consider your personal values and beliefs. Look for organisations that align with your priorities and goals, whether that’s improving access to education, promoting cultural preservation, or addressing health disparities.

You may also want to consider the specific needs of the Indigenous communities you want to support, such as those living in remote areas or facing particular challenges like substance abuse or mental health issues.

By choosing a charity that resonates with your values, you’ll be more motivated to get involved and make a meaningful impact.

Donate Money or Time to the Charity

One of the most direct ways to support Indigenous Australians is to donate money or time to a charity that is working to improve their lives. Many charities rely on donations to fund their programs and services, which can include everything from providing education and healthcare to supporting cultural events and initiatives.

You can also volunteer your time to help with fundraising, events, or other activities that support the charity’s mission.

By giving back in this way, you can make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians and help promote positive change in their communities.

Spread Awareness and Encourage Others to Get Involved

In addition to donating money or time to charities that support Indigenous Australians, you can also help by spreading awareness and encouraging others to get involved.

Share information about the issues facing Indigenous Australians on social media, start conversations with friends and family members and participate in events or initiatives that promote Indigenous culture and history.

By raising awareness and encouraging others to take action, you can help to create a more supportive and inclusive society for Indigenous Australians.