Opening The Doors Foundation

The Opening the Doors Foundation is an Aboriginal-led community organisation supporting educational opportunities for Aboriginal children. Through financial support and advocacy, the Foundation strives to enable students to participate fully and equally in education, and supports Aboriginal families to make their own choices about their children’s future. The Foundation believes that education and consistent support are key to raising confidence and realising dreams of the next generation.


Educational opportunities are realised by meeting the costs of uniforms, school books, excursions, music lessons, curriculum extension experiences to remote Aboriginal communities, and overseas travel to improve language skills, where a language other than English is being studied, and/or to offer experiences of other cultures and ways of life.


The Opening the Doors Foundation was launched on 4th August, 2001 – the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. In the first year the Foundation supported 32 students across Victoria and has steadily grown ever since. In 2019 The Foundation has supported over 800 students. As we nurture our partnerships with schools and the community, we expect to continue this growth into the future.

Structure of the Foundation

We are governed by eight Trustees, with Aboriginal Trustees in the majority. We have two co-patrons representing the Aboriginal and wider communities, respectively. The Foundation holds DGR status and the charity tick of approval of ACNC.


It is the intention of the Opening the Doors Foundation that the Indigenous youth of Victoria will be proud of what it does in offering them an educational opportunity that will make a real and tangible diffierence in their lives.


The Foundation covers the extra costs associated with schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families where costs are not otherwise funded by government or other educational funding sources, such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other school associated costs.


The Opening the Doors Foundation was launched on 4 August 2001 – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.


In 2008 the Opening the Doors Foundation received a grant from the Brotherhood of St Laurence to create a DVD to showcase the work of the Foundation in the Victorian community. It lets the people who receive funding, or those involved in ways such as community Elders or Koorie Educators give their view on the importance of the Foundation. So whether you are considering donating, thinking about applying, a regular donor or supporter watch the video

So here's a few examples of how your generous donations make make a difference:

$800 funds a secondary students booklist for a year
$750 dresses a student in their winter uniform
$500 covers extra tuition for VCAL subjects
$450 provides musical instruments and/or lessons
$300 sends a student on school camp
$250 provides a calculator for a secondary student
$120 provides a new pair of school or gym shoes
$90 supplies a student with a new school bag
$50 buys a school hat


The office of the Opening the Doors foundation is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung People of the Kulin Nations. Opening the Doors Foundation acknowledges the traditional owners of ancestral lands across Australia. Respecting Elders past and present and local Aboriginal Custodians.


Phone 03 9443 9070



434 St Georges Rd
Thornbury VIC 3071




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