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“Ganbina pretty
much saved my life.
Without them, I would
have been going down the
wrong path entirely.”

Ganbina participant

Why we do it

It is a fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia are severely disadvantaged.

Many come from family backgrounds where long-term generational unemployment and welfare dependency are common.  As a result, most lack positive role models and the support they need to show them how to create a better future for themselves.

The facts are:

  • 43% of Indigenous first year primary school children have limited motor skills, or poor social and communications skills, or limited basic literacy and numeracy skills (vs 21% non-Indigenous children).


  • 38.5% of Indigenous children do not achieve Year 12 or its equivalent (vs. 13.6% non-Indigenous children).


  • 60% of Indigenous youth aged 17-24 are not engaged in post-school education, training or employment (vs. 25% non-Indigenous youth).


Ganbina empowers Indigenous children to successfully overcome the disadvantages they face so that they can achieve their full potential and go to on to live fulfilling, independent lives.