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> Why is Ganbina better than other Indigenous programs?

> Are you just a job placement agency?

> Why do you set yourself such high goals?

> Is Ganbina staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

> Why should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive
   special treatment?

> Where do you get your statistics from?


Why is Ganbina better than other Indigenous programs?

Ganbina is unique in Australia in that it engages with Indigenous youth throughout their crucial development years, from primary school through to secondary school, to tertiary or jobs training and into sustainable employment and career paths.

Most importantly, Ganbina has one single purpose in mind – to help our youth realise their full potential – and we never waiver from that purpose. Everything we do, from our strategic planning, to our program development, to our day to day activities, is aligned to that purpose.

Evidence over a long period of time has proven that this approach delivers outstanding results that are unmatched by other programs in the sector.

We also recognise that to deliver outstanding results, both for the children we work with and for the sponsors who invest in us, we need to operate as an outstanding organisation.

For this reason, Ganbina is run on best practice business principles with strong leadership, sound systems and processes, highly qualified staff, transparent financial and reporting procedures and extensive internal and external review processes.


Are you just a job placement agency for young people?

Ganbina is so much more than just a job placement agency.

Our process is to help young Indigenous people to develop their life skills and career direction over the course of their school age years so that they are able to sustain themselves in employment when they reach adulthood.

Every young person that we work with is on their own individual journey. We are there to support them and encourage them, but in no way rush them into something that they are not prepared for.

While employment is a key indicator of our success, the young people who go into employment through our program go there because they want to be there, not because they have been forced there. Ganbina makes sure our participants are both motivated and work ready.


Why do you set yourself such high goals?

Ganbina sets a minimum KPI of 80 per cent for all our programs which is at least double those of any other state or national programs in the field.

We do this because we want our children to be the very best they can be and to achieve these high goals, we need to strive for the highest levels of performance from our own staff.


Is Ganbina staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

A majority of our staff working with young people in schools are Indigenous and on the administrative side, that figure is 75 per cent of our leadership team. 

However, there is no hard and fast rule about this. In general, we employ people who have the demonstrated ability to do their job skillfully and engage well with the youth and families they work with, regardless of their heritage, age or gender.


Why should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive special treatment?

A good education, a meaningful job and financial independence are the basic human rights of all Australians.

Unfortunately, a combination of historical events and government practices have created a situation where equality does not exist for everyone today. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lost their vision and their culture and do not have the right skills to be able to create a positive future for themselves.

Ganbina aims to give Indigenous youth the skills and support they need to access the educational opportunities available to them, to train for a career which matches their potential and ultimately become financially independent.

By empowering them in this way, these young people will go on to live more fulfilling lives themselves and will become agents of sustainable change within their own communities.


Where do you get your statistics from?

The statistics on this website are drawn from a number of sources including:

  • SVA Consulting: Ganbina Impact Assessment Report 2016.
  • PwC’s Indigenous Consulting: Measuring the Value of Ganbina’s Programs 2015.
  • SVA Consulting: Ganbina Social Return on Investment Report 2012.
  • Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health & Welfare: Australia’s Welfare 2015.
  • Australian Government: Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Reports 2015 & 2017.


 “Ganbina is always there to listen, help and go above and beyond.”

Ganbina participant