AFL Cape York House Foundation

Building Positive Futures for young Indigenous Australians

To build an enduring program we have established AFL Cape York House Foundation to support the work of AFL Cape York Ltd, particularly AFL Cape York House. The Foundation’s purpose is to ‘relieve the poverty, suffering, distress, misfortune and helplessness experience by Indigenous people including through the delivery of residential and outreach programs…

The Foundation is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and registered with the Australian Not for Profit and Charities Commission.

Our long-term goal is to build a capital base that will enable us to undertake forward planning with certainty and to lessen our dependence on annual funding. We also aim to build transition accommodation and provide support to our students after they graduate.

In the short term we are seeking support for vital education and wellbeing programs undertaken annually at AFL Cape York House. These include:

Establishing an Education Fund to assist students not eligible for ABSTUDY         $60,000
Purchase of essential School supplies, equipment and support activities $20,000
Personal Student tuition $20,000
Student related travel (return to community, family reunion visits, welfare related travel, staff accompanying younger students, etc) $20,000
Student Support Coordinator   $40,000

Inspiring Success

The highly personalised, nurturing environment provided at AFL Cape York House has enabled our students to succeed.

Since 2013, 21 students have completed Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education, a 100% completion rate which compares favourably with the state average for Indigenous students of 66%. Of those who have completed Year 12, 25% are studying at University and the remaining students who have completed Year 12 are either working fulltime or participating in further study.

School attendance has consistently been between 90-96% across all years and the annual retention rate in 2015 and 2016 was 97%.

Sustaining Opportunity

We are proud of the achievements of our students and keen to ensure that we can continue to create opportunities, build capacity and deliver positive outcomes for our young people so that they have a rewarding life and can contribute to the wellbeing of their own community and the broader Australian community.

The majority of our students are eligible for ABSTUDY (meaning the combined income of their parents is less than $44,000) which covers most of their living expenses at AFL Cape York House. However, our individual case-management approach, through our three pillars of Education, Wellbeing and Careers & Transition, and our determination to provide a truly holistic experience for all our students requires additional funding.

It is also evident that our students do not have the resources to cover the basic equipment and supplies required to successfully undertake secondary study or to participate in school activities.

Our governance and structures are robust and this has enabled us to secure funding from Local, State and Federal governments. The AFL continues to be a major supporter and we have also benefited from the support of sponsors and a small number of donors.

We value this support which has helped our students achieve so much and we believe it is important for us to be proactive and to build a sustainable funding base that will allow many more students to enjoy the same benefits and the opportunity for a positive future.

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Meet the Board

Dean Warren – Chairperson/Director

Dean Warren is the current AFL Queensland Chief Executive Officer. Mr Warren has a Graduate Certificate of Business (Sports Management) and completed the AFL Senior Leaders Program at the Melbourne Business School ‑ Mt Eliza. Dean spent 14 years managing participation, talent and community programs in Queensland as Regional Development Manager then State Development Manager. In 2010 Dean was the Brisbane Lions General Manager ‑ Football Operations overseeing all aspects of the Football Department including coaching and development, physical performance and medical, list management, football administration, player welfare and education.

Rick Hanlon – Director (OAM)

Rick is employed by AFL Queensland as General Manager, AFL Cape York Ltd. Rick first arrived in Cairns in 1998 to take up the Regional Development Manager position which he held for eight years. Originally from Tasmania, Rick worked in AFL game development for over 25 years and with the support of AFL Cairns Juniors has witnessed excellent growth in AFL throughout the Far North. Rick received life membership of AFL Cairns Juniors in 2008 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2017.

Tanya Hosch – Director

Tanya Hosch is the General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL. Ms Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Indigenous policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2nd woman in their Executive ranks in August this year, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform. At the AFL Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council, reviewing the Respect and Responsibility Policy and implementing the AFL’s Gender Action Plan. Tanya was recently appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Group of the NAB and is a Board Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and a member of the Referendum Council. In addition, Tanya is the Independent Chair of Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting.

Del Lythall – Secretary

Del has 36 years administration experience, having commenced working as the receptionist with AFL Cairns in 1989 then as Secretary/Manager of AFL Cairns Juniors in 2000 until 2006. Del was awarded a life membership with AFL Cairns Juniors in 2009. Del has a long and successful background with Women’s Softball in North Queensland from 1972 ‑ 1999 having been awarded a Queensland Softball Association Service Award and a Life Member of Cairns and District Softball Association in 1999 and a Softball Australia Service Award in 2003. Del was awarded life membership with AFL Cape York Limited in 2018.

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The Vision:

To build an enduring program that supports initiatives which create opportunity, capacity and outcomes for Indigenous youth.

AFL Cape York House Foundation Ltd
45 - 61 Tills Street, Westcourt
Cairns 4870

PO Box 143, Manunda 4870
Phone: (07) 4054 5199
Fax: (07) 4054 5399

ABN: 98 614 015 824