The Transfield Foundation has a history of support for the arts that began with the vision of Transfield’s Founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis to launch the Biennale of Sydney in 1973. It continues to support the Biennale for its inherently innovative and aspirational program of contemporary visual arts. The Foundation also has a long association with the internationally celebrated Australian Chamber Orchestra, a shining example of artistic excellence.

The Transfield Foundation is committed to supporting organisations that provide employment and education opportunities. Success in these areas helps individuals to reach their potential, gain self-esteem and achieve positive economic outcomes. The Transfield Foundation supports four national programs:

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience that matches university students as mentors for indigenous school students to support improved educational outcomes.

The Clontarf Foundation through its football programs engenders higher levels of participation in secondary schooling by young aboriginal men.

Through Career Trackers the Transfield Foundation supports Indigenous tertiary students undertaking internships with leading Australian businesses.

For Many Rivers Microfinance it provide operational funding that helps to grow new Indigenous enterprises across regional Australia.

The Foundation recognises the importance of renewable energy research and new technologies and has supported projects that seek to deliver practical and industry applicable outcomes. In 2012 the Transfield Foundation has funded projects by early career researchers that focus on innovation in resources management – research programs that help to provide solutions to long term, environmental and economic problems.

Grant recipients are: Jayashri Ravishankar and Robert Taylor through the University of NSW Foundation, Thomas Jeffries and Olivier Laczka from the University of Technology Sydney, and Mark Wiggins from Macquarie University.

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