Origin Energy Foundation recognised for commitment to philanthropy support

“Giving money away is easy. It’s called charity. Giving money with a purpose is harder. It’s called philanthropy and that’s what our Foundation does,” explained the head of the Origin Energy Foundation, Sean Barrett.

The Origin Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Origin, founded in 2010. Partnering with a range of non-profit organisations, our Foundation supports programs that use education to help young people become the best they can be.

One such partnership, with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has won this year’s award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education at the Business Higher Education Round Table awards.

QUT developed the Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools (ETDS) program in 2009, to prepare its most talented education students for teaching at low socio-economic status schools across Queensland.

Over 90 per cent of the teachers from the program have been successfully employed in teaching positions in low socio-economic schools, validating the program’s effectiveness in both preparing and encouraging students to work in schools where they can make the most difference. ETDS graduates are in high demand.

With a $2 million grant from the Origin Energy Foundation, the program is now being scaled nationally, to the University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of South Australia and Deakin University. Several more Australian universities will follow over the coming two years.


“The strategic nature of our partnership with QUT and the long-term positive impact of getting the best teachers, in the neediest schools, impressed the judges.”- Sean Barrett, Head of the Foundation


Sean Barrett said “the strategic nature of our partnership with QUT and the long-term positive impact of getting the best teachers, in the neediest schools, impressed the judges.”

Find out more about the Origin Energy Foundation via their website, and watch stories of education success from the young people we’re proud to support.

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