Clare O’Kelly has been a Director of All-iN Productions Pty Ltd for over 20 years. During that time All-iN Productions has been continuously engaged by government, community-controlled, philanthropic and business organisations to support community capacity building, economic development, employment and training programs with Aboriginal communities across Australia. The Company has a strong track record of engagement and collaboration with Aboriginal consultants and Aboriginal communities, including Traditional Owners and community-controlled organisations.
Clare was a key driver in forming the Outback Academy in 2013 with Aboriginal leaders from Victoria and Western Australia. Clare and her colleagues had become frustrated at the slow pace of investment and lack of attention to the core base infrastructure needs of start-up Aboriginal enterprises and organisations. Clare’s work over the past eight years has focused on supporting Aboriginal organisations to position themselves for sustainable business, training and employment. This work informed the establishment of the Outback Academy.
Clare brings a long-standing experience and understanding of the complexity for some of re-engagement in education, training and employment and start-up business enterprise. Her Masters in Education focused on the area of language, literacy and numeracy development including for Aboriginal and other young people. Today that experience has contributed to the development of the Outback Academy RESPECT employability skills program – with Outback Academy Aboriginal leaders and founding members Kevin Williams, Leanne Miller, Neville Atkinson, Mark Olive and Les Wallam. RESPECT includes Red Dust Healing program participation with founders Tom Powell and Randall Ross, and cultural strengthening with local communities.
Clare also brings a strong commitment to education and employment pathways for people with disability. Her first child Kathleen was the inspiration for All-iN Production’s most successful resource development project – All-IN Cooperative Education – Making Schools Work for Everyone, Curriculum Corporation 1991. Now 28 years of age, Kathleen supports the work of the Outback Academy Red Dust Heelers (disability awareness program) to encourage and engage Aboriginal and other Australians with disability to pursue education, employment, sports and recreation. More recently Clare was the lead researcher and writer for the Australian Government – Swinburne University project that informed and advised the establishment of a national disability network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (now the First Peoples Disability Network) – Building Culturally Secure Services for Indigenous Australians with a Disability (2007).