ISF Australia

ISF helps some of the poorest children in Cambodia.  Its Education Programme helps over 700 children at two schools in Phnom Penh’s Stung MeanChey & Chbar Ampov districts. Its Football Programme delivers coaching, leagues & tournaments as well as social impact education to 3,500 disadvantaged boys and girls in Phnom Penh and 10 provinces.

ISF Australia (ISFA) was incorporated on 19 May 2008 to identify, finance and administer specific projects in Cambodia that complement this work. These projects are clearly identified as Australian to foster friendship between the two nations and encourage the participation of the general public in Australia.

ISFA is registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and has approval to operate as a charity and raise funds in all states and territories in Australia.  We have been granted Tier One Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and Income Tax Exemption by the Australian Taxation Office which means all donations are tax deductible. 

What We Do

ISF Australia administers and funds specific projects at ISF Cambodia.  Over the years, this has included the training of football coaches & support of football teams, English education, computer training, vocational training, support of the catch-up education program, community development & infrastructure improvement.


Our Catch-up Programme teaches two grades of the Khmer curriculum in one year. Once students reach the appropriate grade for their age, we  then support them to study at local state schools.

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Community Development

We work closely with communities where our students are in offering community/mobile libraries, vocational training, adult literacy courses, heath education, nutritional support, and much more.

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Our Catch-up Programme teaches two grades of the Khmer curriculum in one year. Once students reach the appropriate grade for their age, we  then support them to study at local state school.

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Along with of the above programmes and projects, we focus on the following:

Child Development

Through linking donors to opportunities to fund groups of children and by administering the Cambodian Kid’s Development Fund

Behavioural Education

Though the Football program by sponsoring Australian teams and using a bespoke football for social impact curriculum

Environmental Awareness

Through the development and implementation of a Plastics Free Cambodia initiative at our education centres

Life Skills

Through education & other projects under our Employment Support including our pilot Life Skills project

Economic Empowerment

Through our projects under Community Development we are offering economic empowerment for women and increased well-being among families


ISF Australia – Where our money goes:

For every A$1 we receive in donations, 97c goes directly into our programmes in Cambodia.

So, when you donate to ISF Australia, you can be sure that your gift will have the greatest impact possible.

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Cambodian Kids Education Fund

For an annual donation of A$500 you can give Cambodian children a chance at receiving a quality education. Through our Catch-up Education Programme, children who have never had the opportunity to go to school before will be taught two years of the Cambodian curriculum in one year for as long as it takes to get them to the right grade for their age and integrated into school. Once in state school, we’ll continue to support them by covering school fees, books and supplies, uniforms, extra classes (English and ICT), healthcare and much more.

As a member of the Cambodian Kids Education Fund your donation will play a part in providing a secure education to over 700 kids. You will receive:

  • Email updates from ISF students
  • Bi-annual and financial reports
  • Newsletters
  • An invitation to our annual presentation in Sydney relating to the charity’s activities

Our Stories

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Neil’s business career has encompassed the finance, precious metal and electronics industries as well as not-for-profit organisations operating in social welfare and medical research. He has lived and worked in six different countries.

As a Director of Indochina Starfish Foundation (Australia) Limited, Neil has facilitated ISF’s registration as a charity in Australia and assisted in the establishment of our projects in Cambodia.  He and his wife Louise visit Phnom Penh regularly to assist these projects and attend ISF football tournaments. Neil is also on the board of ISF in Cambodia.

Ben is a chartered accountant who returned to Australia in 2015 after 32 years in Hong Kong.  During this time he held senior financial positions with several companies operating across Asia Pacific including Cambodia.  He has been a supporter of ISF from its inception and is a strong believer in the ISF philosophy of facilitating development one child at a time.  Ben is an enthusiastic sailor and has served on a number of bodies working to develop the sport in particular with youth and the disabled.

After attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Strathclyde University, Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Glasgow in 1978. He then moved to Hong Kong later that year and spent the next 6 years with Price Waterhouse in audit. He moved into the corporate services area in 1984 when he joined the corporate services associate of HSBC as general manager and has been in this area ever since.

Jim left Hong Kong in 2006 to move to Sydney and has been a supporter of ISF and its soccer programme since that time. He is a regular visitor to Cambodia and participant in the various projects there.

Jim is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Contact Us

For all queries please contact Neil Cutler at:
Phone:+61 (0) 2 9231 6088
Address: GPO Box 5024, Sydney NSW 2001, AUSTRALIA

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