On the 11th March 1981 the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Islander Housing Co-operative Society Limited was first incorporated. The Co-op, as it was referred, was initiated as the result of a successful local movement of Aboriginal people on the Gold Coast lobbying for affordable housing to help those in need. The Co-op was granted a number of homes, by the federal Government, that were offered for rent to community members under an affordable housing scheme. In 1993 the company employed an aged care worker, community worker and health worker and began delivering a small range of aged care support, transported community to the Brisbane Aboriginal Health Service and community support services.
Kalwun Development Corporation Ltd was incorporated in 1994 and took over the operations of the Co-op. Kalwun is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled corporation which is governed by elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Directors and one Independent Director. Since its inception, Kalwun has proven to be a highly reputable and professional company within south-east Queensland. Kalwun has actively partnered with the Elders, community, funders and key stakeholders to improve a wide range of outcome for all people.
The company currently delivers and facilitates access to doctors, allied health services, dental services, community health programs, child protection initiatives, family support services, foster and kinship care support, early education programs, playgroups, aged care and disability support, in-home care, day respite, emergency relief and community housing and housing support. Kalwun is also the parent-company to Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.