Government funding and relationships

The fiscal environment remains tight at both the federal level and across most states and territories, while competition for government funding continues to grow. Towards the end of the financial year we faced additional funding uncertainty due to the long federal election period, with caretaker conventions preventing any new major tenders or contracts from progressing at that time.

Despite these challenges, we secured funding of $800,000 for a two-year contract from the Department of Social Services to enhance belonging and participation for migrants in transition. The renewal of our Humanitarian Agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also provided a $28.8 million multi-year partnership, supporting investment in Asia-Pacific Red Cross partners to prepare for disasters and reduce risks. The certainty provided by this multi-year agreement allows us and our partners to plan for longer-term outcomes and impact. We also secured a number of longer-term contracts with state and territory government departments this year.

Following the commencement of our new CEO, Judy Slatyer in February 2016, we have taken the opportunity to renew and deepen our relationships with ministers and members of parliament. By engaging with governments, we aim to positively influence humanitarian policies and decisions at the highest levels.

In 2016/2017 we will continue this influencing agenda, backed by stronger reporting of the impact of our work and evidence-based policy proposals. We will also be promoting our revised Strategy 2020 goals and outcomes, seeking to direct government priorities to reflect our goals and outcomes. We will continue to proactively seek out government funding opportunities where they align with our goals and will look for more partnerships across government, corporate and other sectors.

Corporate partners

We are proud to work with the business community to support the most vulnerable people in Australia and overseas. Not confined solely to financial support, the benefits of these partnerships extend to in-kind support, corporate volunteering and participation in fundraising campaigns. Increasingly we hope to develop partnerships with both financial and nonfinancial outcomes.

Our partners include ALDI, who this year joined forces with us to promote access to sufficient, affordable and healthy food. The partnership is a multi-year agreement that involves a minimum commitment of $300,000 every year, enabling people to gain the knowledge and skills to provide healthy meals for themselves and their family, manage household food budgets and add healthy eating into their overall lifestyle. We look forward to increased outcomes with the support of Insurance Australia Group Limited, who recently provided $1.2 million in funding for the coming years.

Corporate partners donated $2.4 million to support our work in Australia and overseas

Thank you to the following corporate partners which provided over $50,000 in support this year:

    Global partners
  • Land Rover

  • Community partners
  • ALDI
  • Bank of Queensland
  • Clubs Australia
  • The Cheesecake Shop
  • Country Road
  • First National Foundation
  • Inpex
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kathmandu
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Medibank Community Fund
  • Sanitarium
  • Super Retail Group
  • Thankyou Group
  • Uber
  • WorleyParsons

  • Emergency and disaster response supporters
  • ANZ
  • Coles
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Flight Centre
  • Insurance Australia Group Limited
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • NAB
  • Westpac

Workplace giving

We are grateful to over 229 workplace giving partners and their employees who this year contributed more than $1.1 million to our work. Through workplace giving we receive funding not just from individual employees who contribute regular donations through their pre-tax pay, but also from many employers who choose to match their employees’ contributions.

We would like to acknowledge our top 10 workplace giving partners, who contribute 40% of our total income in this area:

  1. ANZ
  2. Telstra Corporation
  3. Lion
  4. BHP Billiton
  5. Westpac
  6. NAB
  7. PWC
  8. King & Wood Mallesons
  9. Insurance Australia Group Limited
  10. AMP

Trusts, foundations and private ancillary funds

Support from trusts and foundations totalled more than $2.4 million, while support from private ancillary funds saw a 29% rise this year.

Generous grants and gifts were received for pilot projects and the continuation of key services. For example, John T Reid Charitable Trusts are enabling a two-year pilot of the Irish Prison Service’s successful CommunityBased Health and First Aid program at Townsville Correctional Facility; while an almost $950,000 grant from Perpetual will support evaluative research of this pilot as well as other sites running the program.

We extend our thanks to the following trusts, foundations and private ancillary funds which each contributed over $20,000 in 2015/2016:

  • AN Carmichael Memorial Fund (managed by Equity Trustees)
  • Bloomfield Group Foundation
  • Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation
  • Cameron Foundation
  • The Charles Bateman Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)
  • Clayton Utz Foundation
  • Colin Bisdee Trust (managed by Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees)
  • Collier Charitable Fund
  • Douglas & Phillip Young Charitable Trust
  • Enid Irwin Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)
  • The Enigma Charitable Trust
  • The Ernest Heine Family Foundation
  • Evolhope Trust
  • Fred & Vi Lean Charitable Trust (managed by Equity Trustees)
  • Fred P Archer Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)
  • Gandel Philanthropy
  • Gladys Myrtle Brown Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)
  • Goldie Knight Foundation
  • Harcourts Foundation
  • Inpex Operations Australia
  • The John and Beryl May Henderson Foundation (managed by Perpetual)
  • John T Reid Charitable Trusts
  • Lady Proud Foundation
  • Lord Mayor’s Community Trust (Brisbane)
  • Maple-Brown Family Foundation
  • Mazda Foundation
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation
  • NAB Community Grants
  • Patrick Brennan (managed by Perpetual)
  • Percy Baxter Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)
  • Perpetual Foundation – Eddy Dunn Endowment
  • Perpetual Foundation – The Jean and Redvers Dunbar Charitable Foundation
  • Perpetual Trustees
  • Philandron Foundation
  • Profield Foundation
  • The R E Ross Trust
  • The Reuben Meyer Trust Fund
  • Scanlon Foundation
  • Sisters of St John of God
  • The Stan Perron Charitable Trust
  • Susan Harris Foundation
  • Therapon Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees)
  • William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund
  • William Wyper Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual)

5 multi-year contracts worth more than $2.1 million combined were secured from trusts and foundations

Acknowledging our partners and government funders

Aid worker Leanne Marshall makes a furry friend while working in Fiji. After Cyclone Winston left thousands of people homeless, Leanne trained local Red Cross volunteers how to build temporary shelters, equipping them to spread the knowledge through their communities.

The following government agencies provided $1 million or more to support our services, or our delivery of government services during the 2015/2016 financial year.

    Commonwealth Government

  • Department of Health
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Social Services
  • New South Wales Government

  • Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)
  • Department of Family and Community Services
  • NSW Health

  • Transport for NSW
  • Queensland Government
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Employment
  • Tasmanian Government

  • Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Equal Opportunity Tasmania
  • Government of Western Australia

  • Department for Child Protection
  • Department of Health
  • Disability Services Commission

The following organisations contributed over $100,000 to our work in the 2015/2016 financial year, in the form of grants, service contracts and donations.

  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Country to Coast Primary Health Network (Partners In Recovery)
  • The Smith Family