2018 Workplace Giving Awards – entries are open!

23 July 2018

  • Program to celebrate generosity of working Australians
  • Australian Government Department of Social Services to sponsor ‘Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership’ category
  • Three new Award categories announced
  • All employers and charities invited to participate

Entries are open to the 2018 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards.

Now in its third year, the program has quickly established a position as a highly anticipated annual event with previous winners including Australia Post, BHP, CommBank, JB Hi-Fi, SEEK, Redkite and The Smith Family.

This year the Awards campaign introduces its first sponsor, with the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) signing on to support the ‘Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership Award’.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said, “Australians have a long and proud history of donating their time and money to worthy causes, with an estimated 8.7 million volunteers regularly giving their skills, services and time to make life better for others in their community. The Turnbull Government is supporting volunteers through the $20 million Volunteer Grants round, which will help pay for the cost of essential items to make the work of volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable.”

“Businesses are also getting into the spirit of giving and these awards will recognise the organisations and charities that are working to help others” Mr Tehan added.

Jenny Geddes, CEO, Workplace Giving Australia (formerly The Australian Charities Fund) said, “Government support for workplace giving, as the most effective way for working Australians to donate, is absolutely vital. In 2014, we were grateful to have Prime Minister Turnbull launch the One Million Donors campaign. It’s wonderful to be able to continue this relationship with the government as we strive towards our goal to see a million Australians giving through work, which will create a much more efficient and ethical giving landscape.”

Three new Award categories have been added to the 2018 program:

  • Best Pro-Bono / Workplace Volunteering: Open to employers that enable staff to give back to the community through time and / or skills.
  • Most Unique Innovation: For an idea, approach or product that has the potential to transform workplace giving in Australia. Open to employers, charities or suppliers.
  • Best Launch / Refresh (by a charity): For a charity that has launched a new workplace giving offering to employers or revitalised an existing one.

For more information or to enter the Awards, visit www.1MDonors.org.au


  • Entries open: 16 July
  • Entries close: 24 August (5pm AEST)
  • Finalists announced: October
  • Presentation event: 20 November (Sydney)


Full list of categories:

  • Best Overall Program
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by an employer)
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by a charity)
  • Best Pro-Bono / Workplace Volunteering
  • Best Public Sector Program
  • Most Unique Innovation
  • Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership – sponsored by The Department of Social Services

About the Awards
The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign to see a million working Australians donating to charity through work by 2020. Spearheaded by Workplace Giving Australia (formerly The Australian Charities Fund) and launched by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, the campaign is now in its fifth year and supported by leading employers, charities and community organisations.

Kelly Gentle, Workplace Giving Australia
Phone: 02 9024 8630