Partnering with charities


Sydney Airport is proud to partner with a range of local, state and national charities to make a difference to the communities surrounding the airport, in Sydney and New South Wales.

As part of our Community Engagement Strategy, Sydney Airport has developed strong relationships with charitable organisations that deliver vital services to those in our communities who need it most. 

Charity grants

Applications are now closed for the 2015 Sydney Airport Charity Grants. 

Successful applicants will be notified in October. 

Sydney Airport holds an annual lost property auction of unclaimed items left at the airport, with all proceeds going to charity.

Our 2014 auction raised a record $154,000 for charitable organisations providing services for communities around Sydney Airport and the wider community. This year, we are inviting charities to submit an application to receive an allocation of the proceeds from the 2015 Sydney Airport Lost Property Charity Auction with the chosen charities announced prior to the auction in November.

Four charities will be chosen and announced as the recipients of the proceeds raised through the lost property charity auction. 

Sydney Airport has identified the following eligibility criteria as a requirement of charities applying for a funding request through the Sydney Airport Lost Property Charity Auction:

  1. The charity must clearly identify its mission and purpose under one of the following categories:
    • Health
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Families in need
  2. The charity must utilise the funding for a  project or initiative within New South Wales
  3. The charity must outline how the proceeds will be used to help the community
  4. The initiative and/or project must be a local or state-based program that is making a difference to the community it operates within

Recent charity partners

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Sydney Airport partnered with the St George and Sutherland Shire based Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation for the first time in 2013. The charity coordinates camps to provide respite for children and teenagers who carry out primary carer roles in their families. In 2014, the charity received $20,000 from Sydney Airport to support its camps program.

Motor Neurone Disease Australia

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept social media in 2014 and Sydney Airport also got on board with this worthy cause. In August 2014, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport nominated Sydney Airport to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS). Sydney Airport donated $10,000 to Australian charity Motor Neurone Disease Australia in the spirit of the challenge. 

Rotary Australia

Sydney Airport and Rotary Australia maintain a strong relationship through various fundraising initiatives at the airport. Botany, Marrickville and Rockdale Rotary clubs collect donations from 15 collection bins across the international and domestic terminals to directly fund local community organisations and causes. Rotary is also a strong supporter of the airport’s annual Community Christmas Giving Appeal.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides support to Sydney Airport’s passengers, customers and staff through its chaplain based at the international terminal.

Sydney Airport supports The Salvos’ annual Red Shield Appeal to raise funds for people in need by enabling volunteers to collect public donations in the international and domestic terminals throughout the appeal. We also donated $30,000 to the appeal in 2014.

Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia

The Starlight Children’s Foundation works to brighten the lives of sick kids in Sydney and around Australia. Sydney Airport supported this worthy cause by donating $7,500 to the charity’s annual Starlight Day in 2014.

Youth Off The Streets

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are facing challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse. Sydney Airport donated $30,000 to Youth Off The Streets in 2014 to directly support young people in local communities.

Other charities and causes

Sydney Airport provides access to our terminals for charitable organisations to raise awareness of and collect donations for important causes, such as Daffodil Day, Legacy Week, Pink Ribbon Day and Starlight Day.

In June 2014, Sydney Airport celebrated Workplace Giving Month by launching its Workplace Donation Program for staff. Workplace giving is a convenient, efficient and positive way to support charities providing vital services to those living in our local community.

The Workplace Donation Program supports five charities including:

We also encourage our staff to support charitable and community activities, such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and the MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride. In 2014, a number of Sydney Airport staff participated in the Gong Ride and raised over $24,000 to support Australians living with multiple sclerosis.

Sydney Airport helps and facilitates our airline partners’ charitable initiatives by waiving landing fees, associated charges and providing free parking for charity flights including the Qantas Jumbo Joy Flight, the Qantas Pathfinders, and the Virgin Charity Flight supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

$30,000 for Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal