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Giving and Volunteering

Employee Giving and Volunteering

Our employees are passionate about being active in the community. Be it providing support to residents in an aged care facility, undertaking habitat protection or conservation work or helping to re-build homes lost to bush fires - AGL employees have lent a helping hand.

AGL publicly reports on our target for Employee Volunteering participation as part of our annual Sustainability Report.

In FY2016, 21% of the workforce recorded a volunteering leave day. Despite falling short of our target of 35%, we are proud that this represented over 5,300 hours being given to the community by our people

AGL provides paid workdays for employees to volunteer their time and skills to a community group or cause of their choice.

As well as delivering genuine social outcomes for the communities in which our people live and work, volunteering is making an important contribution within AGL in engaging employees, encouraging teamwork and developing leadership skills.

What our people say

The Customer Operations team at Melbourne Zoo

"Everyone that spent some time at the zoo reported having a fantastic day and really appreciated being able to see the results of their efforts" - Accounts Receivable Manager, Hayley Strauss.

Procurement Team at St Vincent de Paul

"It was great to get out with the team and do something meaningful and the hard labour was something truly to bond over." - Procurement Systems Coordinator, Nicola Deal.

The Finance Team out with the Victoria National Parks Association in Emerald

"Volunteering was not only fun but also rewarding. Great team work ensured a fantastic result for our efforts and most importantly VNPA were thrilled with our achievement on the day." - Management Accountant, Mariana Urosevic

Employee Giving

AGL offers employees the opportunity to donate to our charity partners through payroll giving. This means people can donate a portion of their pay to support causes that they are passionate about.

AGL also matches all payroll donations dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling the impact of our employee's donations!

Our charity partners have been determined through employee surveys and incorporate our strategic partners and long-term community sponsorships.

In FY 2016, AGL employees raised $190,700 for our charity partners through payroll giving and funds matched by AGL.

Fundraising events

AGL employees also have a proud track record of fundraising for our charity partners. In FY 2016 alone, AGL employees with matching Energy for Life donations, raised more than $84,400 through fundraising events for our charity partners.

Some events we participated in include: Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, RSPCA Cupcake day and beyondblue bashes.

Charities supported under the program include


Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO), providing a rescue and rehabilitation service for our incredibly unique Australian marine wildlife species. AMWRRO is the only organisation in South Australia licensed to rescue, rehabilitate and release all seals, seabirds, and sea turtle species. They also work in conjunction with state departments to rescue and release dolphins and whales that are found entangled, injured, or beached.


beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, to bring together their expertise around depression.


As Australia's peak national non-government cancer control organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. Cancer Council’s vision is to minimise the threat of cancer to Australians, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.


CARE Australia, the Australian face of overseas aid, is a non-religious, non-political organisation that provides humanitarian assistance to serve the poorest individuals and families in the world. CARE Australia is part of CARE International, providing projects in sustainable development, health support, general education and environmental rehabilitation. Together, CARE international supported more than 1,000 projects in 69 countries in 2007 delivering aid to over 40 million beneficiaries.


The Julian Burton Burns Trust is Australia's leading non-profit organisation dedicated to burn injury. We are committed to influencing social change to reduce the incidence and impact of burn injury. Burn injury is one of the top 3 causes of accidental death in children under five years of age and is one of the 3 most common injuries suffered by an Australian each year.


The RSPCA's mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. First founded in Victoria in 1871, The RSPCA now operates in every state and territory of Australia making it Australia's only truly national, non-government, animal welfare charity.


The St Vincent de Paul Society is a national volunteer-based charity whose members reach out to the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our community. The Society supports individuals and families experiencing hardship through crisis accommodation services, shopfront centres, home visitation programs, soup vans and a variety of programs including immediate financial relief for those in crisis, budget counselling, aged care facilities, homelessness programs and disability services.


Affectionately known as 'The Salvos', The Salvation Army is one of the largest and most visible providers of care and social service to the Australian community, assisting more than 1 million people every year. AGL and employees distribute their support across two of their most important programs: Money Care is the financial counselling arm of The Salvation Army which works face to face with clients to provide basic financial counselling and advice. Orana Lodge provides safe and secure emergency accommodation for women and children who are homeless or fleeing domestic violence.


The Smith Family is a national charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Smith Family believes that education has the power to transform lives, not just minds. As research has shown, supporting a child’s education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring they can access the same learning opportunities as their peers. Through The Smith Family, Australians can sponsor a disadvantaged child’s education, or donate to provide vital education and learning support designed to help children break free of the cycle of disadvantage.


WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption



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