Community Partners

VenuesWest selects a handful of charities each year to assist them meet their objectives with a range of benefits.

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Giving back to the community

In early 2016, VenuesWest established the VenuesWest Community Partners Program, which saw us join with a small and specific group of charity organisations for the 2016/17 financial year offering tailored opportunities and benefits to assist them in achieving their core objectives.

Three WA charities have received invaluable support as part of VenuesWest's successful Community Partners Program in 2023/24. Partnerships with Good Sammy and Asthma WA were renewed until June 2024, while a new partnership with What Ability was established until June 2025.

Expressions of Interest for new Community Partners:

Now in its ninth year, VenuesWest is seeking expressions of interest for the 2024/25 program. The group of chosen charities will receive the benefits for two years (until the 2026/27 financial year). The contracts and benefits for each of the successful VenuesWest Community Partners will be reviewed at the end of each year. 

As part of the VenuesWest Community Partners Program, the benefits to the successful charities will include: 

  • A monthly donation from the VenuesWest staff free dress initiative alternating between each selected charity. (Once every three or four months).

  • Acknowledgment as a Community Partner through VenuesWest marketing channels. For example, digital screen network, website and social media. 

  • The cost of venue hire waived for one charity event per year to be held at a VenuesWest self-managed venue. 

  • Provision of event tickets at a VenuesWest venue for fundraising purposes. 

  • Provision of event tickets to use on a case-by-case basis (subject to availability). 

  • Promotion of campaigns and events through the VenuesWest database. 

  • Opportunities for VenuesWest employees to support the charity by volunteering/assisting. 

  • Speaking opportunity at either a VenuesWest Stakeholder Breakfast or CEO Forum. 


EOI Process

VenuesWest invites all interested Western Australian registered charities situated in the Perth metropolitan area to submit an EOI. 

During the EOI process, a small group of charities will be chosen based on their merits including alignment with VenuesWest’s vision, purpose and objectives, commitment to the charity within their local community and their accessibility to receive such benefits as stipulated above. 

VenuesWest may contact respondents after the closing date and time to discuss the community partner outcome, or VenuesWest’s plans or needs generally. VenuesWest may take views or feedback provided by respondents in their EOI into account when developing any future request related to the community outcome. 

How to Lodge an EOI 

To lodge a valid EOI, you must complete and submit the Response Form below. 

When completing the Response Form, assume VenuesWest has no knowledge of your organisation, its activities, experience or any previous work undertaken by your organisation. 

EOI closes: 5:00pm, Friday 31 May 2024

Response Form

Is the Respondent located within the Perth metropolitan area?

Is the Respondent a not-for-profit entity and registered?

Does the Respondent support or have a direct link to an indigenous program?

Please provide significant information about your charity and your charity’s involvement in your local community.

How will the VenuesWest Community Partners Program and its benefits (listed above) assist your charity?

Are there any specific activities that your charity is currently involved in that VenuesWest’s benefits could assist with? Please provide specific information regarding the activities.

Are you open to cross-promotion opportunities with VenuesWest and do you have the resources to provide VenuesWest with appropriate content?

Are there any circumstances or arrangements that could be perceived to constitute an actual or potential conflict of interest with VenuesWest? If yes, please provide detail of the actual or potential conflict of interest, and the Respondent’s strategy for managing it:

The response form is designed to demonstrate your organisation’s capacity and/or experience. Please feel free to include relevant examples or case studies.

Thank you for expressing interest in the VenuesWest Community Partner Program. This confirms we have received your response. A member of the team will be in touch in the weeks following the closing date, May 31.


Asthma WA

Asthma WA provides free, personalised clinical diagnosis, education and support to people impacted by respiratory conditions in WA to live their best quality of life.

Comments attributed to Asthma WA Chief Executive Officer:

“We are delighted to be a community partner of VenuesWest. Our team at Asthma WA are all supporting a better quality of life. Many families come to us having experienced regular hospitalisations, extended absenteeism from school or work and an inability to participate in sports or physical activity.

“Through our partnership, we receive not only financial support for our fundraising initiatives to help deliver our services but have been able to provide tickets to some of our amazing families impacted by asthma. Many of our families would never have experienced any of the brilliant sporting events or concert at the VenuesWest locations. The access to these world class experiences has quite literally, been a game changer for families who have spent years struggling with the impact of their respiratory condition. The partnership truly supports our aim of supporting a better quality of life.”

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Good Sammy

Good Sammy creates employment opportunities and pathways for people with disability. Through their large network of social enterprises, Good Sammy is able to offer a broad range of jobs and work experience placements for people of all abilities, and service the needs of the wider WA business community.

Comments attributed to Kane Blackman, Good Sammy Chief Executive Officer:

"While 30,000 shoppers visit our stores weekly, most people do not know that over 40% of our workforce are Western Australians with disability.

“Nor do they realise that we provide other valuable services to the community, from helping businesses with disability employment and inclusion, to providing important supply chain delivery and recycling services through our logistics social enterprise.

 “This wonderful partnership with VenuesWest will help to increase awareness within Government, business, and the community of the importance of disability employment and enhanced economic participation of people with disability.”

What Ability Foundation

What Ability Foundation is an Australian NFP charity that unlocks ticketed experiences for people living with a disability and their families. 

The charity was established by former NRL player, Steve Dresler, to fund and facilitate experiences for people living with a disability or diminished capacity and their families across Australia.

What Ability Foundation is a passionate team who believes every person should have access to the community, because an inclusive community is a community for everyone.

Comments attributed to Steve Dresler, Founder of What Ability Foundation:

“I am so proud to see our Foundation partner with VenuesWest! Together, we'll unlock unforgettable experiences, creating memories that will truly last a lifetime for so many families living in WA.

"With VenuesWest by our side over the next two years, we will have access to world-class venues and a passionate team who share our vision. Together, we will do extraordinary things because an inclusive community is a community for everyone!"

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Learn more about our former Community Partners:

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St Catherine's Dandjoo Darbalung

St Catherine’s College is a residential college with two locations on the University of Western Australia and Curtin University campuses. St Cat’s is more than just student accommodation, it’s a home away from home.

St Catherine's offer comprehensive support for their residents, including academic tutoring, free gym membership, wellness support and a full calendar of social events so that students can get the most out of their time at College.

St Catherine’s is also home to two flagship programs, Dandjoo Darbalung and the Centre for Youth Innovation.

The Dandjoo Darbalung program provides various community and support services for Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander students in Perth. Dandjoo Darbalung means 'mixing together' the fresh water and salt mixes in the Swan estuary across from the College.

OzHarvest WA

Founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004 after noticing the huge volume of food going to waste, OzHarvest quickly grew to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Food is at OzHarvest's core, saving surplus food from ending up in landfill and delivering it to charities that help feed people in need.

OzHarvest are committed to halving food waste by 2030, inspiring and influencing others to do the same, and transforming lives through education. The challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared by all which needs all of us to play our part.  OzHarvest believe food is just too precious to waste and every time we throw something away, it’s literally costing us the earth.

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