Workplace giving

A statewide Workplace Giving Program was introduced to public sector employees throughout 2013 and 2014. It lets employees voluntarily donate to specific charities through their payroll.

This is not a new arrangement. Employees have been supporters of charities through their payroll for many years. A review found that they donated approximately $3.03 million in 2011–12.

The charities for the program were chosen through a combination of employee surveys, research into current employee payroll giving, and consultation with employees. Nine charities agreed upon for the sector‑wide program were already receiving support from employees in some agencies. Some departments chose additional charities aligned with their particular interests and the priorities on their payroll options list.

The amount of workplace giving was estimated to be more than $4 million in 2013–14, an exceptionally commendable figure.

Proactive agency engagement with the broader community is one of the work practices most strongly associated with positive levels of engagement in the People Matter survey.

Table 4: Workplace Giving Program donations for 2013–14

Table 4 shows the number of donors and amount donated in 2013-14 as a dollar estimate for each cluster. Education and Communities had 15,527 donors who gave an estimated $2,250,033; Family and Community Services had 4,055 donors who gave an estimated $147,914; Health had 6,654 donors who gave an estimated $374,349; Justice had 9,712 donors who gave an estimated $1,032,930; Planning and Environment had 141 donors who gave an estimated $37,216; Premier and Cabinet had 135 donors who gave an estimated $19,206; Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services have not applicable responses; Transport had 878 donors who gave an estimated $137,028; Treasury and Finance had 217 donors who gave an estimated $36,939. The total across all clusters showed the total number of donors as 37,319 who gave an estimated $4,035,615.

 

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