In May 2013, Australia Post proudly launched its community program - Our Neighbourhood.
Our Neighbourhood aims to build on our ongoing commitment to the community, beyond our business operations and our role as a large employer.
Central to Our Neighbourhood is the theme of "inclusion" and our belief that serving the Australian community is our reason for being - as it has been for over 200 years. The notion of community service is ingrained in the daily operations of our business.
Through Our Neighbourhood, Australia Post will help build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities, through the following key areas of focus:
- providing all Australians with access to essential products and services - as well as the knowledge to use these services to connect in both the physical and digital world
- maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace that values the contribution made by people from varying backgrounds and neighbourhoods across our nation
- investing in programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia, and
- providing support to Australian communities in times of major crisis
Our Neighbourhood will come to life through our existing partnerships as well as a number of new initiatives such as grants, literacy programs, and new community products and services.
Our Neighbourhood National Community Partners
A key component of Our Neighbourhood has been the selection of the Our Neighbourhood National Community Partners. We have established strong and enduring relationships with 6 organisations who demonstrate leadership and have expertise in delivering community programs that build capability at both a national and local level.
The Our Neighbourhood National Community Partners are:
- Netball Australia
- The AFL
- The Pyjama Foundation
- Lifestyle Solutions
- Social Traders
Visit auspost.com.au/communitypartners to find out more.
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants
The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program encourages community organisations to apply for funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000.
The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program recognises the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people, and positively shaping our nation.
Projects will need to benefit the wider community, align with the key focus areas and primary audiences, and meet an immediate need of the community.
For more information:
- visit Our Neighbourhood Community Grants
- view our latest grant winners, or
- sign up to our newsletter for all the latest updates
Our Neighbourhood Trust
In 2013 Australia Post launched the Our Neighbourhood Trust as a way for our staff and customers to support the great work taking place in local communities, primarily through the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program.
After a strategic review in 2016, the Trustee decided to close the Trust, to allow Australia Post to focus on more effective ways to support community programs.
Why the change?
After a strategic review, it became clear that the structure of a trust – a public ancillary fund – wasn’t the best way to generate meaningful support for small community organisations. We’re now looking at more effective ways to support these organisations.
Will the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program continue?
Yes, we’re as committed as ever to supporting the powerful and positive work taking place in our communities. The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program will continue, and we’re exploring additional ways to give back to communities too.
A solid foundation
We’re enormously proud of the Trust’s contribution – in four years we’ve given more than $1.1 million to small community organisations across Australia via 145 grants. Organisations that are helping to build a healthier, more inclusive and more connected communities around Australia. We’re looking forward to continuing this great work.
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