Expressions of Interest for charitable use of Kirribilli House
In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of 26 May 2008, the Department is calling for Expressions of Interest from registered Australian Charities to use Kirribilli House in Sydney for fundraising events. Charities with a national focus are invited to submit proposals to use the official residence for a fundraising event such as open days, receptions, dinners or garden tours to raise funds for the important work they undertake for disadvantaged Australians. Up to ten charities will secure the right to hold a fundraiser at Kirribilli House each year.
Charities are invited to submit an expression of interest in hosting a charity event at Kirribilli House in Sydney in line with the Prime Minister's announcement on 26 May 2008. Charities should read the Frequently Asked Questions before completing a registration form.
- Who can submit an Expression of Interest?
- How do we submit an Expression of Interest?
- What should be included in an Expression of Interest?
- What is the selection process?
- What types of functions can be held at Kirribilli House?
- How much will it cost to hold a charity function at Kirribilli House?
- Will the Prime Minister or other Government Ministers be there?
- Do we need a certain type of insurance?
- Is there someone I can contact if I have further queries?
Any registered Australian charity which has a national focus (see Definition of a Charity below)
Expressions of Interest can be submitted by using the form below.
Expressions of interest should include the type of function proposed, anticipated attendance numbers and any special requirements (catering, equipment hire etc). If you are seeking attendance of the Prime Minister or other Government Ministers this should also be included in the Expression of Interest.
The Department will work with the selected charities to find a suitable time and date however preferences could be noted in the Expression of Interest.Top
- charities will be invited to submit an expression of interest in hosting a charity event, including the nature of the function to be held;
- the expressions of interest will be evaluated against criteria of being a registered Australian Charity which has a national focus;
- timing of events for eligible charities will be settled in consultation with the charity.
The Department will consider all reasonable requests for use of Kirribilli House.
The use of Kirribilli House is free of charge however charities would be liable to pay for any costs incurred by the Commonwealth as a result of the function. This could include catering, cleaning and any additional security requirements. Cost will be dependent on the type of function. The Department will work with your charity to provide this information early in the planning process.Top
It is not expected that the Prime Minister or other Government Ministers would be in attendance however should you wish to request this, it should be included within your Expression of Interest.
Public Liability Insurance is required.
Queries can be addressed to the Official Establishments Unit email address - OfficialEstablishments@pmc.gov.au or alternatively by phoning 02 6271 5123.Top
A charity is an entity established for altruistic purposes that the law regards as charitable. Charitable purposes are the relief of poverty, the relief of the needs of the aged, the relief of sickness or distress, the advancement of religion, the advancement of education, the provision of child care services on a non-profit basis and other purposes beneficial to the community (or section of the community).
The characteristics of a charity are:
- it is an entity that is also a trust fund or an institution
- it exists for the public benefit or the relief of poverty
- its purposes are charitable within the legal sense of that term
- it is non-profit, and
- its sole purpose is charitable.
An organisation is not charitable if:
- it is carried on for the purposes of profit or gain to particular persons including its owners or members, or
- it is primarily for sporting, recreational or social purposes, or
- it is primarily for political, lobbying or promotional purposes.
Some examples of organisations whose purposes are NOT charitable include:
- commercial or business enterprises operated for fund raising purposes
- community service organisations that have a significant membership purpose, such as traditional service clubs, for example, Rotary and Lions clubs
- organisations carried on for the common interests of the members, such as professional or trade groups
- organisations established primarily for political, lobbying or promotional purposes.
This form should be completed by a representative of the charity and submitted either via email to:
or by mail to
Official Establishments Unit
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600