Our goal is to be valued by our people, local communities and customers, for our genuine efforts towards positive social change.
We’re committed to giving back to our local communities. Our efforts focus on community projects that support mental health, Indigenous participation and substance misuse. We do this with the support of our people, our communities, and our business practices.
Our people can participate by donating from their salary, volunteering, and raising funds in teams for a number of community partners. We match the funds they raise dollar for dollar through Double My Donation, and we match up to $10,000 per charity through Team Fundraising. Last year we raised $353,684 across 23 different community partners ($164,005 by our people and $189,679 by us).
This year more than 750 Viva Energy employees across Australia donated over 650 hours to participate in 1,100 good deeds, as part of the globally acclaimed Good Deeds Day (which we have extended to Good Deeds Week).
Learn more about Good Deeds Day.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation
From January 2018 our cornerstone and largest partnership will be with the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) and will see us help them to encourage young Indigenous Australians from four remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to stay engaged in their schooling through culturally appropriate education. The focus of the partnership is on two CFF programs: Horizons Program and Activities Program, which will benefit the young people and communities of Palm Island, Woorabinda, Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku.
Learn more about the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)
We have entered into a partnership with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) that will develop and deliver a Resilience Program for young Indigenous students across Western Sydney. Viva Energy has invested $750,000 into the three-year program that will help 100 Aboriginal secondary school students from Penrith, Blacktown and Campbelltown increase attendance at school, improve their health and emotional wellbeing, and prevent substance misuse. NASCA will provide funding of $450,000 to the project.
Learn more about NASCA
Since our $600,000 partnership began in 2016, we have worked with headspace to upskill and empower more than 150 young mental health role models across Australia. These young ambassadors help destigmatise mental illness and encourage other young people in their communities to seek help. We fund training in Geelong, Sunshine, Nundah and Parramatta, and the national youth reference group hYNRG. This has included members of hYNRG successfully completing Mental Health First Aid Training. (Watch the video to learn more.)
Learn more about headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
The Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services (CAAPS)
Our three-year $300,000 partnership supports the CAAPS Volatile Substance Misuse Program. The funds are being used to establish and deliver a program that will improve the literacy and numeracy skills of young people in the Darwin-based residential treatment unit.
Learn more about The Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services.
Our three-year $120,000 partnership provides scholarships for people experiencing mental illness or issues related to substance misuse, to remove the financial barriers that can stop them participating in Northern Futures programs. Since the program began in 2016, more than 30 students have received scholarships to help them remain in education or gain employment, ranging from $75 for a forklift licence to $1,800 to help pay for childcare.
Learn more about Northern Futures.
Amity Community Services
We’re contributing $50,000 to create the Viva Energy Amity Youth Scholarships in 2017 and 2018. The scholarships (up to $2,000 each) are designed to cover the costs of activities that help young at-risk Indigenous people to stay connected to education, culture, sports or arts, reduce boredom and realise their potential.
Learn more about Amity Community Services.
Each year we invite not-for-profit organisations in our heartland communities to apply for grants totalling up to $50,000. Our Community Ambassadors evaluate applications, which must address one of three significant challenges:
- Mental illness
- Substance misuse
- Breaking the poverty cycle through education
Applications for the 2019 grants close on 31 October.
Download an Application
Read the Application guidelines
See how we’re bringing this to life in our local communities:
We use our core business capabilities and processes to help create long-term change. For example:
- We supply Northern Australia with our Low Aromatic Fuel (LAF) to help combat petrol sniffing.
- We use our procurement processes and purchasing power to support social enterprises and local organisations wherever it is commercially viable and meets quality expectations. This includes engaging Karingal (a social enterprise) at our Geelong Refinery to run the refinery cafeteria and provide gardening services.
Apprenticeships through Northern Futures
*We respectfully use the term Indigenous to refer to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As an Australian company, our vision is to work together respectfully with Indigenous* people to help them reach their destination, and in doing so build a diverse and enriched business. To deliver our vision, we’ve developed our Indigenous Participation Plan.
Meaningful progress needs the engagement and efforts of our people, customers and suppliers. This will be driven by our Indigenous Participation Advisory Group, which consists of senior members who represent all the major areas of our business, together with an independent Indigenous representative. We will target priority areas where we can make the biggest impact.
Our initial Indigenous Participation Plan was activated in November 2016. This is an updated version that acknowledges our successes and learnings and more closely aligns our Indigenous Participation Plan with our wider Community Support Strategy.
Our Indigenous Participation Plan
Our Community Support Strategy and Indigenous Participation Plan share a common goal: to be valued by our people, local communities and customers for our genuine efforts towards positive social change.
Our Indigenous Participation Plan commitments align directly with the three pillars of our Community Support Strategy:
- Our People – Create simple and inspiring ways for employees to contribute to positive social change.
- Our Local Communities – Support local projects that foster positive role models, to address significant community challenges.
- Our Business – Use our core business capabilities to help create long-term change.