Austal Giving

Austal is committed to helping the local communities in which we live and work. As part of this commitment to corporate social responsibility, Austal has established ‘Austal Giving’ - a platform for the company and its employees to provide assistance in various forms, to worthwhile community and charitable programs.

‘Austal Giving’ leverages our people and business' natural capabilities to improve opportunities for employment, learning, health and wellbeing and the environment. Aligning with own corporate culture, Austal carefully considers and chooses to support programs and organisations that can demonstrate a high degree of operational efficiency - ensuring the delivery of maximum benefit to the targeted people in need.

Austal has established a dedicated Austal Giving Committee to lead and manage support activities - and ensure Austal makes a real difference in our local communities.

Through a robust review process, applications are critically assessed for compliance against Austal’s support criteria;


Austal Giving is a key element of Austal Limited's corporate social responsibility (CSR) arrangements, with objectives that align and support the company's Environmental, Social and Governance Strategy, outlined in the 2019 report, available from the Corporate Governance page of the Austal (Corporate) website.

Some of Austal Giving’s current and past projects are detailed below. These projects have and will continue to provide community benefit beyond the initial support period.

For more information on ‘Austal Giving’ please contact the Austal Giving Committee via



Anglicare WA – Young Hearts Program

Austal supports Anglicare's Young Hearts program which provides much-needed counselling support services to women and children who have suffered domestic violence in Rockingham, Western Australia.

With two full-time counsellors, funded by Austal and Telethon, the program has been successful in reducing the waiting time for appointments from over 300 to just 31 days

Find out more

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation

Austal employees and Austal Giving support the great work of the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation through the long-running 'Freo Doctor' Lottery that raises funds for important medical research in a number of areas, including;

  • Maternal and infant health
  • Childhood disease and injury
  • Endocrine disorders including diabetes
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Burn management and treatment
  • Inflammatory and rare diseases
  • Mental health
  • Heart disease
  • Heart and lung transplant
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation for improved recovery

Every dollar raised by Austal employees through the Freo Doctor Lottery is matched by Austal Giving and goes directly toward helping the Foundation to focus on the identified health needs of the community of south metropolitan Perth.

Spinnaker prioritises research that aims to translate findings to practice - to ensure the best possible diagnosis, treatment and care of the people who attend local hospitals; as well as projects that focus on prevention to ensure the improved life outcomes for everyone in our community.

For more information about the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation, or to find out how you can help go to


Freo Doctor Lottery

Running now for over 16 years at Fremantle Hospital and for 13 years at Austal, employees participate in the Freo Doctor Lottery to vie for the chance to win a weekly cash prize, with 50% of the proceeds going to the Foundation.

The Freo Doctor Lottery is a fantastic project and provides a forum where you can support the important research of the foundation whilst at the same time have a little fun with the lottery.

Freo Doctor Lottery gives you the chance of winning cash prize every payday! Staff can purchase $2 “chances” in the weekly/fortnightly draw, and Spinnakers' computer-drawn lottery system picks the winner.

For more information on the Freo Doctor Lottery and how to introduce it to your workplace, please contact Russell McKenney on 0438 932 748 or


Austal Giving is again supporting Lifeline WA's Lights for Lifeline campaign that is raising funds for the Lifeline 13 11 14 telephone counseling service - helping to prevent suicide and provide crisis support in our local community.

Sadly, the rate of suicide in Western Australia is rising and one Western Australian takes their own life every day. It is the leading cause of death for Western Australians between 15 and 44 years. And for every life lost too soon, many parents, children, siblings, friends and colleagues are left devastated.

Lifeline WA receives an increased demand for assistance over the holiday period from people throughout WA, coping with issues such as loneliness, financial hardship and family problems.

To support the great work of their call centre, which is open 24/7 (including all day Christmas Day), Austal Giving has made a donation of $4,000 to Lights for Lifeline. This will help cover the costs to train another crisis support volunteer.

Lights for Lifeline Christmas Tree

The Lights for Lifeline Christmas Tree in Yagan Square, Perth

The Lights for Lifeline Christmas Tree has returned to Yagan Square (in the Perth CBD) in 2019. Lit with more than 47,000 lights, the tree represents the number of Western Australians who found support from Lifeline WA by calling 13 11 14 over the last 12 months.

The lights on the Lights for Lifeline Christmas Tree were switched on last week, so why not take your family and friends into the city for a look!

You too can help fund this important service by making a donation at 

If you, or someone you know, is in a crisis situation, please call 13 11 14 (Australia only).