The department has a workplace giving program that allows staff to make one off or regular donations to charities under post tax arrangements directly from their pay.
This year more than $85,192 in donations was distributed to 54 charities. The main beneficiaries were the Salvation Army ($10,748), Hartley Lifecare ($7,250) and Medecins Sans Frontieres ($6,076).
The department is committed to working closely with and supporting charitable organisations and community groups.
In 2016-17, the department supported a number of charities by raising awareness of the work they do through a range of internal communication activities, and sometimes through fundraising.
Charities the department supported during the year included: Lifeline Australia, DonateLife, Legacy, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Movember, the Black Dog Institute, and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
The department also supported a number of charities at the local level, including: Orange Sky Laundry, the Goulburn St Vincent de Paul Society store when it was destroyed by fire, a toy drive for refugee children in Victoria, a fund set up for the families of staff members who lost their lives in the Dreamworld accident, and the Annual Hartley Ability Cycle Challenge.
With input from staff, the department has developed a charity calendar that outlines the charities the department is committed to supporting over the next two years.