2020 Annual report

A year in review.

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A man outside a building holding a Cane

A year in review

At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, we exist to enable people living with low vision or blindness to achieve their goals in life and connect with welcoming and inclusive communities. In recent months, it is evident that our role has never been more vital. Without skipping a beat, we came together to support those who needed us the most – and each other – in the face of an unprecedented global crisis.

At the beginning of FY 2019-20 – before the world had even heard of COVID-19 – Guide Dogs NSW/ACT had embarked on a transformative journey to redesign our service model to better serve the changing needs of our Clients and their families. These actions proved timely and ensured we had the agility to tackle the COVID-19 crisis head-on, while maintaining continuity of care for our valued Clients, and remaining connected with our volunteers, donors, supporters, and each other.

From opening the Cameron Centre in Parramatta, to celebrating ten years of the Centre for Eye Health, to participating in our very first Mardi Gras, to upgrading our technology (and our technological proficiencies), it has been a year of exploration and innovation that no one will soon forget. Now it’s time to take stock and look back at the year that was.

Our mission and vision

To empower people with low vision or blindness to actively participate in their communities.


Low vision or blindness will not limit independence.

Our purpose

We see beyond sight loss:

Guiding Clients to independence,

Seeking new ways to prevent blindness,

Creating connected communities.

Our Values

Our Clients come first in everything we do.

We believe everyone should have access to the support and tools required to live a free and independent life.

Lead with head and heart.

Forever focused on our purpose and mission, we combine care and careful planning to deliver successes worth celebrating.

Never stop exploring.

We’re fearlessly creative. We’ve always asked and answered the tough questions and if there’s a better way, we’ll find it.

Walk the talk.

The buck stops with us. So we keep our word and keep going, no matter what.

Lift each other.

From a guiding hand to a high five, we unleash and acknowledge everyone’s potential.

Our Impact.

Our Clients.

  • 53,604
    hours of Client service delivery including 9,138 hours for regional Clients.
  • 25,753
    lives positively impacted through our services. This includes Clients and their support networks.
  • 2,469
    • White Canes, tips and accessories issued.

Our Dogs.

  • 6,569
    dog training sessions held.
  • 279
    working Guide Dog teams across NSW and the ACT.

Services breakdown by type

  • Orientation and Mobility  — 56%
  • Guide Dog Mobility Services  — 22%
  • Orthoptist  — 8%
  • Assistive Technology  — 7%
  • Occupational Therapy  — 7%

Our People.

  • 198
    permanent or fixed term employees.
  • 97%
    staff agreed leadership is navigating COVID-19 challenges successfully.
  • 510
    volunteers, including 250 Puppy Raisers.
  • 6,821
    volunteer hours.
  • 17,500
    hours of Puppy Raising.

Our Community.

Community growth for Guide Dogs Australia social media channels:

  • +56%
  • +54%
  • +66%
  • 156,561
    Website visits: 7.1% increase from last year.

A message from the CEO

Creating connected communities

A portrait of Dale Cleaver with a yellow Labrador

Dale Cleaver
CEO Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

For over 60 years, Guide Dogs has been in the business of overcoming barriers and this attribute is hardwired into the DNA of those who work for, and support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Much like the Clients we serve, we are adaptable, tenacious and resilient no matter the challenges we may face. With the dawning of COVID-19 came the need to lean on these skills more than ever, to ensure that the Clients we serve, remain supported and connected with their community throughout these challenging times.

Our people have demonstrated an extraordinary agility to ensure continuity of service for our Clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the implementation and utilisation of innovative technology to deliver telepractice all whilst working remotely. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT team, and the Board of Directors, for going above and beyond during these trying times. I am immensely proud of our collective achievements during such a tumultuous and unprecedented period.

Of course, prior to COVID-19, our team has prided itself on being values-driven and innovative; committed to supporting diversity and inclusive practice in our organisation and in our community. That’s why in March 2020, we unveiled our new Cameron Centre, a multi-functional Client and community space, eye-clinic and staff offices in Parramatta as part of our regional outreach strategy, to support people in western Sydney through every step of their eye-health journey. Just one month earlier, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT employees attended our very first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, supporting Clients who had been unable to attend before now, and helping them establish vital connections with their community.

In closing, I know this has been a challenging year for all Australians. That is why I am incredibly humbled to have the unwavering support of our dedicated volunteers and donors, without whom we would be unable to continue the vital work that we do. Through your passion and generosity, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT was able to remain connected with our valued Clients, ensuring we were there when they needed us the most, and for that, we are truly grateful.

A message from the Board

Banding together to make a big difference.

A portrait of Kieran Lane

Mr Kieran Maurice Lane

The Board remain immensely proud of the positive impact that Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has delivered this year. The commitment of our people to serve has never been more evident or more vital than during these most challenging of times.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has continued to lead both locally and nationally, with new and innovative programs that drive efficiency, performance and most importantly Client outcomes.

Delivering an outstanding result this year, the sale of our Chatswood property in late 2019 was another major milestone for the organisation. The sale, alongside a terrific result in fundraising will enable the execution of our long term strategy to significantly invest in new regional infrastructure and extend our reach geographically over the coming years; making sure we will always be there for our Clients, where they need us most.

Guide Dogs remains Australia’s Most Trusted Charity brand for the seventh year, and herein lies public recognition of the inherent integrity of our organisation to be transparent, reliable and Client focussed. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has a long and solid history in this space and this year saw a focus on further strengthening our strong values based culture to ensure the highest ethical practice and governance is maintained.

With a continued demand for services and a universal commitment to continuous improvement, this year saw Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Guide Dogs Victoria enter into a new era of innovation and collaboration, with the creation of three shared “Centres of Excellence” across the two organisations. As a result of the consolidation, we have seen an increase in performance and efficiency in Marketing and Communications, Fundraising and our iconic Guide Dog Services.

The Board continues to focus on ensuring the long term sustainability of the organisation. I’d like to formally acknowledge my fellow Board members, who have demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to service this year; working through exceptionally difficult circumstances with diligence and determination.

Special thanks to Linda Druitt and Barry Stephen OAM for their service on the Board on completion of their term and welcome to our newest Board members, Darryl Newton and Preeti Bajaj.

In closing, and on behalf of the Board, I commend Dale Cleaver and his Executive team for the strong leadership they have demonstrated this year. To our incredible employees, volunteers, supporters and donors, we salute you for your service to people with low vision or blindness. Through your collective efforts, Guide Dogs continues to change lives for the better, enabling young and old to become more independent and achieve their goals in life.

Message from Joint Patrons of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Advocacy, accessibility, and acceptance.

A portrait of Margaret Beazley and Dennis Wilson

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC
Governor of New South Wales
Mr Dennis Wilson

Dennis and I have been delighted to serve as joint Patrons of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT over the past year, continuing the long relationship between the office of the Governor of New South Wales and Guide Dogs.  This has been a challenging year, particularly in adapting to the constraints of the new COVID-19 world.

For us, a highlight of the past year was our visit to the Guide Dog Centre at Glossodia in late 2019 to witness first-hand the world-class breeding and training facilities in this beautiful location. It was a very special day, especially meeting 8-week-old Puppy ‘Beazley’ for the very first time. We have enjoyed following his training journey this year and were especially delighted by his high-spirited visit to Government House in January.

In May, we met with CEO Dale Cleaver, and President, Kieran Lane, in a virtual meeting to hear how Guide Dogs has continued to provide vital services, across the State, to people with low vision or blindness.  We were impressed to learn how the organisation has worked around the limitations to face-to-face interactions, moving quickly to support Clients through tele-practice and virtual connection services.  We were interested to hear how Volunteer Puppy Raisers have continued to care for and help train puppies and dogs-in-training throughout this period.

Dennis and I are looking forward to the time when we can meet in person again.  We commend the work of staff, volunteers and donors as each one of you contributes to empowering people with low vision or blindness to actively participate in their communities.

  • 53,604
    hours of Client service delivery including 9,138 hours for regional Clients.
  • 25,753
    lives positively impacted through our services. This includes Clients and their support networks.
  • 2,469
    White Canes, tips and accessories issued.
  • 6,569
    dog training sessions held.
  • 279
    working Guide Dog teams across NSW and the ACT.

Supporting people to independence

We believe everyone should have the same access to the support and tools required to live a free and independent life. At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (GDN), we enable Clients to live their lives, their way. We understand that no two Clients are the same, so the journey and level of support for each Client and family is different – and that’s something we can be proud of.

At GDN, we also believe that low vision or blindness should not limit independence or the opportunity to live a rich and fulfilling life. Each year, our highly trained employees connect with over 3,000 Clients through services, newsletters or intervention, to help them achieve their mobility goals and actively participate in their communities.

The launch of our new Assistive Technology (AT) Help Desk has provided real time help, tips and support to Clients using assistive technology to navigate, connect, and achieve their goals. Peer support groups like Chatterpaws are giving Clients the opportunity to share their experiences with likeminded people in a more intimate and personal online setting.

Finally, our new ten-member Customer Advisory Panel (CAP) continues our commitment to putting Client voices first. The CAP opens new doors to Clients, providing a safe space for them to have their say and bring their lived experience and their unique and valuable perspectives to our planning and continuous improvement.

“I have some positive feedback for you and I wanted to say how much I just love our Chatter Paws group, and it is really beneficial for me and I always feel awful if there is a week when I’m unable to do it like these last two weeks. I have been enjoying connecting with other people who are like me. I feel very welcome and included in the group.” Kirrily Brooks, GDN Client

Meanwhile at Guide Dogs:

Introducing the AT Help Desk

Services breakdown by type

  • Orientation and Mobility  — 56%
  • Guide Dog Mobility Services  — 22%
  • Orthoptist  — 8%
  • Assistive Technology  — 7%
  • Occupational Therapy  — 7%
  • 198
    permanent or fixed term employees.
  • 97%
    staff agreed leadership is navigating COVID-19 challenges successfully.
  • 510
    volunteers, including 250 Puppy Raisers.
  • 6,821
    volunteer hours.
  • 17,500
    hours of Puppy Raising.

Our people

Forever focused on our purpose and mission, we combine care and careful planning to deliver successes worth celebrating.

If our Clients are at the heart of everything we do, our people are the lifeblood of our organisation. Over the last year we have seen the dedication and passion of our employees and volunteers put to the test – and we are emerging as a stronger and more unified force than ever.

We opened FY 2019-20 by introducing new services focused on connection and access – and these could not have been implemented at a more critical time. Little were we to know these employee-led innovations would take on an even more critical role in connecting Clients to us, to each other, and to the communities around them, as the world went into lockdown.

While many of our ‘in person’ volunteer programs were suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, our volunteer Puppy Raisers, Home Boarders and Home Helpers immediately rallied; working closely with us to make sure we continued to successfully raise and train future Guide Dogs. Equally, our amazing Canine Court Companion Program volunteers cared for our Court Dogs at home, as they were unable to work in the courthouses across the state during lockdown.

  • $13.9M
    from 139,982 donations.
  • 844
    different sites for our Donation Dogs, raising $512,442.
  • $29.7M
    left through generous Gifts in Wills.
  • 18
    Guide Dog Partners across the last year.
  • $392,757
    raised in NSW through 3,559 participants as part of PAWGUST.

Our Supporters

All around our beautiful country, there are thousands of everyday people who make the sacrifice to give freely for others in need.

At GDN, we value the investment and trust our supporters place in us every day to turn their generous donations into programs and services that support people in NSW and the ACT living with low vision or blindness to achieve their goals in life.

Like our Clients and staff, 2020 has seen us adapt to new ways of connecting with our donors. Our dedicated Fundraising staff have found innovative and exciting ways to engage our current supporters and to expand into whole new donor demographics through online events and social media. We have loved the conversations we have had with donors this year, many of which have been supporting GDN for decades.

They have lifted our spirits in challenging times and we remain eternally grateful to our amazing donors who continue to support us with as much passion and generosity as they have for more than 60 years.

You may have dropped some loose change into a coin Donation Dog. You might be a regular monthly Puppy Sponsor. You may have walked your dog to raise funds for PAWGUST. You might be a Major Sponsor, or you’ve chosen to leave us a gift in your Will.

However you have made a contribution to our vital work – we sincerely thank you!


Meanwhile at Guide Dogs:

It’s International White Cane Day

2 images of Doug Cameron officially opening the Cameron Centre

The Cameron Centre

We’re fearlessly creative. We’ve always asked and answered the tough questions and if there’s a better way, we’ll find it.

In March 2020, GDN alongside the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH), officially opened the Cameron Centre in Parramatta, providing vital eye health care and support services to residents of Western Sydney.

Named in honour of major benefactor Doug Cameron, the Centre addresses the growing demand for health services in the region, offering a three-phased approach to eye health that will proactively support people through every stage of their eye health journey:

  • Prevention and early detection services through the Centre for Eye Health and a strategic partnership with Westmead Hospital;
  • Services for people with low vision or blindness including Orientation and Mobility, Guide Dog Mobility, Assistive Technology and more;
  • Peer support services that connect Clients to each other and to their communities.

We are exceptionally privileged to have had the generous support of Doug Cameron to enable this venture. It was wonderful to see his whole family join us for the launch and it was clear that the Cameron clan share the same passion as Doug for making a positive contribution in this world.

“I know first-hand the positive impact Guide Dogs’ services make to a person with low vision or blindness. I’m a lot more confident in not only how I move about my community, but in life in general. I’m excited that the new Cameron Centre will have all of Guide Dogs offerings under one roof, as it makes the services linear and easier to navigate in all senses. In particular I’m thrilled about the new connection services. It’s so important to foster a sense of community and to me that’s a very unique quality that Guide Dogs offers.”
Jatin Dhanji, GDN Client.

Meanwhile at Guide Dogs:

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020

Shan standing next to a wall, smiling at the camera

Centres of Excellence

To maximise our impact and get the most out of every donated dollar, Guide Dogs needs to think commercially and sustainably. That’s why, over the last 12 months, we have established three Centres of Excellence across Guide Dogs Victoria and GDN including the:

  • Marketing and Communications Centre of Excellence
  • Fundraising Centre of Excellence
  • Guide Dog Centre of Excellence

The Centres of Excellence will allow us to create more efficiencies, lift performance and innovation levels and develop emerging leaders across both organisations to deliver the highest impact for the people we support.

Adult client doing Karate class

Centre for Eye Health

Ten years ago, GDN made a commitment to not only support people living with low vision or blindness, but to proactively work to reduce the incidence of preventable blindness through a joint initiative with the University of NSW. In that time, the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) has carried out over 65,000 appointments with more than 34,300 people receiving community-based care, preventing unnecessary referral to hospital-based ophthalmology services.

The CFEH now operates out of three key locations, including the new Cameron Centre in Parramatta, where in 2020 we commenced working with Westmead Hospital Ophthalmology under the Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) project.

  • 10,652 eye-diagnostic referrals received from optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • $1.1 million grants awarded to CFEH-based staff to promote research on eye-health diseases.
  • The ongoing work of Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith into outer retinal changes in macular degeneration.
  • The team led by Prof Michael Kalloniatis and Dr Barbara Zangerl, investigating the link between structure and function.
  • Continues to provide education to Undergraduate students (through UNSW) and Postgraduate Community Optometrists.
A Mardi Gras float featuring a large Labrador statue wearing a colourful outfit

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The theme of the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade was “What Matters” – and what matters to GDN is accessibility, inclusion, freedom and choice for Clients. We want to ensure Clients have the opportunity to participate in large scale, iconic events, and encourage inclusion and access for all. So, in February 2020, GDN participated in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the very first time.

A group of 60 participants including Clients with low vision or blindness, their friends and family, GDN Ambassadors including Dolly Diamond and staff marched in the parade in a float entitled, ‘Feel the Love’.

Gulliver, our much-loved, 4.3 metre, fibreglass Labrador made a special appearance wearing a costume designed in a collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and Clients. Gulliver’s giant fluorescent ensemble was created with tactile elements allowing people with low vision or blindness the opportunity to experience Gulliver’s adornments through touch.

In addition to the ‘Feel the Love’ float, GDN and MCA offered an audio description service to Clients seated in the parade’s official accessible viewing area, so those present could have the parade and its surrounds described to them in detail. Samples of Gulliver’s tactile costume were handed out in the viewing area so spectators could touch and experience the costume for themselves.

The Mardi Gras experience also generated a large amount of media coverage and brand presence, being voted by The Huffington Post as one of the best floats to look out for.

  • 60 participants
  • 130m media reach
  • One giant Labrador

“Marching in the Mardi Gras parade is something I’ve always had on my bucket list, and I can’t wait to get involved, throw some glitter around and generally get into the spirit of the parade. When I found out Guide Dogs was participating in this year’s Mardi Gras I was so excited and just knew I had to be involved. I am bisexual and love queer pride, so for me it’s so important to feel the love for the LGBTQI community and how far we’ve come. I’m also really into cosplay, and that’s also a community were all types of people are embraced. For me, Mardi Gras really is the big package!” 

Ingrid Barnes, GDN Client

Sharing our stories far and wide

The stories of our Clients, staff and volunteers, and the passion they have for our organisation, are one of our greatest assets. By telling their stories we have the power to generate change and increase awareness of both our brand and the needs of those we support. When people see us in the news, we want to authentically represent Client voices, shift attitudes through advocacy, and inspire people to help us continue the work we do.

A White Tip cane on yellow tactile paving

Our 2019 International White Cane Day campaign gave us a chance to collaborate with select Apple stores to host and promote special assistive technology sessions for many of our young Clients. Guide Dog Handler James Bennett and his now retired Guide Dog Brogan were featured in stories for 2019 International Day of People with Disability, celebrating more than 400 airplane flights together and highlighting Guide Dog travel access rights.

A group of people wearing dog ears facing the camera with a rainbow flag

Our involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February 2020 produced media coverage that centered on the importance of inclusion and access while footage of our first litter born in the 2020 new year resulted in more than 50 new Puppy Raising enquiries across NSW and VIC. We even had one very generous supporter confirm a bequest after seeing the amazing work of Guide Dogs in a media article.

Screenshot of a zoom meeting between 3 Labradors

The emergence of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown restrictions limited our access to our communities and therefore our ability to create ‘in person’ content. This also presented us with a new opportunity to generate our own content and find new ways of reaching our audience. Our International Guide Dog Day 2020 Zoom event was just one example; allowing us to share this iconic day on the GDN calendar by beaming directly into people’s lounge rooms through their computer screens. The day generated a huge amount of media interest, and created increased engagement through our social media channels.

A woman smiling looking at her yellow Labrador Guide Dog

Since January 2020, these stories of real people facing and overcoming real challenges have reached a huge 350 million people across the country. We are confident that by continuing our successful collaboration with Guide Dog organisations around Australia, we will only see this increase, for the benefit of those whose stories are being heard, and the longevity of the GDN brand.

Meanwhile at Guide Dogs:

Gulliver’s Journey to Mardi Gras

Community growth for Guide Dogs Australia social media channels:

  • +56%
  • +54%
  • +66%
  • 156,561
    Website visits: 7.1% increase from last year.

Physically distant but socially connected

We all know how powerful social media can be in keeping people connected, especially those members of our community who are most vulnerable or isolated. We also know how vital this connection is during COVID-19 and we wanted to make it easier for our social media followers to get the most timely and critical content all in the one place.

In April 2020, we embarked on a mission to streamline state-based Guide Dogs social media pages into one united channel, starting by bringing together GDN and Guide Dogs Victoria under the Guide Dogs Australia national brand.

By the end of June, the Guide Dogs Australia Facebook had grown by over 7,000 new followers which was seven times higher than the growth achieved by the Guide Dogs Australia pages in the previous period! As a result of the success of the trial, Guide Dogs SA/NT and Guide Dogs Queensland joined the social media consolidation trial in August 2020.

Aunty Mary wearing a knitted poncho in black, red and yellow, using her cane to help cross the road

Vale Aunty Mary

From a guiding hand to a high five, we unleash and acknowledge everyone’s potential.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should exercise caution when viewing this webpage as it may contain images of deceased persons. GDN continues to share Aunty Mary’s story and message as per the wishes of her family.

Aunty Mary was an Indigenous Elder and Bundjalung woman who played a major role connecting GDN to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sadly, Aunty Mary passed away on Monday 30 September 2019.

Aunty Mary started working with GDN in 2012, with the creation and development of education materials in ‘Aunty Mary’s Story’ which later became the Aunty Mary Program. This project was developed to help Indigenous Peoples learn the importance of looking after their eyesight.

Aunty Mary worked tirelessly, and with the strong support of her husband Rodney, to educate her own community through field days, the annual Yarbon Festivals, and other events. She worked alongside Aboriginal Eye Health specialists, Optometrists, and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, presenting at numerous conferences.

Aunty Mary is remembered for her natural warmth, sense of humour and relentless promotion of GDN’s services in her desire to improve the eye health of Indigenous Peoples. She even had her own long cane painted in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. She is greatly missed.

Meanwhile at Guide Dogs:

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC address to Sydney Law School students

Stella’s ‘Rainbow Day’

Stella and her family holding a giant cheque for $10,009 with a yellow Labrador lying in front of them.

Five year old GDN Client Stella organised an out of uniform ‘rainbow day’ at her school to raise awareness of Achromatopsia among her peers and to raise funds for Guide Dogs. Stella asked her school mates to wear rainbow colours to school one Friday in July and make a gold coin donation. Through her Rainbow Day and other fundraising, Stella raised an incredible amount – more than $10,000!

Stella was born with Achromatopsia which is a condition characterised by a partial or total absence of colour vision. It can also cause an increased sensitivity to light and glare (photophobia), involuntary back-and-forth eye movements (nystagmus), and significantly reduced sharpness of vision (low visual acuity).

Stella has been working with our Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists to learn how to use a cane to help navigate her way outside where she has difficulty seeing poles and uneven surfaces. GDN’s O&M Specialists are also working with Stella to help her gain an understanding and acceptance of her low vision, and confidence in responding to questions about her vision. As part of this work, we worked with Stella to prepare a simple story that explains Achromatopsia in a way that is easy for children to understand. Stella’s school shared the story with students as part of Rainbow Day to help raise awareness of Achromatopsia and so her school mates can understand how it affects Stella.

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer holding her rainbow cane at Mardi Gras

Jennifer Parry has been receiving services from GDN for 35 years. Jennifer, who has been blind since birth, has the eye condition microphthalmia.

Jennifer uses a white cane as her preferred mobility aid and also the Guide Dogs GPS app. Of the skills she has learnt through working with GDN’s Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Jennifer says, “It’s been completely empowering – being able to get around my community, to take public transport, engage in education. I’ve learnt skills and now have the tools to enhance my confidence and independence.”

An aspiring musician, Jennifer has just completed studying a Diploma of Music Industry Performance at Ultimo TAFE, and plays piano and flute. A singer also, Jennifer is inspired by Adele, Shania Twain and Bette Midler. Music, for Jennifer, is her form of self-expression, but she would love to turn this into a career and perform professionally one day!

Jennifer has worked part-time at Blind Citizens Australia for the past two years,– initially as Administrations Communication Officer, with a recent promotion to Program Officer. Jennifer loves her work at BCA saying, “Every piece of work is meaningful and rewarding. It has a direct impact on people’s lives.”

Her love of all things music and self-expression, combined with a passion for diversity and acceptance lead Jennifer to participate as part of the Client cohort in GDN’s first Mardi Gras in early 2020. “Mardi Gras was such an inclusive experience, the ambience was euphoric, and the audio description provided made it incredibly immersive.”


Income $
Gifts in Wills 29,670,356
Donations and other fundraising activities 15,382,609
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Medicare and other government revenue 4,477,950
Income from investments 1,226,806
Contract Services income 395,543
Other income 743,398
Total Revenue 51,896,662

Percentage of Income

  • Gifts in Wills — 57%
  • Donations and other fundraising activities — 30%
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Medicare and other government revenue — 9%
  • Income from investments — 2%
  • Contract Services income — 1%
  • Other income — 1%


Client and community services 24,329,697
Costs of fundraising and Gifts in Wills 6,791,823
Marketing 1,272,411
Governance, finance, and administration 6,074,132
Total Expenditure 38,468,063

Percentage of Expenditure

  • Client and community services — 63%
  • Costs of fundraising and Gifts in Wills — 18%
  • Governance, finance, and administration — 16%
  • Marketing — 3%

Statement of comprehensive income

2020 2019
$’000 $’000
Gifts in Wills 29,670 13,367
Donations 15,254 10,415
Sale of fundraising merchandise 128 133
Investment income 1,228 1,681
NDIS, Medicare and other government revenue 4,478 3,155
Contract Services income 396 401
Income received upon closure of Future Fund 3,636
Other income 743 1,022
Revenue 51,897 33,810
Other gain/(losses)
Net (loss)/gain on financial assets including the fair value movement through profit and loss (1,522) 1,076
Loss on disposal of non-current assets (97) (161)
Total income 50,278 34,725
Client services costs (24,231) (23,599)
Community education and advocacy (99) (136)
Fundraising overheads including:
– Fundraising donor management (2,510) (2,691)
– Planned giving expenditure (706) (898)
– Appeal costs (3,576) (4,800)
Fundraising merchandise (86)
Marketing (1,272) (1,922)
Governance and administrative services (6,074) (5,851)
Total expenses (38,468) (39,981)
Surplus/ (Deficit) before gain on disposal of building 11,809 (5,256)
Gain on disposal of building 17,487
Net surplus/(deficit) from continuing activities 29,296 (5,256)
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income 29,296 (5,256)

Statement of financial position

2020 2019
$’000 $’000
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 4,399 4,100
Trade and other receivables 1,875 1,206
Inventories 28 27
Other financial assets 42,650 5,957
Other current assets 287 337
Total current assets 49,239 11,627
Non-current assets
Other financial assets 17 250
Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss 36,452 37,917
Property, plant and equipment 8,358 13,859
Right-of-use assets 3,065
Intangibles 162 43
Total non-current assets 48,054 52,069
Total assets 97,293 63,696
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 2,343 1,774
Lease liabilities 1,427
Employee leave provisions 1,643 1,575
Total current liabilities 5,413 3,349
Non-current liabilities
Employee leave provisions 335 361
Leasehold make good liability 115 115
Lease liabilities 2,397
Total non-current liability 2,847 476
Total liabilities 8,260 3,825
Net assets 89,033 59,871
Accumulated funds
Accumulated surplus 87,677 58,515
Reserves 1,356 1,356
Total accumulated funds 89,033 59,871

Gifts In Wills

Thank you for your generosity.


  • Winsome Aboud
  • Daphne Adnams-Head
  • James Anderson
  • Una Andrews
  • Christina Armour
  • Betty Ashby
  • Winifred Atwell
  • Leslie Backen
  • William Baker
  • The Bill and Joy Barrie Foundation
  • Susan Bateman
  • Denis Beaumont-Edmonds
  • Henry Beaver
  • Heather Benjamin
  • Dulcie Bent
  • Marjorie Bentley
  • Kenneth Betterridge
  • Joan Bettley-Cooke
  • Joyce Blomley
  • Rhonda Boberg
  • Glenn Booth
  • Marion Bourne
  • Priscilla Bowden
  • Ruth Boxwell
  • Alexander Boyle
  • Norman Brain
  • Olive Branz
  • Cynthia Brew
  • Florence Brown
  • Philomena Bryce
  • Margaret Burchill
  • Doreen Canavan
  • Mavis Carruthers
  • Elaine Charles
  • George Clark
  • Marilyn Clarke
  • Thelma Clarson
  • Betty Clayden
  • Renee Cocker
  • Richard Coggan
  • Constance Collins
  • Neroli Colvin
  • Brian Cooper
  • Donald Cormack
  • Lorna Cossar
  • Alfred Cowen
  • Norma Craig
  • Margaret Crawley
  • Hazel Cromack
  • Anna Crosby
  • Mary Davie
  • Graham Davies
  • Margaret Davin
  • Jean Deck
  • Eileen Dempsey
  • Barbara Dempster
  • Nancy Denson
  • Deidre Dick
  • Roma Dimon
  • Junette Ditter
  • Helen Dowty
  • Noelene Doyle
  • Elaine Dray
  • Barbara Eastwood
  • Beryl Ellison
  • Elaine Ewart
  • Carol Falconer
  • Catherine Faust
  • John Fishlock
  • Jean Flood
  • Doris Ford
  • Heather Ford
  • Jennifer Foster
  • Andre Frederiks
  • Max Fricke
  • Kathleen Gaeta
  • Una Gendle
  • Joyce Gibbons
  • Pamela Gidley-Baird
  • Douglas Gilmore
  • Nina Gontar
  • Phyllis Greaves
  • Jocelyn Griffiths
  • Arthur Groves
  • Edith Guyer
  • Raymond Hall
  • Beverley Hall
  • Beryl Hamilton
  • Raymond Haswell
  • Louis Hervay
  • J-Alice Hofler
  • Irene Hopkins
  • Raymond Hopkins
  • Francis Hornibrook
  • Anne Hossack
  • Bessie Howes
  • Clare Humphries
  • Patricia Hurman
  • Susan Hutchinson


  • Neville Inwood
  • William Irwin
  • Athol Johnson
  • Nola Johnson
  • Leonie Jorgensen
  • The Kemvan Trust
  • The John and Connie Kennedy Trust
  • Frank Keston
  • Marie Knispel
  • Dianne Krummel
  • Geraldine Lambert
  • Joyce Lanyon
  • David Lawson
  • Joyce Lawton
  • Phyllis Leavers
  • Ruth Leggett
  • Rhonda Loeff
  • Elaine Loewe
  • Joan Loftus
  • Margaret Long
  • Francine Love
  • Allison MacCulloch
  • Christopher Maher
  • Mavis Mann
  • Felicity Martin
  • Elaine McCahill
  • Olive McCartin
  • Janet McClure
  • Alexander McDougall
  • Mary McLennan
  • Airlie Meiklejohn
  • Ralf Moller
  • Barbara Morris
  • Vera Munro
  • Sharyn Murdoch-Daly
  • Ethel Murray
  • John Neely
  • Peter Newton
  • Norman O’Reilly
  • Gina Pash
  • Ralene Paul-Furley
  • Nancy Pegg
  • Darby Pegley
  • Eunice Phillips
  • John Pike
  • The Prance Family Trust
  • Heather Priddle
  • Florence Probine
  • William Purcell
  • Marcus Quinlivan
  • Ronald Rapley
  • Elsie Reed
  • John Richards
  • Patricia Robb
  • Elizabeth Roberts
  • Norma Rose
  • Peter Ross
  • Iris Sadler
  • Shirley Schaefer
  • Kristine Shalvey
  • Arthur Sherriff
  • Owen Shiels
  • Clive Simmonds
  • Karina Skovsgaard
  • Dorothy Slaney
  • The Eleanor Smith Trust
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Lorna Smith
  • Rose Smith
  • Rosemary Snodgrass
  • Margaret Stenhouse
  • Margaret Stewart
  • Ellen Swanbrough
  • Jessie Towndrow
  • Robert Vale
  • Josephine Virgona
  • Betty Wade
  • Blanch Wade-Ferrell
  • Geoffrey Wainwright
  • Jessie Wardman
  • Raymond Webb
  • The Dorothea Whittome Trust
  • Joanna Widawska
  • Ronald Wilkinson
  • Doris Williams
  • Lynette Willington
  • Heather Wilson
  • Janice Wilson
  • Raymond Wilson
  • Arnold Wolstenholme
  • Johanna Wyld

Our valued partners

Corporate Partners

  • Accru Felsers
  • Crane Industry Council of Australia
  • Elantis Premium Funding
  • ITSM
  • Officeworks Chatswood
  • The staff of AMP
  • The staff of Benevity Inc.
  • The staff of CAF Australia
  • The staff of HealthShare NSW
  • The staff of the Australian Tax Office
  • The staff of VivCourt Trading
  • The staff of Westpac
  • Two Way Cranes


Trusts and Foundations

  • Aged Persons Welfare Foundation
  • Australian Capital Territory Government Community Services Directorate
  • Australian Philanthropic Services
  • Elliot Family Trust
  • Equity Trustees – ANZ Community Foundation
  • Equity Trustees – John and Lois Turk Charitable Gift
  • Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Midwinter Ball
  • Hands Across Canberra
  • Hargrove Foundation
  • Honda Foundation
  • JDR Family Trust
  • John James Foundation
  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – Eldon and Anne Foote Trust
  • Perpetual Foundation
  • Rali Foundation
  • Walter Campbell Memorial Trust


Community Partners

  • C3 Carlingford
  • Evolution Hospitality Institute
  • Kfarsaroun Charity Association
  • Moruya Branch CWA
  • Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney

Community Support Groups

  • Central Coast Support Group
  • Dubbo Support Group
  • Moree Support Group
  • Mudgee Support Group
  • Rotary Club of Orange North
  • Tamworth Support Group


Pro Bono Legal Services

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Prolegis


Donation Dog Hosts

  • Blacktown RSL Club
  • Blacktown Workers Club
  • Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital
  • Centennial Homestead
  • Club Central
  • Coles Supermarkets across NSW and ACT
  • Dachshund Coffee
  • East Maitland Veterinary Clinic
  • Ettalong Bowling Club
  • Little Nero’s Pizza and Pasta
  • Merimbula RSL Club Ltd
  • Miller’s Pharmacy
  • Select IGA stores
  • Select Liquorland stores
  • Select Woolworths stores
  • St George Motor Boat Club
  • Tamworth Shoppingworld
  • The Scottish Arms

And the hundreds of other wonderful Guide Dogs Donation Dog hosts across NSW and the ACT

Our Board

  • A portrait of Kieran Lane
    Kieran Maurice Lane
  • Portrait of Preeti Bajaj
    Preeti Bajaj
  • Portrait of James S. Bennett
    James S. Bennett
  • Portrait of Zorana Bull
    Zorana Bull
  • Portrait of Ian Andrew Jamieson
    Ian Andrew Jamieson
  • Portrait of Jacqui Jones
    Jacqui Jones
  • Portrait of Steven Kouris
    Steven Kouris
  • Portrait of Robin Low
    Robin Low
  • Portrait of Darryl Newton
    Darryl Newton