Become a partner

Become a PartnerYour business can take an active role in providing support and resources to domestic and family violence prevention services.

The staff really pull together when we have a fundraiser – it gives them a sense of us as caring about the community, people… women and kids… in crisis who we will never know but who we can help so easily. – Jacki Eames, Manager People, GHD.

We have shown many times over that by creating a team building environment where all members pull together to help those in need, your teamwork will flourish and nurture relationships, translating in to increasing productivity. It is a proven fact that happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them.

Not only will you encourage teamwork within your business but your support will make a world of difference in what can often be desperate situations facing women and children, other family members, and the services themselves as they struggle to meet a broad range of needs.

Our partners tell us that their partnership is one of the most rewarding experiences to cross their path.

Call us on 07 3119 6347 to get started or download our Workplace Program for more information.

Doesn’t the government fund these services?

This is one of the most in-demand and underfunded sectors. Yet the staff deliver one of the toughest and most complex services—supporting physically and emotionally abused women and their children to create new lives free from violence. These services receive government funding to provide basic essentials for the refuge. But it’s just that, basic essentials: wages, rent, electricity, gas, basic groceries.

A partnership means the service is better equipped to support women and children fleeing violent homes. We’re not talking about creature comforts. We’re talking about things like linen and pillows, their own underwear and clothes, toiletries and school packs.

Our community partners have incredibly humble needs. A business’ support to meet these needs makes a world of difference to the women and children staying there, and the staff who must budget every cent.

Our corporate partners

Our corporate partners make it possible for Australia’s CEO Challenge to create our business-community partnerships and provide workplace education and awareness programs.

We tailor each Corporate Partner package to meet the needs of your organisation because we believe your partnership should be as unique as you are. As a corporate partner, you are also making critical contributions to un-partnered community partners. Call us on 07 3119 6347 or email us to talk about how a corporate partnership could work for your business.



Minter Ellison was one of the original corporate partners and their support has been critical to our growth over the last 11 years. They host our office, our ICT needs, phones, meeting rooms–we could not exist without their support! 11 years ago Minter Ellison decided that they wanted to partner with the organisation driving awareness and change for a world free from domestic and family violence thus helping every single one of the refuges that we work with. Thank you.

“Women and children should be able to live in a world free of domestic and family violence, where families are safe.  Our partnership with CEO Challenge is designed to break the silence surrounding domestic violence in workplaces and communities.” – Robert Reed, Special Council, Minter Ellison Lawyers.

The Gold Coast SUNS strongly support a focus on Respect and Responsibility to both women and children and also within the wider Community.

The Gold Coast SUNS have this year signed off on an agreement with the Queensland Government to assist in the delivery of the “ACT as One” program. This programs will see Government and the Gold Coast SUNS “ACT as One” to raise awareness of Domestic Violence.

A key component of this Respect and Responsibility pillar is supporting the area of Domestic Violence awareness where the club works closely in programs, activity and fundraising with Australia’s CEO Challenge.

They also sit on the working group for the White Ribbon Campaign in Queensland donating their time, skills and resources.

“The entire Gold Coast SUNS team (staff and players) are proud to be working along side Australia’s CEO Challenge, as together, we combat 1 of the greatest social challenges currently present on the Gold Coast.” – Corey Bell, Community Programs Manager, Gold Coast SUNS.

Our business partners

Business partnerships are a direct relationship with a domestic violence support agency. A business-community partnership brings safety and stability to women and children escaping violent family homes. Most of these partnership provide financial and in-kind support to the refuges who provide emergency accommodation to women and children escaping dangerous homes. Read stories from our business-community partnerships on our blog and our social media pages including Facebook.

There 55 refuges in Queensland alone and only 20 have businesses partnered with them. Our missions is to partner every refuge in Australia providing a safety net for women and children escaping violent homes.

To become a business community partner email or call us on 07 3119 6347.




Business partner : Australia Post

Refuge partner : an Ozcare refuge

Duration of partnership : 4 years

Australia Post makes a positive difference in their workplace by demonstrating a commitment to valuing the wellbeing of families and communities.


Business partner : Brisbane City Council – City Lifestyle

Refuge partner : a Save the Children refuge

Duration of partnership : 12 years

“Employees are very generous in their support to raise money and awareness of the devastation that Domestic and Family Violence causes within our community. Our highlight would be delivering goods and handing over money to the refuge staff – seeing their reaction, because they know how much the families appreciate our support.” – Brisbane City Council spokesperson.


Business partner : Brisbane City Council – City Planning & Sustainability

Refuge partner :The Murri Sisters

Duration of partnerhip : 4 years


Business partner : Clayton Utz

Refuge partner : a Save the Children refuge

Duration of partnerhip : 12 years

Story… Twenty boxes of children’s books were donated from the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, through the sponsorship of Clayton Utz. There are young adult novels from well known Australian writers such as John Marsden and Morris Gleitzman, Enid Blyton stories, Little Golden Books and many, many more.

The comfort and escape that a story can give to a distressed child or an exhausted mother is significant – a shelf of books is a very special addition to a shelter. These boxes will be distributed to refuges across South East Queensland.


Business partner : Charlton Brown Group

Refuge partner : Chisholm Inc

Duration of partnerhip : 4 years


Business partner : Dimension Data

Refuge partner : Windana Support Centre

Duration of partnerhip : 4 years

“We are very passionate about our partner refuge being a high priority for Dimension Data. It is important to give time as well as money.” – Spokesperson from Dimension Data.


Business partner : GHD

Refuge partners : Lifeline Community Care Refuge, Families Plus Refuge, Sonshine Sanctuary Association Inc, Ipswich Women’s Shelter, Macleod Accommodation Support Service (MASS) Inc and Relationships Australia Refuge

Duration of partnerhips : Each between 4 and 10 years

Story… GHD’s Sunshine Coast office came to the rescue when their refuge partner was threatened with a court injunction by a neighbouring motel, who complained about the ‘noisy’ women and kids.

GHD, being masters in monitoring and mitigating noise emissions on projects, performed an assessment and found several cheap steps to reduce the ’noise’.

Value? Around $10,000. Thanks GHD!


Business partner : Pullenvale Lifting Club

Refuge partner : Salvation Army Refuge

Duration of partnership : 3 years

This partnership story highlights the real practical needs all refuges face as they try to meet the needs of the women and children using their service on a very limited budget seeking people with various practical skills to help the women at their centre.


Business partner : QBuild

Refuge partner : Macleod Accommodation Support Service (MASS) Inc

Duration of partnership : 8 years


Business partner : St Patrick’s College & GHD Gympie

Refuge partner : Erin house

Duration of partnership : 2 years

“The staff really pull together when we have a fundraiser – it gives them a sense of us as caring about the community, people…women and kids…. in crisis who we will never know but who we can help so easily.” – Jacki Eames, Manager-People, GHD


Business partner : Smart Service Queensland

Refuge partner : Koongoora Inc

Duration of partnership : 5 years

Story… The innovative team at Smart Service decided to have a friendly bet. They put a pack of cards face down on a board and sold raffle tickets. At the end of the week the winning raffle ticket would get to turn over a card and if they turned over the joker then they would win the jackpot which was the sum of the raffle tickets sold with $50 having been donated to their refuge… The jackpot is now at $1,700 and all staff are competing avidly trying to uncover the joker whilst raising $50 per week for their refuge.


Business partner : St Vincent’s Toowoomba

Refuge partner : Ozcare refuge

Duration of partnership : 5 years

“This long-standing partnership continues to work well. St Vincent’s Hospital staff and volunteers continue to provide for special events such as Easter and Christmas. One Christmas a large Christmas Tree was placed in the Hospital Foyer and staff, volunteers and patients provided a very large number of beautiful presents. Our partner refuge provides newsletter articles for the hospital newsletter and regularly picks up donations. We feel very positive about the Partnership and are grateful to the CEO Challenge for the support in maintaining this rewarding partnership.” St Vincent’s spokesperson


Business partner : University of Southern Queensland

Refuge partner : Domestic Violence Prevention Service – South West QLD

Duration of partnership : 2 years


Business partner : Stanwell (formerly Tarong Energy)

Refuge partner : Lifeline Community Care Qld Refuge

Duration of partnership : 7 years


Business partner : Queensland Rail

Refuge partner : DVConnectMen’s hotline : 1800 600 636 and Women’s hotline :
1800 811 811

Duration of partnership : 2 years

“We’re making a point that it takes business and community leaders to stand up and be counted, that we want to make a difference”. – Lance Hockridge, CEO, Queensland Rail & 2009 CEO Challenge Race Winner.


 Our community partners

Australia’s CEO Challenge will work with you and your community partner to make sure the relationship is mutually beneficial.

We are in constant contact with our partnered refuges and actively seek out businesses who will take on a partnership. We are expanding nationally and are looking for businesses and refuges who are ready for this challenge. Email us for more information.

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