Official Establishments Charity Events Programme

VIP Operations in our Department manages the Official Establishments Charity Events Programme.

This programme is designed to provide an opportunity for Australian Charities to use Kirribilli House or The Lodge for fundraising events where all profits from the event go towards a registered Australian charity or charitable project.

All costs incurred by the Commonwealth for goods and services for the event will be recovered from the charity by VIP Operations.

Under the Programme up to 15 events between Kirribilli House and The Lodge will be held each calendar year.

Kirribilli House and The Lodge are not available for political fundraising, hire or use for commercial purposes. They are Commonwealth heritage listed properties and do not have the full functionalities of commercial premises.

How do I submit an application?

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Please read the following information before applying:

  1. Information to use Kirribilli House or The Lodge for a Charity Event 
  2. Definition of a Charity Event

Complete the online form: 

Or download the information pack PDF file and send the completed form to the Official Establishments Section.

via email:

via post: The Official Establishments Charity Events Programme 

VIP Operations Section

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

PO Box 6500


For further information email or call 02 6271 6222.

How will my application be processed?

The VIP Operations Section will process the application within a reasonble time of receiving it.

The VIP Operations Section will evaluate the application in the following way:

  • in consultation with the Prime Minister’s Office
  • against the criteria at Definition of a Charity Event, the charity event must meet one or more of criteria A. and none of criteria B.
  • availability of Kirribilli House or The Lodge
  • priority will be given to applicants which have not previously held charity events at Kirribilli House or The Lodge

How will I know if my application has been successful?

The Official Establishments Section will confirm the outcome of the application with the applicant. If the event is approved the Official Establishments Section will liaise with the applicant on the event logistics.

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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6271 5111