Our communities

GWA’s policy is to act responsibly, ensuring that our people deal appropriately with the communities in which we operate, to encourage and gain their support.

We continue to partner with a range of community-based and charitable organisations to support their endeavours which is in line with our vision of making life better.

GWA supports the following organisations:

GWA and The Smith Family, Making Life Better

The Smith Family is the largest Australian children’s education charity helping young Australians living in disadvantage to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.  

The Smith Family supports children in need through their flagship Learning for Life program. This evidence-based program helps children to more fully participate in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support aids in their educational journey throughout their school years.  This innovative approach is improving the attendance and outcomes for disadvantaged children at school and is enabling them to be engaged in further study or work after leaving the program.

GWA supports 57 primary student scholarships, split across schools in drought-affected communities across Australia, and three tertiary students studying environmental studies.

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Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines’ mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love. They co-ordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, education programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects.

By sponsoring Sustainable Coastlines, GWA is helping remove 30,000 litres of rubbish annually from New Zealand beaches and waterways. Plans are underway for staff clean up days at local beaches, and a customer event at Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Education Centre - a living building based on sustainable practices – built using 80% salvaged materials.

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GIVIT

GIVIT Listed Ltd is a national not-for-profit organisation supporting all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people.

GWA worked with GIVIT to donate products to residents of the Townsville community affected by the severe floods in 2019.

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GWA in the community

Of GWA’s $381.7 million in revenue for FY19, approximately: $60.9 million was spent on salary/wages and benefits to our employees; $22.9 million was remitted in income taxes; $48.8 million was returned to GWA shareholders in the form of dividends; and $281.6 million was paid to suppliers.